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Frequently Asked Questions

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.