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Information for GPs

As a GP in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, there are several different ways that you can work, and you can work in more than one way.

  • In a GP Practice as GP Principal or in a salaried post
  • as a Sessional GP
  • GP Retainer
  • as a GP Returner, or
  • in the Out of Hours Service

 Golden Hello Payments

If a doctor is taking up a post within a practice that is ranked in the top 40% deprived practices in Scotland, they may be entitled to claim a Golden Hello payment.

This is something that the doctor should discuss with the practice they intend to join. Please be aware that there are set criteria which apply to this payment, as set out in the Statement of Financial Entitlements that doctors are required to fulfil to be eligible to claim the payment.

GP Principal

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES

TAKING UP A PARTNER POST WITHIN NHS GG&C

1. This is normally instigated by the practice appointing the new partner (either by letter or email) 

2. The practice should notify NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Primary Care Support) of the new partner’s name, GMC number, start date and number of sessions. To allow the required processes to be undertaken timeously, as much notice as possible should be given to the Board. This notification should be sent to the FHS Team at gp.pcs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

3. Once in receipt of this information, the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Primary Care Support) will provide the new partner with the appropriate paperwork to complete. Once the completed paperwork has been returned, the doctor will be attached to the practice and the required processes undertaken.

As well as notifying the Board of new appointments, the practices should also notify the Board of any retirals and resignations.

Salaried GP

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES.

TAKING UP A SALARIED GP POST WITHIN NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Notification of a new Salaried GP within a practice requires the same process as a new partner within the practice, and although a Salaried GP is an employee of the contractor the Board still requires notification of the post.

The practice should notify NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s of the salaried GP’s name, GMC number, start date number of sessions, and duration of contract. To allow the required processes to be undertaken timeously, as much notice as possible should be given to the Board. This notification should be sent to the FHS Team at gp.pcs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

As well as notifying the Board of new appointments, the practices should also notify the Board of any retirals and resignations.

Sessional GP

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES

Sessional GP within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

To provide general medical services, all GPs are required to be included in a Performers List where they provide the majority of their services (Host Board).  It is now a single point of entry to the Performers List and once included in their Host Board Performers List, a doctor can be added to all Performers List in Scotland simultaneously. 

 To be included in the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Performers List, you should contact the FHS Team at gp.pcs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk for an application pack and /or advice regarding this process.

USEFUL LINKS

Locum GP Induction & Practice Packs: Guidance

Each practice you work in should have a locum pack and procedures, containing information you will need, and also information they will need from you. Below we have placed a document containing what we think the pack should contain.

Locum GP Induction & Practice Packs: Guidance

Applying for an NHS Mail Account

All GPs, including Sessional GPs, are entitled to an NHSmail account. Sessional GPs, hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and working across a number of practices, should phone DAISY, the IT Company NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde use to support their IT systems, on 0344 863 1244 and log a call. The operator will take you through a series of questions; take contact details, and then your account will be set up

USEFUL CONTACTS

Performers List Admin / Support
Email: gp.pcs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

GP Appraisal Team
Alannah Connolly, GP Appraisal Administrator, Tel No: 0141- 232-2115
Email: alannah.connolly2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Julie Ogilvie, GP Administrative Assistant, Tel No: 0141- 211-3803
Email: julie.ogilvie@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Glasgow LMC

40 New City Rd, Glasgow G4 9JT
Tel No: 0141 332 8081

Practitioner Services Division
NHS National Services Scotland
Practitioner Services
1st Floor, Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 6QE

Forms A and B – Christine O’Brien, Tel No: 0141-300-1331
Email: nss.psd-customer-admin@nhs.scot

Glasgow Locum Group
https://www.glasgowlocumgroup.org

40 New City Rd, Glasgow G4 9JT
Email: info@glasgowlocumgroup.org
Tel No: 0141 332 8081

Out of Hours Service
Derek Johnston, Rota Administrator
Email: Derek.Johnston3@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
Tel No: 0141 616 6215

NHS Scotland Vacancies
https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/

GP Retainer Scheme

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES

GP ROLE – GP RETAINER

A doctor wishing to join the GP Retainer Scheme within NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde should, in the first instance contact Dr Jane Deighan, Associate Advisor (Retainer Scheme) for more information.

Dr Deighan’s contact details are as undernoted:-

Telephone: 0141 223 1408
Email: – jane.deighan2@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Weblinks: http://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/media/46871/retainer-leaflet.pdf

       Or:       GP Induction and Returner Programmes | Scotland Deanery (nhs.scot)

GP Returner / Enhanced Induction

GP RETURNER/ENHANCED INDUCTION SCHEME WITHIN NHS GG&C

If a doctor has never worked in the UK before or has been out of general practice for more than two years, it is possible that they may require to be referred to the GP Enhanced Induction/Returner Scheme in the first instance. The Board would not be in a position to confirm this until such times as the doctors submit a completed Performers List application and supporting documentation to the Board for consideration and the Board has completed all the necessary checks.

For further information about the scheme please see the flyers below

GP Returner Flyer

GP Enhanced Induction Flyer

Out of Hours Service

PLEASE NOTE: ALL GPS WISHING TO WORK WITHIN NHS SCOTLAND ARE REQUIRED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PERFORMERS LIST OF THE HEALTH BOARD THEY ARE CURRENTLY PROVIDING SERVICES

Dear Colleague

NHSGGC Out of Hours Service continues to provide a very high standard of care to patients when GP practices are not available.

This is only possible due to the dedication and professionalism of all staff, clinical and non-clinical, who work in the service.

Such a high quality service is only sustainable if we continue to staff our service to an appropriate level.

It is well publicised that GPs are busier than ever by day and the thought of doing an out of hours session may be further from your mind.

However, your patients need first class care out of hours as they deserve it. You too need the Out of Hours Service to be able to offer first class care and be able to resolve issues which present during the out of hours period and thus avoid such issues becoming an in-hours problem.

GPs have always been supportive of the service and many of you feel a professional responsibility to contribute to the service. This is very much appreciated.

We have prepared an induction pack which, with this letter, we hope will make venturing back into the out of hours environment a smoother process for those considering taking the plunge.

Patients present with the same conditions as we see in daytime practice.

Most of us who do work out of hours find the job professionally rewarding.

The application process would be for you to contact us at derek.johnston3@ggc.scot.nhs.uk indicating that you wish to apply.

If you are a GG&C general practitioner we would ask that you send us your details. This would be followed by a telephone interview – or face to face if needed – with me.

Following a successful interview we would arrange Adastra training (IT software – takes 30-60 minutes), educate you on how to bid for sessions (10 minutes) and you can then work with us as often or seldom as you wish.

If requested we can arrange for you to work alongside a colleague in a “shadowing” capacity initially to allow you to gain confidence.

We do need your support to continue to provide a safe and effective service and I encourage you to consider signing up for a session or two.

The pay rates rise considerably over the festive period which is busy though well staffed and well rewarded.

We are happy for doctors to sign up for part of a shift if the current shifts are too long (range from 4 – 8.5 hours).

We need to be flexible to encourage you to help so feel free to contact me to discuss.

As always a very sincere thank you to the 400+ GPs who work with us on a regular basis. Your dedication and professionalism is very much appreciated.


Yours faithfully

Dr Keith McIntyre

Once you have been approved on the Performer’s List you will be able to apply for jobs. The NHS Scotland GP Jobs Site advertises GP vacancies by region, and you will be able to find the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Vacancies here. Information on joining the Performer’s List continues below.

  • In order to work as a GP in Scotland, you will need to be a member of the Disclosure Scotland, PVG Scheme, and to work in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, you will need to be on the NHS Primary Medical Services Performer’s list for Glasgow and Clyde.  In order to apply for these, you will need to fill out a paper application form. To obtain a copy of the application pack, please contact the FHS Team at gp.pcs@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

On this page, you will find links to sample application forms, and also guidance documents on completing these applications. Please note that these sample application forms cannot be used to apply; 

Application for Inclusion on the Performer’s List

PVG Application

Disclosure Scotland – PVG Online – Applicant Guide Feb 2021

How does a Sessional GP get an NHS mail account?

Response from NSS – Any GP, including Sessional GPs, are entitled to an NHSmail account. The issue is whether they should be attached to the practice they work in or not. I would suggest that if they are likely to work in a practice for 3 months or more they should be attached to the practice and if they move to another practice they are marked as a leaver from that practice and then added to the next by the practice admins. This would need to be done by your local administrator. If they are only working for a week here or there, they should float within the Board (not attached to anything except GGC Board).

To get an NHS Mail account a Sessional GP should phone DAISY, the IT Company NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde use to support their systems, on 0344 863 1244 and log a call. The operator will take the GP through a series of questions, including which Health Board they are hosted by, take contact details, and then the account will be set up.

If a GP has an NHS Mail account from working in a practice can they retain it if they leave the practice to work as a Sessional GP?

Yes – When the GP is working for a Practice they will be attached to that practice, if they move to another practice they will be marked as a leaver from that practice and then added to the next by the practice admins. This would need to be done by your local administrator. If they are only working for a week here or there, they should float within the Board (not attached to anything except GGC Board).

What are the implications for a person’s PVG Scheme membership if they move from working in a practice to working sessionally, or if they come from another part of the UK?

PVG application is carried out as part of a new GP’s induction process, along with Performers List application, when they wish to practice as a GP. It is a national scheme and covers them wherever they work in Scotland, and whether they work as a Principal in a practice or sessionally. If a GP comes from another part of the UK they will have to complete the Scottish PVG process even if they are members of the scheme elsewhere in the UK

How would Sessional GPs access BNF online?

The BNF can be accessed from the Medicines Complete website at https://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/ in order to access the site you must be working in a GP Practice, a member of NHS Scotland staff, student on NHS placements, or partner in local authorities and the voluntary health sector.

How would Sessional GPs Access the NHSGGC formulary?

You can access the GGC Formulary through Staffnet. If you are working in a practice the permissions on the PC should be sufficient. There are also smartphone apps that can be downloaded, however you need a StaffNet account in order to open either the online formulary or the app.

How would Sessional GPs Access the online BNF?

Go to https://bnf.nice.org.uk/ and you can access the BNF on your device, either desktop or mobile.

GGC Medicines

Clicking on the link below will take you to the GGC Medicines webpage which contains a link to the current GGC Drug Formulary and other useful information.