Bristol Women Tech Hub look at female founders. It was great to be approached to share my journey up to this point and how we may move forward for general practice of the future, plus what the career can offer women.
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
- 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
- Allow an overview of what is happening in general practice and what is possible.
- 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.
- ‘Anytime’ communication to improve local GP engagement in local working patterns and projects via group discussion.
- Augmentation of established face to face GP education groups.
- 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.
- Find inspiration.
- 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
Dr Cathryn Dillon
GP Principal and Founder
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.
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.
My name is Ananda Pal. I changed from a career in general medicine to general practice. I had found that I enjoyed the general aspect of being a medic and that there wasn’t one specialty I particularly wished to undertake for the rest of my career. With hindsight I was fortunate enough that it was straightforward to sample 6 months as a GP registrar and since then I have never looked back. I soon realised that being a GP offered me a huge variety of interesting medical cases with often quite rare diseases initially presenting through GP.
As a medic I had always been interested in teaching, and took the opportunity to become a GP trainer which I find rewarding and adding some more variety to the week. Aside from spending time with trainees there are meetings with other trainers, which provide a welcome change from day to day surgeries.
I have the opportunity to use and apply other skills that I learnt from my time as a medic such as joint injections learnt in rheumatology. I am also the diabetic lead for my practice.
I find it really rewarding to work as a partner in a busy practice. There is a real sense of working in a team. We have moved into different roles within the business itself ensuring work is fairly shared. Partnership meetings are an opportunity to look at things with more than a clinician’s hat on and also a time when it is good to meet with the rest of the doctors. Prior to choosing medicine as a student, I had toyed with the idea of working in a finance based job in London. I now lead on the financial aspects of working in our practice so I get perhaps a little taste of what may have been!
I would wholeheartedly recommend a career in general practice.