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.
I am a GP principle working out of Bridgwater, Somerset. I am Somerset born and bred. I studied in London a GKT qualifying in 2002.
Very early on in my training I decided I wanted to be a GP. I was very much attracted to the opportunity to work with a population of patients over many years, getting to know them and be able to walk through life’s challenges with them. I like the wide variety of opportunities offered in a career as a GP and particularly wanted to focus on taking a ‘whole person’ approach to delivering good health care. With this motivation, I went straight from my house jobs to GP training in Somerset.
I have been a GP Principle since 2006. Within weeks of starting in my practice, we were being asked to consider our involvement in Practice Based Commissioning. Heralded as the future of General practice, PBC soon came and went. And in many ways this has been the pattern of life working in the Health services. New pressures bring new challenges and demand answers. Whilst this can at times be disheartening, it can also make for a very exciting carer. Leadership opportunities exist for people who want invest time and energy into making the NHS fit for purpose in the 21st century.
After 3 years working as a GP, I took on the challenge of studying to gain further qualifications in Dermatology. This was afforded through the Diploma in Practical Dermatology course at Cardiff University and led to the accreditation process to work as a GPwSI in dermatology.
The pathway towards accreditation was not straightforward. Although guidelines are available and a curriculum of sorts can help focus learning, as so few take this route, there remains great variance in what actually should be done to demonstrate an adequate skill set. Which course demonstrates adequate surgical skills? Is the RCGP course adequate? Are further skills needed? What constitutes an adequate log book? How do you achieve the 50 sessions of supervision? Who pays for your time out of practices? There were no clear answers to these questions. The hope is this website will help plough a clear line through to accreditation.
I now work 6 sessions a week running a primary care dermatology clinic. The clinic has been designed to be paper free and runs entirely on the EMIS system. All referrals are received and processed digitally. All clinic notes are recorded digitally. All investigations requested, processed and actioned digitally. All clinical letters are created using templates and protocols within the EMIS system so that before the patient has left the room, the letter to the GP is on its way. Additional admin time is minimal. IT is the key to producing efficiency in the NHS and we believe that we have demonstrated this in our practice.
As such, my other passion in the NHS is working with our current IT systems and making the most of the functions they offer to bring about efficient and safe working. IT has a great role in supportive education for doctors and embedding education tips within the framework of a consultation template has been beneficial. I am currently working to expand this tool in our county.
GP+ Networking can help you achieve a fulfilling and varied GP career
Ever wondered how some people have the coolest jobs? Chances are they have just taken the opportunity to build their alternative GP career.
GP with an extended role is an increasingly desirable profession, which allows both cradle to grave generalism whilst allowing individuals to pursue their own specialist interests.
Whether accredited GPSI/GPwSI or an extended role in a personal interest taking GP out of the office, GP+ Networking can help achieve a fulfilling and varied career. Remove the chance element from networking and take control.
Founded by a GP trainee to help others achieve a balanced and stimulating career the GP+ Networking site is free to use, joining up the profession from medical students to GPwSI.
Launching in the South West in January, to be rolled out nationally.