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


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.

Why Harding loves being a GP with an extended role

My experience as a GP with an extended role

harding richards gps with extended rolesAs a medical student and foundation doctor, I could never find the one specialty that made me want to exclude all others. I liked acute medicine too much to be psychiatrist, and mental health too much for a career in the Emergency Department. In every field other than general practice I worried what I’d be giving up. So with my herringbone jacket and my bag slung over my shoulder, off I marched to GP selection.

I knew I wanted to train outside of a city, and I’m glad I did. Think of words like “radical”, “dynamic” and “revolutionary” and the GPs of Somerset are unlikely to spring to mind. Yet they have been early and enthusiastic adopters of new medicines, such as NOACs; they have organised a rolling programme of teaching throughout the county, via SGPET, that ignites genuinely useful discussions and makes the insights of our colleagues in specialist care easily accessible; and, whatever you may think of the concept, abandoning QoF for locally derived and developed performance targets was not a move for the faint-hearted.

Yet even so, I realise that there was something I had given up in becoming a GP – a niche; an area of my own, where I could hone my skills and develop a personal interest; a special interest; an extension of my role as a General Practitioner. Or so I thought.

For me, the route into having an extended role came in the form of the Severn Deanery Scholarship in Substance Misuse. The opportunity for ST3s to take a little longer with their training and nurture a new skill set was too good to pass up, and the rewards have been phenomenal. As a substance misuse scholar, I’ve had the chance to work in a community drug and alcohol team, and can now run my own clinics. I’ve been sent on part 2 of the RCGP’s course in substance misuse – a serious qualification with nationally recognised clout, and will qualify with the ability to call myself a GpwSI.

For me, the chance to have a specialist role alongside my work as a GP really is the best of both worlds. For the profession, it’s something of an antidote to the continuous workload that may grind down GPs young and old. And for the health service as a whole, it brings in new ways of working that can bring about those radical, dynamic and revolutionary changes to keep the NHS that we know and love going through the 21st century.

Harding Richards