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Setting up your tax and legal status as a new GP locum
NASGP's specialist medical accountant explains how newly-qualified GPs can set up a watertight system for managing their accounts when they undertake GP locum sessions, from managing rates to recording expensesRead more >
Being mindful of medical hierarchy
Medical hierarchy may present a challenge, and at times a possible reluctance, to open discussions about patients. Dr Rachel Birch, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, discusses possible reasons for this and provides helpful strategies to overcome this.Read more >
e-Learning | COPD – antibiotic prescribing in an acute exacerbation
The most interesting bit for me about this new guideline was that only 50% of COPD exacerbations are thought to be caused by bacterial infections. The rest are caused mainly by viral infections or smoking.Read more >
The story of a locum session; missing out on marginal gains
In this final article, we'll run through a hypothetical locum session (but inspired by real events!) and the typical response to errors, finally examining how a more considered, system-based approach based on the learning from psychology and Black Box thinking could promote patient safety, practice efficiency and GP morale and retention.Read more >
e-Learning | Coughs (of the acute kind) and antimicrobial prescribing
This is a new guideline from NICE on when to prescribe antibiotics for coughs. It only covers those with acute coughs and doesn't include COPD patients (they are covered in a separate guideline).Read more >
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?Read more >
Get strong, stay strong
Evidence suggests that there are strong associations in middle and older age between poor balance, poor strength or poor physical function and mortality, and that lower strength in late adolescence and early adulthood link with increased vascular risk in later life.Read more >
Systems to improve continuity of care
Following on from her previous article Dis-continuity; putting care into context, Dr Sara Chambers explores the idea that sometimes continuity of care is deployed to paper over the cracks where 'continuity of management' and 'information' is lacking or even absent, and why the locum's perspective needs to be part of a future solution.Read more >
Locuming; it takes skill, needs training
Over 2,000 doctors will have qualified as GPs in the last 12 months, each having spent in the region of two years working in at least one, possibly several, GP surgeries, but including training on how to be a GP locum?Read more >
Wounded healers; what makes GPs so vulnerable to mental ill-health?
Doctors experience more mental ill-health and addiction than other professional groups, and there are higher rates of suicide in doctors than other professionals, especially in young women, who are two to four times more likely to kill themselves than other women.Read more >
Read GP financial advice on setting up GP locum tax accounts, starting out as a GP locum, how IR35 affects your GP locum, whether to join, stay or leave the NHS Pension Scheme, and what allowable expenses GP locums should record in their annual tax return.