NHS Dumfries & Galloway

GP with Special Interest

Practices across Dumfries and Galloway were invited to attend an information session on Wednesday 5th May 2021 led by Vic McDade Workforce Sustainability Lead for NHS Dumfries and Galloway to introduce a proposed idea for a collaborative approach to recruiting GPs to the region.

To ensure all practices had the opportunity to find out more and consider participating we have put together this information page with the recording of the presentation additional information and a form to register your interest to join the working group.

Why are NHS supporting this?

The first myth to bust is that we are not doing this to plug gaps in our middle grade rotas. 

The NHS as the largest health provider in the region recognises it has a responsibility as part of the Health and Social Care Partnership to work on and invest in projects that will bring long term benefits and not just address issues for short term gain.

Having GPwSI trained by our teams can be of huge benefit especially where those skills are taken back into a community setting

Presentation of session for those that missed it

Benefits for Practices

  • Bring new GPs to the region
  • hopefully retain more of our GP ST3
  • Up skill existing staff (must be currently working part time and wish to do additional PA’s therefore not impacting on current commitment)
  • improve relationships with secondary services and allow bi directional feedback to flow between the services and primary care to improve pathways.
  • funding will be provided (TBC) 

Benefits for NHS

  • Services can develop better working relationships with GPs in the region
  • Specialties will be able to support and nurture GPs to learn processes and procedures the D&G way,
  • There may be scope for some of the services to be delivered in the community which will benefit patients who can not travel and also reduce impact on hospital services.

Next Steps

General Managers and heads of services have been given till the end of May 2021 to come back to the Workforce Sustainability team with the which specialties they can support a couple or one PA(s) a week to either 

  1. Train a GP to ARCP or Diploma Level
  2. give GPs with experience that can evidenced work

Both options will be on a fixed term basis for no more than 2 years.

Gp practices who fit the following criteria are encouraged to complete the expressions of interest form below:

  • Have a vacancy at either salaried or partner level  that they are willing to offer less that WTE for the first 2 years  
  • Commit to offering discussion of next stage of career 1 year into the fixed term 
  • Commit to working closely with Vic and her team to create branding and practice information to put in campaign brochure for interested candidates.

Advertising campaign will run September and October and will include:

  • attendance at RCGP event to promote the campaign
  • BMJ Advert
  • Paid for social media 
  • organisation of interview panels and candidate support 

Please fill in the form below to register your interest for the GPwSI recruitment campaign.

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