GP+ Networking version 2 coming soon!

 

The next chapter in the story is about to begin! The wheels of change are turning and the benefit that GP+ Networking brings to primary care on several levels is becoming clear.  The growing user base alongside new functionality that provides practical collaboration across primary care means that GP+ Networking can provide real impact and time savings to busy doctors wanting to work better.

The launch of version 2 of the closed access section of GP+ Networking has followed a period of consultation and testing. In addition to version 2 we will be launching a membership for practices that captures quality improvement and protocol sharing for the wider aspects of running a successful practice. This is currently being built but as yet I have not come up with a suitable name! The plan for this is to start in Somerset practices and the be rolled out in the new year.

The new improved GP+ Networking will include the following updates:

  • Homepage to include
    • all group chat, searchable by extended role
    • all new documents, searchable by extended role
    • new users to the site
    • customised area for your area of interest
    • GP+ news and media
  • Improved group chat formation
  • Varied privacy for group chat from open through to invitation and hidden
  • Direct access for partners to populate educational events

An App for improved mobile experience and alerts to new activity will be following version 2 shortly after. The functionality of GP+ Networking really is adapting to what its community demands. Be part of it.

This is a grassroots innovation and it is important that is maintained so all suggestions gratefully received.

GP+ Networking is attracting medical students to become GP’s

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One of the main drivers that led to me setting up GP+ Networking was to demonstrate to colleagues what is possible within primary care. Many medical students make future career choices based on perceptions made within clinical teaching sessions. It has been recently highlighted by the Chair of RCGP that the perception of General practice in medical schools is often a negative one. I was certainly experience the “whether you like it or not 50% of you will end up as GPs”.

Exposure to general practice may be limited and focuses on core general practice only. General practice offers a hugely diverse career within core general practice but even more so beyond it with the increasingly popular extended roles.

I myself have taken my surgical skills and used them to provide skin surgery within my own practice. I am still in the process of developing this further. My career is constantly developing whilst I have a fantastic foundation within my partnership.

GP+ Networking caught the attention of Henry, a Bristol university medical student who had assumed his career would lead him into surgery. Through discovery of the range of surgical activity possible within primary care he now feels that general practice will give him the perfect balance for his career. Not only that, he is now actively encouraging his peers to register on the website to browse the possibilities themselves.

Turning heads towards a career in general practice

Our future career choices are often led by those who inspire us. Henry has found that GP+ Networking has done that for general practice.

Currently general practice does not get the same exposure within undergraduate training, let alone general practice with special interests and extended roles. If students are blind to those possibilities they will not follow us.

GP+ Networking allows students to search out GP trainees and GPs who can inspire them and connect with them on a one to one basis. Adding a personal dimension to career advice is a powerful tool and one that we should embrace.

I was an ST3 in plastic surgery when I decided to change to a career in GP. I know that there will be others within specialist training schemes whose life priorities or interests have changed and would consider an alternative career. The difference is now GP+ Networking allows them to look around and connect to GPs with a similar background and make an informed choice. This is happening even with GP+ Networking being in its infancy

“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 think the network is a powerful tool to solve our workforce crisis. When primary care is strong then the NHS is strong.

Why get involved as a GP?

Henry has also allowed me to reflect on my own achievements and recognised how interesting and variable my own job is currently. Being reminded of this when we are all working hard is important for morale. Teaching, mentoring and coaching are so important to energise our practice.

It can be an isolating profession sometimes. In our social lives many of us are more connective than ever via social media. GP+ Networking allows us to form communities based on our professional interests within a secure environment.

The larger the GP+Networking community is the greater it will be as a resource for general practice.

Be a part of it and watch it grow. Register now and create your profile for free.

If you would like to showcase your work as a GP with an extended role then please get in contact. We would love to here from you.

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

Founder of GP+ Networking Rising Star

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The founder of GP+ Networking, Dr Cathryn Dillon has been recognised as a rising star in the Pulse Power 50 2016. Read more about the reasons why here.

The award was granted because of her efforts developing GP+ Networking. This is seen as a clear advantage for the general practice community and asset to help doctors network so that they may develop extended roles in general practice at different times of their career.

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

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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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GP Career Event

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Dr Cathryn Dillon , the founder of GP+ Networking was happy to attend the RCGP Severn faculty GP career discussion in Bristol on Tuesday. What was clear from the event was the wide range of training opportunity available in GP training. Recent changes included a deferred entry scheme to allow FY2 doctors the chance to explore outside interests before starting GP training and the ‘Step on Step off’ model that allows time to expand training in specialist interest areas. The event spoke about academic fellow posts and the global health programme, which is so attractive for many considering career options. The ease of less than full time training was highlighted to allow a better work life balance or indeed to continue additional studies in extended roles.

Cathryn presented her findings from a study of 440 GPST trainees in the South West. It was a surprise to learn that 95% of trainees wanted some form of extended role within general practice. Popular choices were emergency medicine, surgery and education. Closer working between primary and secondary care delivering care closer to home seems to be the future. GP+ Networking has been built in view of this progression within general practice and will provide the communication platform to match those with similar extended roles. Register your interest at www.medicalnetworking.co.uk by signing in. Once fully launched it will be free to use .

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