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General practice is currently going through many changes to deal with the crisis surrounding the profession.
Some GPs have chosen to work collaboratively to overcome the diminishing resources and workforce pressures that we as doctors face on a daily basis. As a sessional GP myself, it is clear there is a risk that some of us may feel out of the loop and may not understand the implications that collaborative working could have on our working lives.
Federations or super-partnerships, among other models, are expected to be an integral part of this new NHS setup. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure that all sessional GPs understand their contract and how these changes can affect their employment rights.
While there may be some risks associated with these new arrangements, like with anything new, there are a lot of opportunities for us too. In our recent sessional GP survey we found that these setups can offer flexible working options and roles that enable us to develop our own interests and explore opportunities that were not readily available before.
The sessional GPs committee has produced new guidance explaining these changes, and highlighted key topics GPs should consider before entering a working arrangement within these new models of care. We hope this guidance clarifies any uncertainty you have on this issue. Don’t forget that you can also use the BMA contract checking service if you have any concerns.
Pooja Arora is the West Midlands representative on the sessional GPs subcommittee