Support available to Greater Manchester GPs
Greater Manchester Workforce Bank
The GM Workforce Bank enables general practices to post shifts that they need locum GPs to work. It also enables GPs to book onto shifts that they want to work.
The GM Workforce Bank Passport enables locum GPs to keep a digital record of their employment documentation, such as DBS check and Right to work in the UK. It also enables the GPs to keep a record of the statutory and mandatory training that they have completed.
To start using the GM Workforce Bank follow these 3 steps:
- Register with the GM Primary Care website at https://bit.ly/gm-pc-register
Remember to tick the checkbox labelled Workforce Bank Passport under the field titled Your GM Primary Care Passport/s
- Log in to your GM Workforce Bank Passport at https://bit.ly/workforce-bank-passport and upload your employment documentation
- Register and book your shifts on the GM Workforce Bank at https://gmworkforcebank.co.uk
Please see the following FAQ’s for more information https://gmprimarycare.org.uk/workforce/gm-primary-care-workforce-bank.
Primary Care Networks
Primary care networks are the new way for local health services to work together to treat populations of around 30-50,000.
With the support of NHS England, primary care networks will help practices in England to achieve the objectives set out in the General Practice Forward View, the five year plan for general practice which began in 2016.
The animation below published by NHS England and NHS Improvement explains more about Primary Care Networks.
NHS Long Term Plan
As medicine advances, health needs change and society develops, the NHS has to continually move forward so that in 10 years’ time we have a service fit for the future. The NHS Long Term Plan is drawn up by frontline staff, patient groups, and national experts – it is ambitious yet realistic. Full details can be found here: https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/
Interim NHS People Plan
The Interim NHS People Plan, developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners, sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver that care and identifies the actions required to help them. Read the document at https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/publication/interim-nhs-people-plan
5-year GP Contract
There is a five-year framework for GP contract reform and GP services to implement The NHS Long Term Plan. This contract was agreed between NHS England and the BMA General Practitioners Committee (GPC) in England. Details can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/gp-contract-five-year-framework
The GP Excellence Programme is a partnership between NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The programme aims to support and improve Greater Manchester General Practices to enable care for the population by thriving general practice. It does this by supporting and developing individuals and GP practices, creating positive engagement across the GM system and beyond and creating an ‘improvement culture’ across GM General Practice – https://gpexcellencegm.org.uk
Group Consultations are a recent practice development that helps delivery of many aspects of the NHS Long Term Plan. Group Consultations are also called group clinics, shared medical appointments or group reviews. They help clinical teams to:
- Work more efficiently; save clinician time
- Develop the workforce and create capacity
- Achieve integration and collaborative working
- Drive improvement in care and outcomes
- Improve clinician and patient experience
Group Consultations are being delivered across all localities of Greater Manchester. For more information or to get involved, please speak to your Practice Manager or your local CCG – Discover our Boroughs.
National Performer List Information
Primary Care Support England (PCSE) processes all National Performer List applications for:
- GP registrars
- GPs moving from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales or abroad to practice in England
- Existing GP performers – locums, salaried and partners
They also process changes to the Performers List such as, the removal of a GP who has retired or left general practice or a performer who has sadly died in service.
PCSE now offer an online service where you can apply to join the List, or make changes to your existing Performer details. All information can be found at https://pcse.england.nhs.uk/services/performers-lists/gp-performers-list-for-england
The British Medical Association (BMA) offers model contracts, terms and conditions, FAQs and guides to help you understand any contract that has been issued to, along with what to look out for. BMA members can also benefit from a ‘Contract checking service’ and can offer advice should you have any concerns – https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts
You can also seek advice from your Local Medical Committee
Revalidation and Appraisal
Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK. All doctors who wish to retain their licence to practise need to participate in revalidation.
Medical appraisal is a process of facilitated self-review supported by information gathered from the full scope of a doctor’s work.The role of medical appraisers is crucial in ensuring the quality and consistency of appraisal for doctors.
Doctors can find full details regarding these processes at https://www.england.nhs.uk/medical-revalidation/doctors
NHS Pension Scheme
To find out more about the NHS Pension Scheme, visit https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/member-hub. This includes information on how to join, how to opt in or out, getting an estimate of your pension and making changes to your details.
All NHS employees will have the right to take 52 weeks of maternity and / or adoption leave, or up to 52 weeks of shared parental leave (minus any maternity or adoption leave taken).
Full details regarding parental leave can be found at https://www.nhsemployers.org/tchandbook/part-3-terms-and-conditions-of-service/section-15-leave-and-pay-for-new-parents-england-wales-and-scotland
Local Medical Committees
Local Medical Committees (LMCs) are the professional voice of general practice, made up of practising GPs selected by local GPs. LMCs are bodies recognised in statute which are in place to represent the interests of all local GPs and their teams.
The Association of Greater Manchester LMCs has representatives from each individual LMC in Greater Manchester and has come together to be a bigger voice, a stronger influence on the rapidly evolving changes to Primary Care across Greater Manchester. They partner within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). Providing specialist advice and guidance, the Association’s focus is helping practices to secure their future. In today’s challenging health and social care environment, it is a crucial role which the Association of Greater Manchester LMCs undertakes with passion, pride and professionalism.
All LMCs offer support to vulnerable practices and individual GPs who find themselves in difficulty. They offer confidential information and advice, as well as pastoral support. The full list of Greater Manchester LMCs is below:
Association of Greater Manchester LMCs
The White House, Suite 1, 42-44 Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4AP
Tel: 01204 385032
Rochdale and Bury LMC
1st Floor, 76-78 The Rock, Bury BL9 0PB
Tel: 01617 634698
Salford and Trafford LMC
Suite 3, 6th Floor, St James House, Pendleton Way, Salford, M6 5FW
Tel: 0161 212 4120 / 0161 212 4122
Third Floor, Wigan Life Centre, College Avenue, Wigan WN1 1NJ
Tel: 01942 482776
Clinical Commissioning Groups / Local Care Organisations in GM
Please visit the Discover Our Boroughs section.
National Association of Primary Care (NAPC)
The National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) is a membership organisation representing the interests of primary care professionals. Further information can be found at www.napc.co.uk/courses-and-events
Alliance of Primary Care Societies (APCS)
The Alliance of Primary Care Societies (APCS) is a forum for primary care organisations to come together to work with the RCGP a range of primary care topics. Find out more at www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/resources/a-to-zclinical-resources/alliance-of-primary-care-societies
Collaborate is a mutually supportive community of leaders across primary care. Their mission is to ensure no leader in primary care feels alone or isolated. Collaborate is not aligned to any one organisation or profession, but is a dynamic and energised community of individual and emerging leaders with an interest in primary care. They support people who want to make a difference, people who want to take risks, and people who want to be brave, whether they have the word ‘leader’ on their badge or not. Find out more at https://www.nhscollaborate.org
Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons of the UK
British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
British International Doctors’ Association
Tel: 0161 456 7828
British Islamic Medical Association
British Sikh Doctors Organisation
Christian Medical Fellowship
Egyptian Medical Society
GLADD – The association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists
Health Professionals with Hearing Loss
HOPE for disabled doctors
Jewish Medical Association UK
Medical Association of Nigerians across Great Britain
Medical Women’s Federation
Sri Lankan Medical and Dental Association