Skills and training for locum GPs

19th March 2010 by NASGP

Skills and training for locum GPs

We’re very pleased to announce the publication of our ‘core competencies’ document Locum GPs – the skills we need and how to achieve them.

Do GP locums need special training and skills?

Yes, without a doubt, although it hasn’t yet been incorporated into the GP training curriculum. Training GPs to work as locums is very often overlooked, yet most newly qualified GPs spend a significant time working as GP locums.

In this paper, written with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), we take a look at GP consultation skills, see how these skills may be used differently when locuming, and examine how we can then help GPs to learn those skills.

GP Locums: The skills we need, and how to achieve them

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"Going from being a trainee to being a GP can be a really difficult transition. Taking on the administration associated with things like locum work can make that even more difficult.

Ali from LocumDeck showed me how to use their tool to simplify and automate the invoicing and locum form process to save me time and energy. With the free one-year membership for new GPs this was a real no-brainer that meant I could spend more time on the things that really matter, and less time filling in paperwork.

I can't thank Ali enough for her help and the time she has saved me."

Dr Jeeves Wijesuriya, London

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