About: Sara Chambers
Sara was a salaried GP for 4 years, and has worked as a locum GP since 2001 in over sixty different GP practices. As well as NASGP's appraisal and revalidation lead, and mother to twins, she is also the brains behind NASGP's Practeus platform.Sara's an avid reader, especially fiction, history and trains (yes, trains); loves walking, pilates and beans on toast with cheese.
Recent Posts by Sara Chambers
Following on from her previous article Dis-continuity; putting care into context, Dr Sara Chambers explores the idea that sometimes continuity of care is deployed to paper over the cracks where 'continuity of management' and 'information' is lacking or even absent, and why the locum's perspective needs to be part of a future solution. None of…Read more
Much is made of continuity of care, but little time is spent examining its weaknesses and exploring the alternatives. In the first of a two-part series, Dr Sara Chambers helps put continuity into context. I was recently asked a question by an eminent GP and academic researcher: “How often does a “fresh pair of eyes”…Read more
So here’s the dilemma: you understand the ethos behind LocumDeck’s Instant Book, you get how it helps you work on your own terms. You’ve enjoyed spending a happy half hour setting up your dream sessions in your chosen practices and specifying your own rates (I won’t do visits in practice A because I spend more…Read more
ARCHIVE | Since this article was published on 24 January 2018, the situation regarding the legitimacy and application of annualisation has moved on. Taking a one day break from the 2015 scheme automatically triggers annualisation BMA withdraws its guidance on annualising of 2015 pension scheme contributions, 23 February 2018 Brief respite for GPs struggling to…Read more
There is a scientific discipline called human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) which recognises the absolute certainty that human beings will make mistakes, and so seeks to design working systems and environments that work around our human nature to reduce the risk of error as far as possible. Many safety-critical industries like aviation have wholeheartedly adopted…Read more
So much of what we do can count towards our GP NHS appraisal, but how do we capture it all? This is a particular problem area for GP locums.
The RCGP has responded to feedback from its latest revalidation survey by clarifying and simplifying its appraisal and revalidation guidance (updated 2018). Dr Sara Chambers, NASGP's appraisal and revalidation lead, highlights the main changes in the new RCGP appraisal guidance. The six areas of supporting evidence are largely unchanged, but there have been some important…Read more
2016 has been an uncomfortable year in many ways, the final flourish being the prospect of a Trump presidency. It can leave one feeling swept along by events larger than oneself. So how wonderful to learn of a ‘bright spot’ - something to inspire to rather than detract: a study suggesting that being a scout…Read more
Two years after the formal introduction of NHS revalidation, NASGP appraisal and revalidation lead and locum GP Sara Chambers recounts her experience of appraisal, and how this has fed into the development of NASGP's AppraisalAid. Over one fifth of licensed doctors will now have been revalidated, and on the surface all seems to be running…Read more
There are many reasons why doctors working as locums may be more at risk of receiving a complaint. Sara Chambers, NASGP’s appraisal and revalidation lead, and Charlotte Hudson, writer at MPS, provide tips on protecting yourself from complaints and the current complaints process. The key to most complaints is how they are handled early on…Read more
Continuity of care, defined by care given continuously by one doctor, is one of the most frequently talked about modalities of care provided by GPs; it’s the one we collectively feel that’s under threat, the one we’re trying to defend, and the one the government has picked up on to protect and promote. It enables…Read more