Happy 2016!

Now we enter the new year we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and let clients and candidates alike know what exciting things we have to look forward to this year.

Primary Care People will be holding our first annual Summer charity ball for our charity partner Sense. This will kick-off with a volunteer day we have booked in with them soon at the Stables, where we get to meet our rescue donkeys, Bonnie and Clyde!

Our sponsorship is also in place with The RCGP so we will be assisting them in working with Practice Manager’s in their workshops on running your own practice. We will also be presenting and sponsoring this years 20th Research Paper; RCGP and Primary Care People Research Paper of the Year Award.

We will be attending a lot more events this year so you shall expect to see us there! We will also be running for more awards, moving into another new office, and growing evermore as a company.

Christmas Time with General Practice

As we are entering the Christmas month, we are filled with festive cheer and busy days and nights running around headless in the cold! Although it is ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, we must be aware it is also the most busiest in every aspect!

To make sure everyone is aware of how their GP Practices will be available, we have put together some important information for patients and Practice managers.

We are all aware of ‘winter pressures’, which put a strain on all Primary Care services. So to ensure patients can get the best services;

Practices should ensure that:

  • patients are aware of any closures in advance by using surgery notices, and including messages on repeat prescriptions
  • arrangements are in place to ensure that repeat prescriptions are ordered and collected in a timely matter to avoid requests over the period of practice closure
  • answer phone messages should be changed at 18:30 on the afternoons of early closure – in particular – for opted out practices where there is a change from the sub-contracted provider to NHS 111

 

Helpful tips to prepare for the holiday period

In addition to the contractual guidance below, the following are suggestions for actions practices might consider to ensure your patients’ reasonable needs and your practices’ contractual obligations are met.

Following these tips will help to promote the smooth running of out of hours services and to ease pressures on your practice on days when the practice is open:

  • Minimise or avoid pre-booking advance appointments, particularly for non-essential services, from 23 December to 6 January
  • Minimise or avoid appointments for routine consultations, i.e. non-essential services from 23 December to 6 January
  • Ensure on any half day closing that a GP from the practice is contactable by the covering out of hours or other service in case of unforeseen queries
  • Advertise practice half day closing arrangements well in advance on prescription counterfoils, posters and other media at the practice, commencing as soon as possible if you have not already done so
  • Extend repeat prescriptions so they do not fall due during the period 23 December to 6 January
  • Ensure pharmacists collect “collection and delivery” prescriptions before the practice closes
  • Ensure patients on opiate substitution prescriptions have enough to cover practice closure periods and collect their prescriptions before closing
  • Ensure urgent lab tests carried out during this period have the clinical condition and phone number of the patient clearly on the form
  • Ensure special notes are sent to the out of hours organisation on vulnerable patients e.g. those without mental capacity, those with complex or terminal conditions and those where special arrangements are in place (e.g. GP to be informed during the out of hours period if patient dies)
  • Ensure residential and nursing home patients have repeat prescriptions, know the opening times and any sick patients have been reviewed before closing the practice [1]

We hope this helps you, and allows patients to know what to expect during this time of year.

Tis’ the season to be jolly after all!

[1] Bma.org.uk, (2015). BMA – GP Services During Holiday Period | British Medical Association. [online] Available at: http://bma.org.uk/support-at-work/gp-practices/service-provision/gp-services-during-holiday-period [Accessed 3 Dec. 2015].

 

Partnership With The RCGP

Today marked a very special occasion for Primary Care People, and the start of our partnership with The Royal College of General Practitioners.

We have partnered up with The RCGP to help assist them in their Practice Manager workshops that will be running annually from Janurary 2016.

We’re delighted to confirm that Primary Care People will be the exclusive sponsorship partner for the imminent schedule of legal practice and employment workshops, due to launch in November 2015.

Through the rest of 2015 workshops will be trialled in London before moving over the country. Our Managing Director Tawhid Juneja will be taking part in the workshops to speak to Practice Managers about how we can help with current issues.

Not only will we be assisting the college with the workshops, but we are also the official sponsor for next years Research Paper of the Year.

RCGP’s flagship clinical research award, now entering its 20th year. For 2016, Primary Care people will be the partner to take the awards into a new era.

We are proud to be working closely with the college to eradicate ideas of ‘the greedy agency’, and offer any help and advice we can to General Practitioners and Practice Managers.

Caring For You, So You Can Care For Others

 

Patients Need Medically Trained Staff and Not Call Centre Trainees Says Primary Care People

Patients Need Medically Trained Staff and Not Call Centre Trainees Says Primary Care People

An investigation by the Daily Mail has revealed that call centre staff, often with just three weeks of training and not qualified as medically trained practitioners, have been advising people on the NHS Out of Hours Hotline.

The hotline, which replaced NHS Direct, was set up to deal with urgent cases and the newspaper reports on the tragedy of two young children who died owing to mis diagnoses by people who missed serious symptoms and who were following a computer tick box system rather than referring worried parents to a nurse or doctor.

The investigation also discovered a worryingly few number of nurses were on standby for 2.3million people and over half a million sick patients couldn’t reach anyone at all, resulting in 75% of calls going unanswered.

Hertfordshire based medical recruitment company Primary Care People has been recruiting and providing nurses and doctors for the NHS since 2013. Tawhid Juneja the company’s founder and MD says “The investigation is truly shocking and will worry patients throughout the UK who depend on the services of the NHS, especially for their children and the sick and elderly. It’s no secret that there has been a shortfall of nurses and doctors in the NHS for some time and never moreso than for out of hours services.

“We completely understand the enormous pressures that NHS staff have to cope with and the genuine concerns of patients who urgently want to get the services they need.

With this in mind, some time ago we set up a 24/7 out of hours service, which covers weekdays and weekends, so that we can always provide nurses and doctors on call at relatively short notice. We have very strict medical criteria for the doctors and nurses we have on our database and in an emergency we can provide help for practices and centres who may be understaffed and under pressure.

“The only long term solution is for the NHS to ensure that across the board there are enough Out of Hours staff to cope with demand and not just in A&E departments which are already overloaded. It’s neither fair on patients nor for the call centre staff who are not medically trained to take responsibility for sometimes life and death decisions, as we have seen in the papers today.”

Primary Care People Completed Tough Mudder 2015

On Saturday 22nd of August 2015, the Primary Care People team attended Tough Mudder South West in aid of Bliss.

The team did extremely well and completed the course in under 4 hours. With some electric shocks, a lot of mud, and ice cold water, the team powered through and completed the course!

We are very proud of all participants, and we want to thank all who donated to such a great cause.

The team raised Money for Bliss; a charity for babies born too soon, too small and too sick. We raised £1,500.00*.

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We are very proud of our team! Go Primary Care People!

*This is the amount we have raised thus far. Please feel free to donate here.

RCN Congress 2015 – Bournemouth

We attended the RCN Congress this week in Bournemouth, and found the event a roaring success!

We got to talk to many of the delegates who expressed to us how knowledgeable they found the conferences and debates. We were able to discuss the recent events in healthcare and truly see Nurses who care about the industry.

We met student nurses who wanted advice on which route to take, retired nurses who wanted help finding their way back into nursing, and qualified working nurses from all routes of nursing who wanted to understand how working with an agency works.

We found the week enjoyable and rewarding. One of our biggest commitments, and something we pride ourselves on is our personal relationships, and we feel we got to meet a lot of honest people. We are excited by the delegates who have joined us and we are ready to keep the progression going.

if you were lucky enough to visit our stand you would have also been amazed by our team magician. Lee Smith wowed the crowds whilst they explored, and made the whole exhibition something we all cannot stop talking about!

If you attended the exhibition and you met the team then we look forward to getting in touch.

If you missed us please give us a call and we can introduce ourselves to you.

See you at the RCN exhibition next year!

Monthly May Statistics for Primary Care People

Candidates: we have registered 54 new candidates this month!

Clients: we have signed on with 102 new clients this month.

A big welcome to all new Doctor’s and Nurse’s that have joined us this month. We hope you find all you want from your work with us, and wish you a prosperous year. With our new clients we are thriving in expanding our work opportunities for all you candidates.  We are excited to have you all as part of the Primary Care People team.

And another big welcome to all new Client’s that have joined us this month. With our new candidates registering with the company we are thriving in expanding our team.

We have also welcomed a new recruitment consultant this month; Paul Berry. Paul is highly experienced in recruitment consulting and will be helping our candidates and clients build new and stronger relationships.

Don’t forget should you want to join us we have excellent referral terms.

Please email: applications@primarycare-jobs.co.uk

We are excited to have you all as part of the Primary Care People team.

Nurse Referral Terms:

Hours worked by Referral Referral payment to Candidate
First 100 hours (Equivalent to two weeks work) £200.00
Next 400 hours (Equivalent to ten weeks work) £300.00
Next 1000 hours (Equivalent to twenty five weeks work) £650.00
 Next 2000 hours (Equivalent to fifty weeks work) £1000.00

Doctor Referral Terms:

Hours worked by Referral Referral payment to Candidate
First 100 hours (Equivalent to two weeks work) £300.00
Next 400 hours (Equivalent to ten weeks work) £300.00
Next 1000 hours (Equivalent to twenty five weeks work) £700.00
Next 2000 hours (Equivalent to fifty weeks work)

Primary Care People Supplier for IC24

Primary Care People are excited to announce we have been appointed as the preferred supplier for IC24. As the UK’s fastest growing Primary Care recruitment specialist, we will share best practice and innovative ideas through a partnership approach and strategic working to assist IC24 achieve their goals and deliver world class services.

This also means we are guaranteed to have work available for candidates.

If you are interested in joining the Primary Care People team and working within any of the IC24 services, please contact us on 0203 137 2114

The Recruiter Awards

Last night Primary Care People attended The Recruiter Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel. We joined the awards as part of being shortlisted for Best New Agency in the whole country!

Although we did not win, we feel like winners to have been there. To be recognized as one of the best recruiters in the UK, alongside only 4 other companies, was a real achievement for the company.

At only 18 months old the business has grown immensely, and the team is getting bigger as a result.

We are so proud of our hard work and dedication of every staff member to getting the company where it is today.

With determination, Primary Care People have built a solid reputation and have collated numbers of successful clients and candidates who work hard themselves every day.

Being in the healthcare business we are a 24 hour, 7 days a week agency. We continue to love what we do, and help ensure patients and clients are seen to, and that GP’s and Nurse’s are happy and supported in their roles.

We continue to feel humbled by the loyalty and team morale that all our candidates and clients can give us. Together we will continue to grow stronger, especially at this time and need of the primary healthcare issues.

To be shortlisted as Best New Agency was a win in itself, but we have done our best, and we will continue to do the best for our candidates and our staff.

Well done to all who won and entered. We are proud that our hard work has been seen.

Caring for you, so you can care for others.

7 Reasons To Be a GP

With the shortage of General Practitioners still being an issue in the Primary Care sector, we came to think about why there is a shortage? And if it’s the NHS that’s causing you trouble, or the government, why not take a moment to think about the ideal life as a locum GP.

We took the liberty of accumulating the dream life for you…

1. VarietySo much choice!

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GP’s have a full range of medical, psychological, social problems. Not to mention enjoying different practices which will allow you opportunities to work with different GPs, and treat different patients. This will help you build more relationships and gain more skills enabling you to have a better career.

 

2. Independence All decisions are up to you!

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Considerable day-to-day autonomy, you choose when & where. Which also allows for a better work life and personal life balance.


3. Money –
Basically, lots of it.

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Value with portfolio work too, but you’re also looking at £200K a year!

4. More clinicalin a nutshell less paper work

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5. Time Off – Good opportunity to take time off and recover from registrar year.

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Not to mention, NO EXAMS!!

6. Helping People – You’re the savior really.

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The profession can be rewarding and self-fulfilling. You’re responsible for helping and maintaining the health of a large group of people of all ages. You can relieve someone’s pain, deliver a newborn, detect health problems that may otherwise go unnoticed and make referrals to see specialists for further testing and care.

 

7. Power – And lets not forget to be a GP in general is underrated…they know about everything. 

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Since general practitioners don’t specialize in certain areas, they diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, diseases and other ailments that affect all parts of the body…so they basically hold all the power.

As you can see life of a Locum GP is one not to missed out on. Even a salaried life as a GP seems pretty darn great, are we right?

Get in touch today to see why!

Call: 0203 137 2114

Email: socialmedia@primarycare-jobs.co.uk