GP training and vocational training (VTS)

A growing resource on GP training. We’ve produced this resource for GP course organisers, GP trainers and GP tutors to help explore and raise issues around the preparedness of GPs-in-training for working as licensed, unsupervised general practitioners once qualified.

Videos, talks, workshops and seminars

Our growing bank of resources on GP training – get in touch if you’d like us to provide a live Q&A, either via video link or in person (after you-know-what…).

Videos are easy to schedule and distribute, but they lack the engagement of a live presence. Get in touch if you’d like to book a webinar or talk with the NASGP, or one of our partners Legal & Medical, Medical Protection or Honey Barrett.

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NASGP's five content domains

We cover five main areas of content for GP locums in any stage of their career, whether newly qualified or nearer to retirement. All aimed and ensuring our NHS GP locum workforce can support practices wherever and whenever possible.

This piece of content doesn’t actually lend itself too well to a webinar format, but it does make for essential reading!

So we’ve made that simple and easy for ST£s – simply download our handbook where this is all explained in full.

The NASGP locum handbook

‘We’re paratroopers, we’re supposed to be surrounded’

A brief run-through on GP training by NASGP chairman Dr Richard Fieldhouse, a GP locum for 25 years who’s worked in around 100 different practices.

This 45-minute talk is about preparing your mindset as a GP locum, covering the importance of our unique role as fully qualified GPs with a licence to practice unsupervised in multiple and varying practices. It covers locuming as a career choice; the importance of giving support to practices where they need it, and also about how working as part of a team can help you thrive as a GP.

The second part of the talk looks at the importance of continuity of care in the context of other aspects of care, and where the locum’s role lies in all of this. This is all followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

NASGP chairman Dr Richard Fieldhouse deconstructs all the elements that go into a 10-minute consultation with a locum, and how each element can have a significant impact on patient care.

Beginning with how to mentally prepare oneself before even taking a booking, from how to prepare prior to going to the practice, what to do once there, then what to do before, during and after seeing one patient, all the way up to arriving back home.

[Video coming soon – in production]

Finishing or finished GP training? Find out how to team up with other locum GPs in your area and organise yourself into a ‘virtual practice’ post-VTS.

GP locums and cognitive bias, heuristics and errors

A set of three articles and a video exploring cognitive errors and biases, how we approach mistakes and often fail to learn from them.

In this video, we pull together lessons from Black Box Thinking and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow and show how exposed a locum can be errors and mistakes during a single morning surgery.

Webinar or talk with our partners Medical Protection on the top ten risk areas for GP locums, and what you can do to manage this risk.

Webinar or talk with our partners Legal & Medical on any financial topic.

Example of one-hour webinar or talk

  • NHS pensions – is it still good value and how contributions are worked out when you are a locum, salaried GP and partner.
  • What you actually get for your pension contributions.
  • Why income protection is so vital as a locum especially, and how Critical Illness and life cover works alongside.
  • Pitfalls of death in service as a locum.
  • Investments (LISAs, ISAs etc)
  • Mortgages.

1 – The nuts and bolts of working as a GP locum

This piece of content doesn’t actually lend itself too well to a webinar format, but it does make for essential reading!

So we’ve made that simple and easy for ST£s – simply download our handbook where this is all explained in full.

The NASGP locum handbook

2 – The mindset of the GP locum

‘We’re paratroopers, we’re supposed to be surrounded’

A brief run-through on GP training by NASGP chairman Dr Richard Fieldhouse, a GP locum for 25 years who’s worked in around 100 different practices.

This 45-minute talk is about preparing your mindset as a GP locum, covering the importance of our unique role as fully qualified GPs with a licence to practice unsupervised in multiple and varying practices. It covers locuming as a career choice; the importance of giving support to practices where they need it, and also about how working as part of a team can help you thrive as a GP.

The second part of the talk looks at the importance of continuity of care in the context of other aspects of care, and where the locum’s role lies in all of this. This is all followed by 15 minutes of Q&A.

3 – One the job

NASGP chairman Dr Richard Fieldhouse deconstructs all the elements that go into a 10-minute consultation with a locum, and how each element can have a significant impact on patient care.

Beginning with how to mentally prepare oneself before even taking a booking, from how to prepare prior to going to the practice, what to do once there, then what to do before, during and after seeing one patient, all the way up to arriving back home.

[Video coming soon – in production]

4 – Thriving as a locum; the Virtual GP Practice

Finishing or finished GP training? Find out how to team up with other locum GPs in your area and organise yourself into a ‘virtual practice’ post-VTS.

5 – When things go wrong

GP locums and cognitive bias, heuristics and errors

A set of three articles and a video exploring cognitive errors and biases, how we approach mistakes and often fail to learn from them.

In this video, we pull together lessons from Black Box Thinking and Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow and show how exposed a locum can be errors and mistakes during a single morning surgery.

Enforced underperformance, and how to avoid it – with MPS

Webinar or talk with our partners Medical Protection on the top ten risk areas for GP locums, and what you can do to manage this risk.

Financial health workshop - with Legal & Medical

Webinar or talk with our partners Legal & Medical on any financial topic.

Example of one-hour webinar or talk

  • NHS pensions – is it still good value and how contributions are worked out when you are a locum, salaried GP and partner.
  • What you actually get for your pension contributions.
  • Why income protection is so vital as a locum especially, and how Critical Illness and life cover works alongside.
  • Pitfalls of death in service as a locum.
  • Investments (LISAs, ISAs etc)
  • Mortgages.

Free membership

NASGP Membership Plus (usually £24/month) is free (no payment details needed) for

Downloads

A growing resource of useful documents for GPs, trainees, and anyone working in GP training.

Locum GPs: The Skills We Need And How To Achieve Them

The NASGP locum handbook

Partners

We work with some great people.

We have very close working relationships with accountants, financial advisors, MPS Risk Management and RCGP with whom we can help support GPs in training. Please get in touch.

A growing resource on GP training. We’ve produced this resource for GP course organisers, GP trainers and GP tutors to help explore and raise issues around the preparedness of GPs-in-training for working as licensed, unsupervised general practitioners once qualified.