Caroline Chill was a GP partner for 24 years before leaving in 2012 to pursue a portfolio career. Intending to locum only as a “stop gap” she discovered and joined her local locum GP chambers and has now worked through the chambers for four years. She tells Ben about how the chambers works for her and how it has allowed her to regain her enthusiasm for medicine.
Ben talks to Ruth Robertson one of the authors of a new King’s Fund report on GP involvement in clinical commissioning and the roles of CCGs. The report is the culmination of four years’ research working with six CCGs. They discuss relationships between GPs and CCGs, avoiding conflicts of interest and the likely future for clinical commissioning.
Charmi Rogers is a Paramedic Practitioner working in a GP Practice in Haywards Heath. In this podcast she tells Ben how her role in dealing with on-the-day demand has grown and the consequent impact on the practice and its GPs. Also, in a first for the Ben Gowland Podcast, she answers four questions posed by you, the listeners, via Twitter.
Ockham Healthcare is running a series of podcasts and blogs on local locum GP chambers because of the impact they can have on an area struggling with GP recruitment. In this second blog in our series Ben Gowland calls on CCGs to do what they can to support their development – but warns against trying to control them.
In the second in our short series on local locum GP chambers Ben talks to Mark Sage a newly qualified GP who opted to work as a locum and found the support he needed within his local locum GP chambers. If you missed the first podcast in this series (which explains all about chambers) you can find it here.
Ben is worried that the General Practice Forward View does not fit with everything else that is going on including the Sustainability and Transformation Plans and the new CCG assessment and improvement framework. In his latest audioblog he warns of the consequences of not joining up the dots.
Can GP practices work in closer collaboration with the local Acute Trust and yet not lose their independence? Ben talks to Dr Berge Balian, a long-standing GP who was appointed Associate Medical Director for Primary Care at Yeovil District Hospital and is one of the clinical leaders for a Primary and Acute Care System (PACS) model. He tells Ben how GP and hospital services have come together, how GPs were convinced to support this new model and how the whole system has benefited.