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New GP Locum Pool Created


Taurus Healthcare, on behalf of Herefordshire General Practice, has created the first of three General Practice workforce pools.

This is a part of an NHS England initiative to develop models that facilitate engagement between PCNS and GPs who want to work flexibly. The service will enable vacancies to be fulfilled using easy-to-follow mechanisms. The Pool will provide a long term sustainable infrastructure that offers benefits to both the PCNs and General Practitioners.

The first phase will facilitate access to a pool of Locum GPs and offers a range of benefits for both Locums and Practices:

  • Flexible working to pick up a range of work across 24/7 General Practice
  • Single recruitment process carried out by Taurus Healthcare on behalf of our PCN partners which includes on-going compliancy and HR functions
  • Swift session request process managed by a dedicated Pool Coordinator
  • Locum Peer Group Support and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) via the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Training Hub to support individual CPD requirements, including mentorship, action learning sets and peer support managed by a Locum Champion
  • Local information pack to support GPs to become effective clinicians in the Herefordshire system
  • Locum 1-2-1 financial relationship between the Practice and Locum, retaining the ability to negotiate pay rates
  • Retain Locum independence but take advantage of the training, CPD and Herefordshire ‘HR Passport’.

Phase 2 of the programme is expected to be rolled out in April/May 2021 and will provide a flexible, salaried GP Pool. This will allow access to a bank of salaried GPs via a Medical Services Contract, with all the above benefits and those for a salaried position. This will be supplied as a service matched to requirements where the financial relationship is between the practice and GP Federation.

The final Phase 3 of the programme will build additional pools, for example, for access to nurses and non-clinical/administrative roles.