The Suffolk Locum Service Practice Induction Pack has been put together by locum GP Lena Powell.
Lena was born in Germany and partially educated in Suffolk. She graduated from Heidelberg Medical School in 2010 and completed a Doctoral Thesis in ‘Depression during pregnancy and its effects on the gestational age at birth and birth weight.’
Lena returned to Suffolk in 2012 and completed specialist training working at Ipswich Hospital and two Ipswich practices until 2015. In 2016 she completed Suffolk GP Federation’s development programme for newly qualified GPs – “Leading The Way”, and transitioned from being a salaried doctor to working as a locum.
Once Lena began working for different practices she became interested by their on-site inductions and the information material that she was given (or not given). She found it most useful to have half an hour or so blocked off on the first day to be shown around the premises and meet staff face to face – in particular receptionists and the rest of the administration/secretarial team. She also found that there were several essential things that each person working in a building needs to know, from fire exits and where to find resuscitation equipment through to more trivial things such as where the staff toilets and kitchen facilities are.
Having a named mentor GP was also useful if she had any specific questions throughout the day.
From this experience, Lena has created a set of templates to help streamline the induction process – making it easier, more efficient and safer for both the locum and the practice.
All documents are available in PDF or Word format and are easy to use by filling in the specific information and ticking off the checklists. They include:
- A new locum checklist – click here for a PDF version and here to download a Word document
- Site induction – click here for a PDF version and here to download a Word document
- Terms and conditions checklist – click here for a PDF version and here to download a Word document
- A booklet about the practice which gives the locum the most important information (who’s who, roles and responsibilities, referral processes, useful numbers and details) – click here to download a Word document
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