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 was introduced to the local locum chambers several months ago when I made a career move from partnership. I now combine salaried and locum roles. The chambers provides helpful support, leadership, advice and governance and reduces professional isolation. This combination of support reassures me and helps me provide safe and consistent care to patients within the community . There is a useful, innovative online portal - LocumDeck - which helps me access local work and which has efficient systems for reconciliation of finance including pensions. I would highly recommend joining a locum chambers for any GPs starting out in the locum world ."

Dr Adrian Richardson

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