Tax FAQs for salaried GPs and GP locums

Let’s have a look at a selection of questions we’ve been asked in the last few weeks: Can you send me proof of earnings for my mortgage? Simple question, not necessarily a simple answer! If we have prepared your tax return for at least the last three years, we can produce a copy of the…
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Meet the locum GP specialist

For years, we've been calling for recognition that locuming involves performing in a specialised environment requiring at least a mention in formal GP training. We brought that together in a one-day GP locum masterclass with the BMJ in October 2015. Ask any locum GP who’s worked in a few different surgeries over a period of…
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e-Learning | COPD diagnosis and management

This is an updated guideline from NICE on the diagnosis and management of COPD, published in Dec 18. It's a pretty mammoth guideline, first written in 2004. There is a useful flow chart on management. One for the wall... There is a separate guideline on antibiotic prescribing in COPD, which I have done another post…
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Podcast | June 2019 ‘The Sessional GP’ magazine

NASGP chairman Richard Fieldhouse reviews the latest edition of The Sessional GP magazine. In our 107th edition, Louise has not one but two COPD-related e-learning articles; Judith has been washing her hands, Liz has been answering your tax questions, Rachel has some advice about medical hierarchy, and Kate has been making stress her friend, all…
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Burnout and how 
to avoid it

Burnout among GPs can be an occupational hazard and is believed to be increasingly common. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, discusses burnout and the steps that sessional GPs can take to avoid it. Case scenario Dr A is a locum GP undertaking 5-6 sessions per week in different practices. She has chosen…
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e-Learning | Management of Polycythaemia Vera

This is an updated guideline on the diagnosis and management of polycythaemia vera (PV) from the British Society for Haematology. It was published in Nov 18. PV is the same as polycythaemia rubra vera and PCV. Much of this is beyond what we need, but it outlines how we should be approaching a patient with…
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Staying safe: easy steps to avert a personal crisis

Many of us will have experienced a time of emotional crisis. It could follow a break-up of a relationship, a bereavement, a traumatic event, financial worries or an adjustment to a big change. We might feel inadequate, a failure, ashamed, angry, agitated, shocked or numb. These feelings may resolve with time, but they might instead…
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Mortgage tips for 
GP locums

Despite the weirdness that is Brexit, the traditional increase in the number of new mortgage applications in springtime continues. There are plenty of decent rates out there, particularly fixed rates. But what if you are a locum? It may be great to have the flexibility and autonomy of working patterns, but if it stops you…
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