• Keeping your hand in with low volumes of GP work: new guidance to support GPs, appraisers and ROs

    Many GPs develop second roles, or have caring responsibilities which draw them away from regular GP work. There may be periods travelling, voluntary work or development of new special interests. These GPs may fear removal from the performer’s list due to insufficient clinical work, or failure to “pass” appraisal, with different regions having different approaches, and decision making processes which...
  • Improving the interface between primary and secondary care

    • 6 Jun 2018
    We all know how frustrating it can be when we haven’t received the hospital letter regarding a patient who is sat in clinic asking for information. Or in secondary care, you open-up a GP referral and it is does not have all the detail that you need. Yet, we have all been the one writing that letter, as well as receiving it. Ultimately it is the patient who suffers when the interface between primary and secondary...
  • Connecting with our WHY

    This month, I attended a conference in Krakow, Poland, of the World Association of Family Doctors (amusingly named WONCA), in part, to distract myself from my CCT-life crisis. 2 months from finishing training, I’ve realised I have no plan. I never thought I would make it this far. And now I have to decide what to do with the rest of my life . So I ran away to Poland. The conference opened with a spellbinding speech...
  • Meet your rep: Jamie Lingard

    I am currently a GPST2 working in the Highlands of Scotland, with my GP practice in Beauly roughly twenty minutes from Inverness. I studied at Nottingham University with my foundation years in Mansfield and Liverpool, before undertaking Core Surgical Training in Edinburgh. After completing core surgical training I decided to change to GP. I had experienced working rurally in the Outer Hebrides (an archipelago of islands...
  • Returning from maternity leave and going LTFT

    • 5 Jun 2018
    I’m an ST3 trainee in the Eastern Deanery, and in 2016 I was fortunate to be expecting my third child. Until then I had always been a healthy and well, full time trainee. My first maternity leave was during the summer between first and second year of medical school, and my second mat leave was at the end of FY2, meaning I simply deferred the start of my GP training by 6 months. Both of my previous maternity...