The GP Support Hub - A new confidential support service for GPs
There are currently a plethora of GP career development schemes and advice networks e.g. Welcome Back to Work, Locum Service, GP Flex, Future leaders programme, First5s, peer-group support, coaching etc. However, all these different schemes can be confusing and difficult to navigate because they all have different criteria and are not always easy to access.
The Suffolk GP Federation has set up the GP Support Hub covering Suffolk and North East Essex. The Hub is an easy way for GPs to obtain confidential information, advice and support on career or personal development. Where it can, the GP Hub will help with applications and accessing programmes and support networks. It also offers wider services such as admin support for revalidation and return-to-work advice.
Examples of the types of support the GP Hub can offer include:
- Returning to work
- Appraisals and revalidation
- Flexible work opportunities (home-based, term-time only etc)
- CPD and Training
- Pastoral Support
- NHS Pensions
- IT and Equipment Support
- Becoming a locum
- Developing a portfolio career e.g. we have managed to source some funding for dermatology diplomas
- Those interested in relocating to Suffolk or North East Essex
The service has been set up, so it can deal with individual specific queries and give ongoing support. It will not just give a list of websites. The service is run by Jane Hallinan and Michelle Tomkins and can be access via 01473 350820, firstname.lastname@example.org, or via social media.
The GP Support Hub can help with the paper work and link you with appraisers which can be of use particularly for GP’s who have been out of work for a period of time.
The GP Flex project is designed to complement other GP workforce initiatives across Suffolk by creating new flexible GP remote working capacity to complete clinical administrative workload. By its nature remote working increases the pool of clinical capacity overcoming the challenges of geography, working hours, access to clinical space and recruitment black spots. Please call or email the GP Support Hub for more information.
The Suffolk ‘GP Welcome Back to Work Service’ can help get you ready to return to work. Working with a local host GP practice a GP clinical coordinator will help you create an individualised plan that suits your needs so that you can refresh your training, update your local referral pathway knowledge, refresh your clinical system knowledge, boost your confidence, get yourself work ready. We have access to a small amount of funding to support each GP. Please contact the GP Support Hub for more information.
If you’re unsure about returning to work after parental leave speak to the GP Support Hub today.
The aim of Suffolk Locum Service is to create a pool of Suffolk based GPs who are willing to provide locum cover for local practices. Practices are given access to an online portal that allows them to advertise and book GP sessions completely free of charge. Locums that use the service can apply for sessions directly and also have access to a range of resources and professional support.
We have First5 groups in East and West Suffolk. They are open to GPs within the first five years of qualifying and offer peer support, education and networking. Currently the groups meet occasionally but keep in touch via Whatsapp. The East group if facilitated by Imaad khalid and the West by Craig Sheridan. If anyone wants to be put in touch please email email@example.com and we will forward your details.