Current economic conditions in General practice mean it has become impossible for practices to compete with the lure of the locum market for the best Doctors for your practice. Consequently practices are left with two options whilst waiting for the God-send of a Salaried GP to walk through the surgery doors:
- Cover vacancy with current GPs which leads to increased workloads and eventually burnout.
- Enlist the services of a locum agency to provide ad hoc cover at a premium.
The Associate GP scheme was created out of necessity to provide GP practices a long term Doctor to satisfy the increasing number of unfilled salaried vacancies at surgeries across the country. Our Associate GPs are focused on continuity of care and integration within one team which is rare at a time when being a salaried/permanent GP is seemingly unattractive.
The Associate scheme responds by providing these GPs at a cost equivalent to or less than that of a traditional salaried post and far more cost effective than locum cover direct or via an agency. The Associate GP scheme is available Nationwide on a small and large scale provided by a Medical Chamber run by an elite team of high quality GPs and Vacancy Managers.
Benefit from 12 month renewable cover allowing both the GP and practice to work together for an extended of period of time. As a medical chamber we encourage you to offer the Associate GP a permanent contract after the first year and will not charge any further fees. … (as we will consider this job done!!).
Call Primary Care Medical Chambers to speak to a Vacancy manager who will go through with exactly what is expected from the GP and associated costings.