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.

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