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Practices can use £150m ‘second wave’ fund to hire GP locums, BMA confirms Practices can use £150m ‘second wave’ fund to hire GP locums, BMA confirms

The BMA’s new statement gives practices the support they need to make their own decisions about how to get through the second wave. 

Replace CCGs with integrated care systems by April 2022, NHS England proposes Replace CCGs with integrated care systems by April 2022, NHS England proposes

NHS England wants all CCGs to merge across their integrated care system (ICS) boundaries by April 2022.

LocumDeck adds off-locum work functionality for fees, non-clinical work and OOH LocumDeck adds off-locum work functionality for fees, non-clinical work and OOH

GPs can now add off-locum work to LocumDeck following an update.

GP locums lead the charge at 2020’s annual conference of local medical committees GP locums lead the charge at 2020’s annual conference of local medical committees

GP locums are calling for safe working conditions, better training, and a seat at the table in primary care’s recovery from the pandemic at this year’s conference. 

NASGP welcomes news of visa extension for GPs and other NHS staff NASGP welcomes news of visa extension for GPs and other NHS staff

The NASGP welcomes the news that NHS doctors will be given extensions in order to continue their invaluable and supportive work in the UK. 

Covid-19 vaccination campaign to be led by health boards and trusts in Wales Covid-19 vaccination campaign to be led by health boards and trusts in Wales

GPs working on the Covid-19 vaccination campaign will work for health boards and trusts.

GP trainee numbers for 2021 beat NHS England’s targets again GP trainee numbers for 2021 beat NHS England’s targets again

NASGP chair Dr Richard Fieldhouse writes: 'It’s always heartening to see a growth in the number of doctors wishing to enter the profession.'

NHS England announces more than 40 local ‘long Covid’ clinics will open in weeks NHS England announces more than 40 local ‘long Covid’ clinics will open in weeks

More than 40 clinics will open within weeks, NHSE claims.

NASGP joins CQC steering group NASGP joins CQC steering group

NHS England has previously highlighted the NASGP’s Spip resource and Appraisal Aid as resources that improve coordination between practices and the GP locums they employ.

New £150m ‘second wave’ fund attempts to lock GP locums out New £150m ‘second wave’ fund attempts to lock GP locums out

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, writes: "The problem that general practice is facing is that we need to urgently find and mobilise thousands of new GPs to support practices."

Salaried stress ‘churns’ GP locums back to portfolio careers, NASGP finds Salaried stress ‘churns’ GP locums back to portfolio careers, NASGP finds

GP locums’ swing towards salaried roles has already headed back in the original direction, the NASGP warns colleagues.

GP partners now make up just over half of total number of UK GPs GP partners now make up just over half of total number of UK GPs

The workforce also rose in size by 1% in the three months to September – a trend likely to be driven by the rise in the number of salaried GPs. 

GP locum bookings double on LocumDeck, year on year GP locum bookings double on LocumDeck, year on year

Bookings are up again month-on-month and year on year on NASGP’s locum booking system. 

Nearly three quarters of GPs need funding for cover as morale slides, BMA finds Nearly three quarters of GPs need funding for cover as morale slides, BMA finds

Dr Fieldhouse, chair of NASGP, said: "This is a very timely survey from the BMA and should be applauded for revealing – while there is still time to do something about it – a system under severe strain."

GP locums need a place on integrated care boards too, NASGP argues GP locums need a place on integrated care boards too, NASGP argues

We have experience across dozens of practices and systems, creating unique skills and insights to local services, Dr Fieldhouse writes.

CCAS ‘300 GPs short’, ‘restarting recruitment’ CCAS ‘300 GPs short’, ‘restarting recruitment’

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, says: “Now that the second wave of Covid is well on its way, CCAS must change to either a proper employment contract with equitable pay, or allow GPs to be engaged by the service on the locums’ usual self-employed contractual basis.” 

NASGP adds new dates to GP locum webinar series NASGP adds new dates to GP locum webinar series

The NASGP has added new events for GP locums looking to join or start new NASGP Locum Chambers this winter. 

Contract notice for online NHS GP consultations due out in November, leaders warn Contract notice for online NHS GP consultations due out in November, leaders warn

A contract notice is due out in November to attract tenders for a software supplier, GP leaders have warned TechMonitor.

Put GPs in charge of NHS Track and Trace, MP demands Put GPs in charge of NHS Track and Trace, MP demands

Dr Richard Fieldhouse said: “Statements like these seem to be more about rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic."

Capita under fire over NHS Pensions problems Capita under fire over NHS Pensions problems

Doctors are up in arms over pension and primary care support shortcomings, the Financial Times’s FT Adviser reports.

New contract checklist helps GP locums assess terms on salaried roles New contract checklist helps GP locums assess terms on salaried roles

A ‘practice CV’ template provides GP locums with a checklist of questions to ask before signing a contract.

Health minister says GPs can ‘recommence’ face-to-face in service gaffe Health minister says GPs can ‘recommence’ face-to-face in service gaffe

A new comment by health minister Jo Churchill shows ‘a complete disconnect’ and a ‘lack of understanding of what actually goes on in primary care’, GPs told Pulse.

Doctors and nurses need ‘psychological PPE’, says Prof Clare Gerada Doctors and nurses need ‘psychological PPE’, says Prof Clare Gerada

NASGP fully supports Dame Prof Gerada’s calls for better support at work, and confidential services for clinicians to prevent mental ill health. 

NASGP launches new free online chamber events series NASGP launches new free online chamber events series

Webinars for GP locums across the UK have helped them find out more about the NASGP Locum Chambers model.