Peninsular Medical Chambers in Cornwall

15th April 2016 by NASGP

Peninsular Medical Chambers in Cornwall

Kernow Health Community Interest Company, owned by local GP partners, has secured funding from NHSE for an IT-based system to help practices efficiently book locum GPs as part of a ‘virtual practice’, or ‘chambers’, called Peninsular Medical Chambers.

To date, other locum chambers around the UK have been set up and run by locum GPs, and this marks a departure from this traditional model by being overseen by local GP partners.

Peninsular Medical Chambers

Project leader Dr Alex Burns said there were “always workforce pressures in the health service” but he hoped the project, which will be piloted in the next few weeks, would make the “best use” of the doctors Cornwall already has. “We’re starting the ‘beta’ phase in May and will be fully up and running by August, and any GP who’s keen can join.” Dr Burns stressed that there’s been “really good political buy-in” from local practices.

"LocumDeck does everything you want it to do in an instant. I absolutely love the facility for receiving locums' invoices and the facility for signing pension forms electronically. They are then instantly sent with an audit trail. It is fabulous! You are notified the moment a GP locum adds availability, which is just fantastic. I have no hesitation in recommending LocumDeck – it has already eased my workload."

Sue, practice manager, Portsmouth

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