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.
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 project 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.
“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”
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.
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.
Looking forward to traveling to Peninsula deanery to speak at GPST induction with the aim of enthusing other GP trainees to innovate. Never underestimate your contribution to change. Fresh eyes are invaluable to the process of quality improvement from within established general practice. Those who are immersed within the job may find it difficult to see the possibility for improvement and I am sure will always welcome alternative suggestions. If there is a reason your idea isn’t suitable then you will learn from it. Your effort is appreciated. If there is no reason then you take your first step to making it better.
Fear will only stagnate progress!