Life after VTS: my journey to life as a GP locum

31st December 2019 by Dr Tina Sumner

Life after VTS: my journey to life as a GP locum

Like many highly skilled professions, a career in general practice can be a journey with obstacles to overcome, barriers to navigate and choices to make. NASGP member Tina Sumner describes how she came to be working as a GP locum and how NASGP has helped her in that journey.

Like most GPs, I entered medical school ‘wanting to help people’. I was the first of our family to go to university, so there was no-one in the background advising me on what to really expect throughout training and whilst a fledgling in hospital. I entered general practice after my junior house officer jobs, as I loved every department I had encountered, but wanted continuity, and something of everything. I have never regretted my decision.

As my GP VTS training entered its final months, and with my first baby on the way, I was asked to join the partnership of the course organiser. The surgery was close to my home, in a practice with 2 excellent doctors, so I jumped at the chance and became a partner at the stroke of midnight as we entered a new millennium in January 2000.

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"I started using LocumDeck as one of our locums used it. It was easy to see her availability and when bookings are made I get confirmation of the booking and can view them on the calendar too. When invoices are sent, I can see it on the site, and digitally sign the pension form (this is one of the best bits!). It would be good if all locums used it, as then it would be so much easier for me to track my bookings and check their availability without emailing or texting them, waiting for a reply and then emailing back to confirm. It’s a great place for their documents to sit also. I can access it from home or my mobile which is useful as when I am not in surgery is when I usually need a locum!"

Debbie, Practice Manager in St Ives

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