This month marks 2 years since I decided to take a vision of a more productive and connected primary care and set up GP+ Networking. At first it focused on improving the journey of establishing an extended role like my own in general practice and has since grown to highlight what can be achieved if we work better together, across primary care but also with secondary care.
I have had successive knock backs with funding but never have I been told my vision was a anything other than the way things need to be. That has kept my focus.
- We should understand our workforce so that we can unleash skill within it
- We should provide care closer to home
- We should share ideas and work at scale
- We should build on experience and encourage innovation
- We should have better peer support
- We should listen when so many new GP’s want an extended role
- Extended roles attracts new GPs
I have also achieved more than I realise within that short time and I am grateful to all the followers that have supported those achievements.
We have created platform that
- allows doctors to find others with the same interests and backgrounds and connect with them
- form group chats based on shared interest
- share protocols and documentation
- has boosted the image of general practice to medical students
- demonstrated the possibilities within a career in general practice and provided insipration
- allowed specialist trainees to explore general practice as a career option and talk directly to GPs.
GP+ Networking has launched in beta form and myself and the team have learnt so much. We have lots of improvements and developments ready to put into action. This particularly surrounds quality improvement, working at scale, sharing practical assistance and accreditation. I am working closely with central organisations to achieve these more ambition goals.
GP+ Networking is more than a network; more than mentoring or coaching and more than an ideas hub. It is a grassroots movement steered by its expanding membership, who understand the difficulty general practice faces but want to celebrate and demonstrate its strength and adaptability to modern healthcare delivery.
Help us grow. Share the word. Register and enjoy showcasing your career through your profile. There are no rose tinted glasses intended here but through peer support there is resilience. Warn others of the pitfalls you have faced and learn from others. Share the vision with you colleagues and help shape the future of GP+ Networking by feeding back your experience of the site and help pilot new features.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Dr Cathryn Dillon
Founder of GP+ Networking and GP Principal Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre, Somerset