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+ 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.

Help us grow GP+ Networking

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.

Cathryn

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Cathryn Dillon

Founder of GP+ Networking and GP Principal Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre, Somerset

 

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

RCGP Annual Primary Care Conference – ‘Energising Primary Care’

Start Date: October 6 09:00
End Date: October 8 17:00
Location: Harrogate International Centre, 26 Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5JW

The RCGP Annual Conference is renowned for attracting inspirational speakers from the UK and around the world, as well as offering practical clinical education of the highest quality.

This year’s theme of Energising Primary Care has been specifically chosen to meet the current needs of GPs across the UK, equipping practices to face new challenges and make the most of emerging opportunities.

Our keynote speakers for 2016 include Chair of NICE Professor David Haslam, the new Director of Primary Care for NHS England Dr Arvind Madan, Chair of Tower Hamlets CCG Sir Sam Everington, and inspirational survivor of locked-in syndrome Kate Allatt.

The 2016 programme includes more than 40 hours of learning sessions and CPD covering all aspects of GP life, a vibrant selection of fringe meetings and a range of social activities that takes full advantage of all that beautiful Harrogate has to offer.

All concurrent learning sessions will be organised within ten main streams, following in-depth research with RCGP members.