Sessional GPs need to adapt

18th November 2014 by NASGP

GPC sessional GPs subcommittee chair Vicky Weeks

The BMA have announced today that locum and salaried GPs need to respond and adapt to, and be given the opportunity to engage with, the changing landscape within general practice. This new landscape – the formation of federations, networks of GPs, and GP-led, multi-specialty community care – is “changing the way general practice [is] organised.”

The BMA’s sessional GP conference took place in London last Friday, and you can see all the talks with corresponding presentations online.

Sessional GPs: to the patient, we’re all GPs

Practical steps on quite how us sessional GPs are going to engage, respond and adapt to this was not so clear, but being active with your local LMC, your CCG (should you have one) and of course your local sessional GP group or chambers were all mentioned.

Hinting at barriers to engagement, GPC chairman Chaand Nagpaul spoke of the need for a meritocracy and ‘fairness of opportunity’, and spoke of how ‘cosy clubs of doctors’ in CCGs and GP networks are excluding a healthy skill mix. “Sessional GPs: to the patient, we’re all GPs” he said.

"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

Dr Adrian Richardson

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