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05-12-2010 | General practice | Article

Sessional GPs primed to lead consortia

Abstract

BMA GPC guidance - Sessional GPs: GP Commissioning and impact of the NHS White Paper

Sessional GPs will be well placed to take on leadership roles in newly forming consortia, the British Medical Association's GPs Committee (GPC) says.

In latest guidance on the health White Paper, the GPC says it would 'strongly encourage' sessional GPs to consider putting themselves forward for a leadership role.

It reasons that locums have often worked in a large number of practices within a consortium area or across consortia, and therefore have a 'unique understanding' of serving the local patient population and how different practices work.

Furthermore, the guidance says: "Many sessional GPs have taken on a large portfolio of different roles within their careers and have acquired transferable management and leadership skills from doing so; these skills would be invaluable in taking a lead role within a consortium."

The GPC also stresses that, even for those sessional GPs who will not be interested in leading, mechanisms should be put in place for them to influence consortia decisions.

Noting that it has already published guidance on developing and electing a transitional leadership, the GPC underlines that GPs' local medical committees are the first point of contact for sessional GPs wanting to get involved in plans for their area.

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