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State-backed indemnity scheme to cover 'all GPs for all NHS work'



The ‘state-backed’ indemnity scheme will be open to all GPs, including locums and sessional work, for all NHS work, the health secretary has announced. 


The scheme will be available in April 2019, health secretary Jeremy Hunt told delegates at today’s RCGP Conference in Liverpool, alongside an announcement that he was expanding the £20,000 ‘golden hello’ scheme and was looking into regulating physician associates.


He added that it will be available to locums and sessional GPs, but stopped short of promising it would be for all practice staff.


Pulse had previously reported that the scheme would cover all practice staff, but Mr Hunt said this was not the case.


He was asked by Dr Richard Vautrey, chair of the BMA’s GP Committee, whether the scheme would include all practice staff and locums.


Mr Hunt replied: 'I can give the commitment it will be for doctors working in general practice. The wider commitments, I would love to be able to give you, but I don’t know the answers. I don’t want to promise something I will have to retract later.’


Earlier in his speech, he had said the scheme ’will take time to introduce’.


He said: ’It will take us 18 months. We need to negotiate with the BMA and the medical defence organisations. It will be introduced in this year’s contract discussions.


’It will be more affordable and reliable for you. We’ll have control of variables that makes indemnity fees fluctuate… I hope this will give some stability.’


The announcement of the scheme follows pressure from the profession and Pulse to tackle the problem of rising indemnity fees.


GP leaders gave the announcement a cautious welcome, but said more details on funding and who it will cover was needed.


Pulse last week delivered a letter to the Department of Health signed by more than 300 GPs calling on the Government to ‘fully reimburse the cost of GP indemnity’.


The BMA’s GP Committee warned earlier this year that rising indemnity costs were set to make the profession ‘untenable’, especially with potential changes to the size of compensation payouts.


But in a statement today, the DH said that it is looking at a ‘long-term solution’.

It said: ‘The Government is planning to develop a state-backed indemnity scheme for GPs, to protect them from the costs of clinical negligence claims, subject to further work on relevant issues.


’Our ambition is to provide a more stable and affordable system for GPs. The scheme could provide financially sustainable cover for claims arising from the delivery of NHS services.’




How to write a goldfish-proof medical CV summary



Back in 2015 an article in The Telegraph revealed that the average human attention span has decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds in the past fifteen years. In contrast, goldfish are though to have an attention span of around 9 seconds. 


While there may be a range of explanations for this, you need to consider this when you’re applying for your next job as a GP, Practice Nurse or HCA. 


One of the keys to an excellent medical CV is a concise well-crafted summary at the start of the document. The reason it is so important is that it gives the recruiter or consultant assessing your application a quick snapshot of who you are, and where you’re going. Here at Agenda Locum Recruitment, we read over CVs quite quickly, as we look for keywords. As depressing as that seems, after you've spent hours on your CV, that is the reality of a competitive recruitment process. 


We get a lot of questions about what to put on your CV profile, and it’s actually pretty straightforward. Contrary to a somewhat popular belief, it’s not just a space for a career objective, although that is part of it. The conventions for CVs vary from country to country, but if you’re writing a medical CV for a UK employer this is a good guide. 


Think of your CV profile like the abstract of a journal article. You should pretty much just get the gist of the document just by reading that introductory paragraph. 


This should be the structure of your CV profile: 


  • State what your current position is, and how much experience you have had in that position
  • Provide a highlight of specific achievements, interests, projects, or research
  • Say what makes you different to other candidates
  • Give an explanation of what your career objective is
  • A statement about your values and how that aligns with your career


I have been completing advanced anaesthetics training since 2013 as part of the North Hills Network. I have a special interest in paediatrics, and recently completed a research project on XYZ, and was the recipient of the Smith Prize for excellence. I recently completed a volunteer fellowship in neonatal anaesthetics in Canada, which gave me a unique level of experience in the field. It is my intention to specialise in paediatric anaesthetics, with a particular emphasis on XYZ cases. I am passionate about accessible healthcare, and I am committed to spending a significant amount of my time in public cases.


It’s important that you don’t just make it a superlative soup. The reader wants to know genuine information about you in order to make a quick judgement on how to proceed with your application. And, remember, it is a summary, so keep it brief.


Having an attention-grabbing CV profile is one way of making sure your CV goes to the top of the pile for your next job application. If you don’t have a profile on your CV, now is the time to get started! 


Keep in mind that it should evolve with you and your career, and may even change from application to application.


If you need more assistance with your CV, and your career in general, get in touch with one of our expert medical locum recruiters.

Our Medical Portfolio has Grown

Our vast, national database offers fully compliant, ready to go individuals, with excellent references. As we have real time availability it really is a quick, simple and easy process to have one on board. 

Remember that our professionals, with the exception of HCAs, are all VAT exempt, a real saving of 20%. We believe this represents superb value for money

You can book one of our Locums to support you either now or going forward: 

  • ANPs
  • UCPs
  • Practice Nurses
  • HCAs
  • Phlebotomists

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6 Reasons why you should consider locum work




Flexibility and work life balance 

One of the biggest advantages of locum work for most locum doctors is the control over your working life. This can be especially useful if you’re just returning to work from maternity leave, or you enjoy dedicating your time to other interesting, non-clinical pursuits.


Try before you buy 

Locum work can give you the chance to try out different specialties before you commit to a role full time. Use this opportunity to experience as much as possible before deciding on one specialty. 


Competitive pay rates

Locum doctors offer a specialist service and this should be reflected in the rates you receive for your work - especially if you’re willing to pick up extra shifts at the weekend or in the evenings.


More choice of work 

Rather than joining a number of different banks and having to complete lengthy registration checks each time, with a locum agency you can gain access to all these jobs in one place, including overseas locations such as Australia.


One dedicated point of contact 

At Agenda Locum Recruitment, you’ll be assigned a dedicated recruitment consultant with in-depth knowledge of your requirements and availability. No need to go searching for that perfect position, your recruitment consultant will pro-actively look for jobs that suit you and present you with appropriate opportunities.This also means you have one point of contact for all queries.


Keep up to date with new legislation 

It's our job to inform and advise where possible on new government legislation and framework directives, which means you can stay ahead of the curve with minimal effort. We are extremely proud of our compliance team, and they do a great job to keep you in the loop.

Advice for Practices on employers pension contributions

From 1 April 2013, GP practices will take over responsibility for funding employer’s pension contributions for the locums they use which have until now been paid by Primary Care Organisations (PCO).

On top of any locum fees, practices are required to pay the 14% employer’s pension contribution for the period paid for by the practice when the locum GP is contributing to the NHS pension scheme.

Although practice funding is being increased as a result of these changes, the actual employer contribution will be paid through the locum. Locums themselves will be responsible for making the payments to the Area Team at the same time as they pay their employee contributions. The Department of Health has stated that it expects locums to increase their fees as a result.  

This applies to any contracts already agreed with locums for work from April onwards; the locum will add the 14% to any previously agreed charges on their invoice. Legally, the practice is liable to pay the 14%, not the individual partner requiring locum cover. The Pensions Agency has said that they will report any practices refusing to pay the 14% contribution to the Pensions Regulator. Failure to pay could result in legal action.

Please note that the employer’s pension contribution is based on the locum’s pensionable income only, which is 90% of their total fee. The remaining 10% is regarded as covering expenses. Once they have been paid by a practice, the locum must then make the payment to the NHS Commissioning Board; they cannot keep the fee.

Locum GPs who are not part of the NHS pension scheme will not receive the employer’s contributions. The change does not affect locum GPs who work through locum agencies that are not recognised NHS employing authorities and who therefore cannot pension their income. Similarly, individual locums trading as limited companies cannot pension their income.

The change to employer’s pension contributions will not affect the current arrangements for longer term locums. After 6 months of continuous work with a practice, the locum is regarded as a Type 2 Practitioner for the purposes of the pension scheme. The practice then administers and pays their pension contributions as they would for a salaried GP. Locum forms A and B cannot be used in this situation.

The Importance of looking after your own health and well-being


Doctor Well-being


Working in the health sector can be a super tough gig. 


Doctors and nurses know very well that there are particular challenges and stresses unique to the business of keeping humans healthy. The Doctor’s Support Network, a website that caters for the health needs of medical professionals and students, reports that doctors are MORE likely than non doctors to have a mental health problem. These include: 






Bipolar Disorder


Eating Disorders


These stresses in turn place pressures on relationships, family life and life balance. Medical professionals clearly experience similar tensions, worries and obstacles as other professionals, and yet, despite working in the area of healthcare, they are less likely to feel supported and encouraged in looking after their own health. 


A survey by Cardiff University, which consulted almost 2,000 British doctors at various stages of their careers, 60% had experienced mental illness (the figure is 82% among doctors working in England). What’s more, most of those struggling had not sought help. It is obvious with regard to doctors’ health, both physical and mental, that support is needed and a change in workplace culture is necessary. 


So what can doctors and medical professionals do to improve and prioritise their personal health?


Helpful suggestions include the importance for medical professionals to have their own independent GP. Establishing a relationship with another trusted doctor ensures the delivery of evidence-based preventative care. Within this space a documented history can be created and the opportunity for health promotion discussions becomes available. Too often doctors rely on ad-hoc ‘corridor consultations’ with colleagues, which is not a practise that can adequately address serious health concerns. Having an independent GP often facilitates access to the healthcare system that many doctors (as patients) describe as being difficult.


To overcome some of the difficulties doctors face in accessing healthcare the BMA have developed advisory services providing information and links to resources for medical professionals throughout the UK. Other services including the Doctors’ Support Network and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  are dedicated to improving the health of doctors, medical students and primary care professionals. 


If you are suffer from any of the health problems itemised in the bullet-point list above, or know of someone who is, then these resources are well worth checking out. For those looking to improve the health of their own practice or workplace, encourage your colleagues to seek out and regularly check in with their own independent GP. Value the notion of doctors taking care of their own health. Model this behaviour yourself, particularly if you are in contact with junior doctors. A simple sentence like, “Sorry I’m late, I’ve just been to the doctor.” can go a long way to changing the culture and attitudes of a practice.


Medicine is a tough gig, and we need to take care of one another.


If you wish to discuss you current locum placement or further locum opportunities, know that Agenda Medical Recruitment is always keen to support you.

The GP Life in Australia

Australia offers fantastic opportunities for GPs wanting to work and live there. With greater clinical freedom and a higher potential earnings than in the UK, as well as a better work life balance, we can certainly see the benefits.
Here at Agenda Medical Locums, we recently secured a contract to find high calibre GPs for a number of surgeries on the West Coast of Australia. So what are the benefits of practising down under? And what do GPs need to know before they decide to make the move?
Similar practice 
In terms of clinical work, there really isn't much difference to the UK. The types of cases are similar, and there’s more clinical freedom with regards to prescribing and making referrals. You’ll see your paperwork decrease; there’s significantly less in comparison with the UK. And the workload is much less intense. A standard day is usually 8 hours seeing about 40-50 patients per day. 
Sounding good yet?…
General Practice Funding 
One major difference - doctors charge patients a fee. Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare, offers Australian citizens and permanent residents rebates for services provided to them by healthcare professionals with a Medicare provider number. GPs can directly charge Medicare on behalf of patients, and this known as bulk billing. Most GPs offer mixed billing, where some may be bulk billed and others privately billed. All the practices we work with in Australia are bulk billing at 70%.
After hours and weekends aren’t mandatory but one thing to bear in mind is that the volume of patients seen will heavily influence earning potential. On the west coast, GPs can expect to make about $2000 per day after about 3 months on a regular basis.
The surgeries we have positions for can allow a GP to work on a 2 month basis. And they will offer up to $300 a week towards accommodation, making something like the below affordable. 

Still interested?
Let us help you find the right practice for you and navigate the paperwork. 

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Tenders for APMS services in Bedfordshire

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