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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.

Almost 100 GP practices closed in 2019, data shows Almost 100 GP practices closed in 2019, data shows

Unplanned closures can cause the local provision of healthcare to implode, Dr Richard Fieldhouse warned.

GP locums report challenges accessing flu vaccinations GP locums report challenges accessing flu vaccinations

GP locums are eligible for free flu vaccinations at GP practices according to the new DES, but some have struggled to find clinics and book in for them.

NASGP backs doctors’ warning over ‘non-Covid harms’ NASGP backs doctors’ warning over ‘non-Covid harms’

Dr Richard Fieldhouse, NASGP chair, has co-signed a letter from NHS doctors about the risk from a potential second lockdown this winter. 

CCAS cuts nurses off after audit finds safety problems CCAS cuts nurses off after audit finds safety problems

The NHS 111 service has permanently stopped nurses and other clinicians handling calls after an audit of recorded calls.

GP locums ‘sucked up’ by private health amidst CCAS problems, session cancellations GP locums ‘sucked up’ by private health amidst CCAS problems, session cancellations

NASGP chair Dr Richard Fieldhouse told GPonline that private firms had had better access to GP locums during the pandemic after many locums had sessions cancelled at short notice.

First wave flu clinics cancelled as vaccine supply runs short  First wave flu clinics cancelled as vaccine supply runs short 

Practices have already been forced to cancel flu clinics for at-risk under-65s after supply of the vaccine ran short in September.

LocumDeck bookings up 40% in September, month on month LocumDeck bookings up 40% in September, month on month

GP locum sessions have gone up 40% between August and September in the NASGP’s LocumDeck booking system. 

GP practices can order PPE from the Government, DH claims GP practices can order PPE from the Government, DH claims

The NASGP recommends that all GP locums include in their terms a specific requirement to receive PPE from the practice they work in. GP locums should not be asked to source or supply their own PPE

Demand for appointments surges as practice managers plan winter locum cover Demand for appointments surges as practice managers plan winter locum cover

At the end of August 3.9 million appointments were recorded for England in one week. In the first week of September this leapt to 5.2 million.

One in four GP locums miss out on death-in-service, new NASGP survey finds One in four GP locums miss out on death-in-service, new NASGP survey finds

Of 158 responses, 25.3% said they couldn’t access death-in-service.

GP locums must not be locked out again in a second lockdown, NASGP warns GP locums must not be locked out again in a second lockdown, NASGP warns

Dr Richard Fieldhouse said: “I sincerely hope that those involved in implementing the first lockdown have learnt lessons in time for this second one."

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

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

Free membership for newly-qualified GPs in new RCGP-NASGP partnership Free membership for newly-qualified GPs in new RCGP-NASGP partnership

RCGP members within their first year post-qualification now get Membership Plus for free, and all RCGP members get a 50% discount on Membership Plus

NASGP members expose CCAS pay problems NASGP members expose CCAS pay problems

GP locums from NASGP’s CCAS support group talked to Pulse to expose problems with the service

GP appraisals restart next month, RCGP warns GP appraisals restart next month, RCGP warns

We know you’ve missed them, but don’t worry! Appraisals are back next month

GP locums eligible for free seasonal flu jab from their own GP this year GP locums eligible for free seasonal flu jab from their own GP this year

GP locums are eligible for free flu jabs at GP practices according to the new DES in 2020.