The Next Level

The New and Improved GP+ Networking is about to Launch!

It brings membership benefits above and beyond the beta version. This will not be the end of the story and I have a clear vision of how to aid productivity amongst the general practice community and serve the needs of those wanting extended roles. In order for this to be achieved and bring widespread benefit I must make GP+ Networking a strong, sustainable community and allow higher level functions.This is why I am moving to an annual subscription model. This will be £50 per annum but will start at a 50% discount (only £2 a month!) to reflect the early stage of community growth.

For those of you who have registered on the beta site we would like to say thank you for your early support and gift you version 2 access for this year.

Benefits of GP+ Networking membership

  1. Save time
    • Navigate systems by forming teams of likeminded doctors and building on their experience
    • Share protocols and documents that have brought quality improvement.
    • Find efficiency savings within your practice
  2. Allow an overview of what is happening in general practice and what is possible.
  3. Achieve a better balance and avoid burnout.
    • Overcome isolation and finding others who are most relevant.
    • Peer support.
    • Coaching from those more experienced in a chosen area of interest.
    • Succession planning. Connect with a network of GP registrars and early career GPs and advertise jobs for free.
  4. ‘Anytime’ communication to improve local GP engagement in local working patterns and projects via group discussion.
  5. Augmentation of established face to face GP education groups.
  6. For those in other speciality training or foundation doctors the ability to browse what a career in GP looks like and allowing discussion with a variety of GPs.
  7. Find inspiration.
  8. Showcase your initiatives through the site.

Additional features appearing in Version 2.

  • A homepage collating all new activity on the site, including uploaded documents and groups chat subjects.
  • Visible chat groups that can be categorised to extended roles.
  • Privacy range for chat groups from open to closed and hidden.
  • Personalisation of relevant content for up to 3 extended roles.
  • Updates and GP+ Networking Media.
  • Documents sharing and categorisation to find the really useful stuff!

GP+ Networking’s greatest asset is its support and membership and with that we can bring real impact to general practice.

Thank you for your ongoing support

Cathryn

Dr Cathryn Dillon
GP Principal and Founder

GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) Intermediate Care

A GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in Intermediate Care Dr Zalan Alam tells GP+ Networking his story.

I was recruited in early 2015 as the GP lead in intermediate care services by the local provider organisation GP Care in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.  My brief was to recruit 2.5 FTE GPs who could work in Intermediate care services looking at a community focus managing medical complexity and multimorbidity.

We manage patients as part of a partnership with the acute trust, the council and third sector. Our teams work to visit patients at home and support independent living and offer them rehabilitation in a local setting.

Our team has done great work in the area, reducing acute admissions and reducing the length of stay in hospital. We perform advance care planning and work on fraility. We have had excellent feedback from GPs and staff because of this MDT approach to care.

It has been a rollercoaster as the lead, but I’ve discovered that managing colleagues can (not surprisingly ) be a lot harder than patients! But it is also rewarding, to see your colleagues take the initiative and set up MDTs, work on advance care planning with patients and pro actively change things for the patients.

The best bit? When you work as part of a integrated team, unsurprisingly again, those barriers we struggle with so much in primary care? They breakdown over a cup of tea.

 

If you want to learn more about how Dr Alam started this service and how it is running today then please contact him via GP+ Networking. Sign in and connect. Perhaps start an intermediate care discussion group.

An Introduction to GP+ Networking- A space for innovation

GP+ Networking stands for a better way of GPs working together and provides a refreshing space for innovation away from the bombardment of emails.

As the membership of GP+ Networking gathers momentum we are continuously developing the site based on the feedback of our early adopters.

The introduction to GP+ Networking video was viewed on Facebook 1300 times in 48hours! Hits to the homepage were over 1000 last month. This is a great encouragement but we know that we have to hit a critical membership mass.

Strong membership will allow the 14955763_1354874164553048_4520353774883868848_n-2project to reach its potential as being the ‘go to site’ for all your professional development needs.

Remember that ‘extended roles’ are clinical and non clinical. A new extended role is ‘quality improvement’. If you haven’t selected it on registration and would like to please edit your profile.

Cathryn has big plans to build further helpful  functionality based on the bedrock of the networking site but first things are first.

The site is currently being used to find people of similar interests, run group chats based on those interests, find events and connect with those also attending.

 

 

Current feedback

“I’m an ST3 in Paeds but considering changing to GP. Thought I’d use your site to give me an idea of the additional roles some GPs take on”

“I was really glad to discover another GP on this site with a special interest in an area of clinical work that has always appealed to me. Finding colleagues that share a similar enthusiasm has given me options to develop my career in that direction.”

“All my relevant documents are sat on my profile”

Early adopters

We have a membership of 130 following our soft launch in August and 1300 likes on Facebook. We want to gather as much feedback as possible from our membership and ensure that Cathryn’s plans are prioritised to the needs of the membership.

Cathryn will be creating a group chat through the site for the most enthusiastic early adopters to shape GP+ Networking.

If you would like to be a part of that group and learn more then please contact her via  her profile ‘connect’ button. 

Register now

PCRS-UK Annual Conference

Embedded in day-to-day clinical practice, this year’s PCRS-UK conference will explore how we respond to an ageing population with long term multi-morbidities at a time of huge changes in the healthcare workforce, budget constraints and new technologies, to support our patients with respiratory conditions optimise their physical, mental and spiritual health.

Start Date: October 14 08:00
End Date: October 15 20:00
Location: The International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4JH

I have a huge passion for a health care system that is “For Humans, By Humans”

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I believe that to optimise our health and wellbeing we need to view healthcare through a broader lense. Having undertaken postgraduate studies in Sports & Exercise Medicine (and attended courses on expedition medicine) I have come to understand that the biomedical model whilst very useful does not address all our health needs in the most efficient or effective way. With this in mind I have developed a model called “The Human Five” (…it’s not revolutionary, and actually pretty simple! – see ‘my files’ for a simple PDF of the concept)…..it aims to be a universal health and wellbeing model, and very versatile – for example a consultation tool, a framework for managing long term health, or a tool to help optimise provider or individual performance, and inter-organisation collaboration. If you have any ideas or thoughts on any of this, or have similar interests, then I would love to hear from you.

I am married and have a young family. I live between Bath, Bristol and Wells. My non-work interests are running, sailing and general adventure/exploring.

1998-2003 Medical School in Leeds

2003-2007 PRHO and the GP VTS years in Yorkshire

2008-2009 GP in Yorkshire. Also post grad studies in Teaching and Organisational Behaviour and Managing Change.

2009-present GP partner in Wells Health Centre, Somerset

2010-2015 Post grad studies in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Bath Uni

Campbell Murdoch

Tony Feltbower- how he avoided burnout

I believe that there are three ways to avoid burnout and continue to enjoy working as a General Practitioner: do something in addition to GP, always have something to work towards, and remind yourself that money isn’t everything.

I have set myself challenges to work towards roughly every five years.

 

My timetable:

  • 1982
    Started in practice as a GP partner, 7 sessions/week, 1:2 Friday afternoons/Saturday mornings. Reorganised the practice over the next few years to sort, tag and summarise notes.
  • 1983
    Appointed as postgraduate tutor in Coventry. This enabled me to become a co-opted member of the local medical committee. This provided an entry into the world of medico-politics. Most people might find it boring and something to avoid. However, I think that it is much better to be within a system, understanding how it works and how it can be made to work best for you and your patients, rather than just letting everything happen around you without having any control yourself.
  • 1983-1996
    Various clinical assistantships for 3-13 years in A/E, Rheumatology and Gynaecology
  • 1988
    “Doctor’s friend,” which entailed assisting colleagues with complaints and then for the Medical Defence Union
  • 1989-1992
    3-year Distance Learning Course in Occupational Medicine leading to the AFOM and providing Occupational Medical services to many local companies until my retirement in 2015
  • 1991
    Became a GP trainer
  • 1992-1995
    LMC Chair
  • 1994
    GP Expert Witness providing independent GP opinions on the standard of care of GPs when being sued by patients.
  • 1995
    In the days of Fundholding, trained in Vasectomies to provide a service to local GPs cheaper than hospital tariff.
  • 2003
    Cardiff University Expert Witness certificate
  • 2003
    Coventry Professional Executive Committee
  • 2007
    Clinical Lead on CCG
  • 2010
    GP Appraiser

Money

Some things, such as committee work, pay little or nothing but are important and help me to understand our work. Other medical work, such as expert witness reports, not only pays well but is very interesting and informative at the same time, helping to keep me safe from complaints!

And where does the time come from? Good time management, especially trying to do only those jobs that a GP can do, and delegating as much as possible to others. Do not aim to do more than seven sessions a week as a GP; use the other two (not three, as I believe that everyone should have at least the equivalent of one afternoon off a week to help maintain sanity and avoid burnout) in a different way, whether for no money or lots of money. And finally, keep your desk clear. So that I can start afresh on Monday mornings, I endeavour never to leave work on a Friday until all paperwork is completed, yet still get to the pub for 6 30.

Tony Feltbower
www.DrFeltbower.com


Further information

Society of Occupational Medicine www.som.org.uk
Bond Solon Expert Witness Training www.bondsolon.com
Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health www.fsrh.org
Association of Surgeons in Primary Care www.aspc-uk.net

Primary Care Societies

We are pleased to announce that both the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care (ASPC) and the Primary Care Society of Gastroenterology (PCSG) have both provided support for GP+ Networking so that we can work collaboratively,  bringing groups of GPs with specialist interest together.  Both societies provide excellent educational resources that will be published via the events section of GP+ Networking. We hope to work with other primary care societies in a similar way to strengthen the specialist work being done in primary care.

 

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A portfolio career in general practice and medical education

Jillwilson Following my GP training in Cornwall where I saw the best in ‘frontier medicine’ I moved to London and became a partner for a few years until the lure of the West Country drew me home to Somerset and the bosom of my family.

I have been in the same practice now for 24 years and have been senior partner there for the last 3.

During that time I have been able to pursue many interests in medical education – teaching medical students, becoming an appraiser and trainer, and for the last 7 years a programme director for the GP specialist training scheme as well as a keen member of the Tutor group for the GP school so am involved in training the next generation of educationalists. I even managed to squeeze in a masters in medical education.

Together with my husband I have also raised three amazing children and a few families of springer spaniels, burmese cats and shetland sheep.

For me this sums up the beauty of a career in general practice – I have been able to live where I wanted, work as I chose and follow up interests as and when they arose.

As a partner I have always been involved with direction-setting in my practice and had an equal voice with the full-timers.

As a GP educator I have been invited to sit at many tables – at the School of Primary Care, at the RCGP at Faculty and National level, at LMC and CCG meetings and most recently to give evidence at the Select Committee for Health in Parliament.

It is reassuring how open people are to the views of jobbing GPs like me, and how rewarding it has been to successfully juggle all my chosen roles over the years. I believe general practice is the best way to achieve the ideal work – life balance and am happy to support others to find the right balance for them.

Jill Wilson

New GP Network on the cusp of launch

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It has been 18 months since I first had the idea for a GP network linking those with special interests and extended roles. GP+ Networking is finally about to launch in beta form and I feel this cartoon summarises my journey beautifully. It is far from over but reminds me that what I am experiencing is normal for innovation and not a reason to stop moving forward. Now with the help of my supporters we can ensure GP+ Networking reaches its full potential for the General Practice community. We are currently working with potential sponsors. For further information contact us via www.medicalnetworking.co.uk

Balancing Home Life and Extended Roles with a GP Career

Veronica Wilkie GP+ NetworkingI have been a GP for 25 years and still regard my clinical job (two and a half days a week) as core to who I am and it supports and informs my role as Professor of Primary Care at the University of Worcester.

Like many GPs I have had a number of roles in a number of organisations, rather than following a straightforward GP educator or Academic GP career. If I was to look back at the last 25 years there are a few key events that have coloured my career.

The first, becoming a GP tutor when I had been in practice for 5 years. This catapulted me into the word of education and started a networking habit I have never been able to lose. Although a rookie and relatively young, the West Midlands Tutor group were phenomenally welcoming and supportive. I read, and read and observed and went to every training session or educational conference I could.

The next was an opportunity to do a Masters Degree in Evidence Based Practice at Oxford University. My time out was covered by the Prolonged Study Leave Scheme (Oh so needed now), which enabled the practice to employ a locum for the 3 weeks of teaching a year for 3 years at Oxford. I paid for my tuition fees myself and learnt more than just the curriculum meeting with clinicians form all over the world. I continue to have a great network of EBM teachers and still run courses and conferences to this day. The academic rigour of writing essays “critically” has helped my future research and business case development for projects in the NHS, DoH and university since
I moved from the Deanery (which then used to be the regional centre for all doctor training) to a University in 2007. WE were in a small unit which worked at a national and international level. I was able to learn from a great mentor, and continued to network to develop academic skills

Through all of this I have looked at my home and work balance. I’m married to another GP and reduced my hours in the practice so that I could always attend school events, and managed always to work opposite my husband (although in another practice) so that one of us was always home by 6, and there for swimming lessons, changes in my non practice roles were decided as a family team. I used to never work when the children were small until they were in bed. I value all my non medical friends as much as the medics and have tried to have a charity input (now a governor of a hospice, but I have been a nursery trustee, and member of various parent committees at the boys school)

I have been lucky with the practice. We have an agreement that all full time or nearly full time partners can do one session out of the practice – even if its a lost leader, and can take a second one out at replacement cost. We are now a happy and settled partnership of 7, who have now grown to more than cover the cost of our salaried and PA team as we have got more senior over the years, and our outward facing culture I think makes us more resilient

I am now where I couldn’t have predicted a few years ago, I enjoy all aspects of my working week, and am enjoying another “start up” in another University.

So:

  • Surround yourselves with enthusiasts
  • Don’t look always at the money, paying for your own education or starting work in a role that pays less than a locum will bring dividends in the medium and long term
  • Home time is for families, try and separate work and home
  • Whatever role you have enjoy it

Veronica Wilkie
Professor of Primary Care
The University Of Worcester
Partner The Corbett Medical Practice
Academic Lead HEWM Urgent care GP project