We’ve absolutely no idea what the stats are on this, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that a significant number of GPs working Out of Hours are Freelance GPs. Exactly how many isn’t the issue (but it would help to know), it’s the quality of care they’re able to provide within the context of the support thay’re able to receive to practice as GPs in as risk-free way as possible.
To help us understand more about this, the NASGP has set up a working group of 3 Out of Hours Freelance GPs to construct a ‘core competencies’ document to first deconstruct, then define, the skills required to work as an OOH GP. On the basis of this we then hope to be able to look at any necesssary training and development needs for OOH GPs.
And we’d love your help! We’re looking for any OOH GPs to help us with this so if you’re interested then please leave your comments on this Blog, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you.