Future of general practice has invisible upsides for GP locums, NASGP chair promises

21st September 2020 by NASGP

Future of general practice has invisible upsides for GP locums, NASGP chair promises

Dr Richard Fieldhouse discussed the future of general practice in 2020 and 2021 in an RCGP talk on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Wellbeing, working patterns and career priorities were all top of the agenda, with Richard explaining how Locum Chambers and Balint groups support GPs’ wellbeing at work. 

Richard also explained how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted GP locum work, challenges UK locums have faced, and the invisible upsides to the situation that NASGP members have shared with him since March. 

“We’ve all had to absolutely hit the ground running with IT, with some amazing successes,” he said.

“I’m particularly concerned about risk management, and if we’re going to see a big rise in complaints as the dust settles and we go into next spring/summer. Telemedicine … has been a brilliant solution in many ways but it could have also created some problems too.”

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"I rely on the NASGP for advice and support. I use LocumDeck for all my locum admin -my profile, certificates, Ts and Cs, practice contacts, booking and invoicing sessions, pension A and B forms, recording mileage and other expenses and monthly earnings.

Having been a locum in the past without LocumDeck, I realise how much easier LocumDeck makes my life, especially as I don't enjoy admin. It automates much of the admin for me. I can see at a glance how many bookings I have and where the gaps are. I have some practices who instant book me - booking directly into free sessions I have added. I have income/expenditure spreadsheets to share with my accountant.

I would highly recommend it to others."

Dr Susannah Denny

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