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Performers list FAQs
After nine painful weeks of going through the process of joining the Performer's list, NASGP member Mark de Kretser gives a helpful rundown of how to get through the application process. Mark provides some hints and tips, many of which we hope will avoid you having to discover the same many weeks into your application.
As a GP working, or planning to work, in the UK, you need to go through a three-stage process.
Step 1 - join the GMC's GP register
- If you are applying to work as a GP (general practitioner or family physician) in the UK, as well as being licensed by the GMC, you'll also need to be on the GMC's GP Register.
- About the GMC GP register
Step 2 - join one of the four UK Performers Lists
- If you you're not already working, state your “intent to work” on your performers list application, outlining roughly how many sessions a week you plan to work from a particular date.
Step 3 - join the NHS appraisal process
- Your Area Team will assign you to a 'designated body', who'll oversee your appraisal and subsequent revalidation.
It's now a requirement of the Care Quality Commission CQC that every member of staff working in a GP practice has an up-to-date Hepatitis B status. The MPS have prepared a summary of why this is needed, as part of the CQC's Cleanliness and infection control (Outcome 8, Regulation 12) "People are cared for in a clean environment, and are protected from acquiring infections".
If you're a chambers locum or are employed as an agency locum, they'll no doubt otherwise notify every practice on your behalf. Otherwise it's a sign of a well organised locum to provide this in advance of working.
If you're employed by a practice as a salaried GP, you'll be entitled to free immunisation status checks and boosters if they're a good employer. As a locum, unless you can persuade a friendly practice, you'll have to arrange this yourself with your own GP as a private service.
Added to this, the Green Book states:
Healthcare workers in the UK and overseas (including students and trainees): all healthcare workers who may have direct contact with patients’ blood, blood-stained body fluids or tissues, require vaccination. This includes any staff who are at risk of injury from blood contaminated sharp instruments, or of being deliberately injured or bitten by patients.
As a GP, if you're exposed to continuing risk of infection, you should have a single booster dose of vaccine, once only, around five years after primary immunisation. Measurement of anti-HBs levels is not required either before or after this dose.
The Disclosure and Barring Service DBS check (used to be known as the Criminal Records Bureau CRB check) needs to be performed only once in order to appear on the National Performers list. Once on the Performers List, there is no requirement to have further DBS checks for the Performer's List as this is part of Performers List monitoring. The purpose of the national list in England is to allow GPs to move to different parts of England without having to apply to a local performers list.
DBS in England
- NHS SBS Greenwich
6 Mitre Passage
- Tel: 0208 5363000
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- DBS checks for other UK countries are usually done as part of the performers list application.
If you work for locum agencies, not only will they each need a DBS check, but they may also have their own internal reasons to insist on one as often as they like. In which case, you may like to use the annual DBS update service for £13 per annum (which must be applied for within 19 days of receipt of your certificate being issued).
Further information on DBS checks, which reinforce the above, is available from the Care Quality Comission CQC.