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.

"I started my career as a locum last year a week after CCT. I strongly agree with the doctors who praise the NASGP team. If there is no NASGP, there would be no GP locum called Dr Darshanie Seneviratne.

The team is absolutely amazing especially Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Ali Lewis and Jacqui Gumbrell – all providing unbelievable support to us. I've never seen such urgent assistance from any other team at any point in my career. For example when one of my invoices was delayed by a month and a half, Ali was incredibly supportive. It is a very good strength for us as we have support with any issues. I would like to stay with this amazing team forever. God bless them!"

Dr Darshanie Seneviratne, Essex

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