Practice Managers Handbook

The Practice Managers Handbook contains a variety of important information which you need to consider when there are trainees based in the practice.

This is regularly updated ready for the new intake of trainees so please check to ensure you have the most up to date version.

If you think there is anything missing from the handbook which you would find useful please email Sarah Anderson

 

Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education

Information Pack for General Practice Training Practice Managers

July 2018

General Terms and Conditions for GP Specialty Trainee Registrars 
Sickness, Maternity and Paternity Leave
 
Absence from Training 
Study Leave
Getting Started
Notification of Change in Circumstances 
Revalidation for Trainees 
Trainer Approval and Re-approval Visits 
Trainees in Difficulty
Delivering the Curriculum
The Educational Supervisor (ES)
Training Programme Directors (TPDs) 
Useful Information – Guidelines, Policies and Procedures
A Guide to Training – The Gold Guide
Payments
Policies and Guidelines
Staff Contact Details
Other Useful Contacts
Lead Employer
MDDUS – Medical Indemnity
General Medical Council (GMC)
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
The British Medical Association (BMA)

General Terms and Conditions for GP Specialty Trainee Registrars

Contracts, Terms and Conditions

Doctors on rotations in their Specialty Training (ST) 1 or ST2 year will have a 6 month attachment to a training practice. In the ST3 year the practice placement will be 12 months. From 01.04.2017 all new trainee placements will hold their employment contracts with the Peninsula Post Graduate Medical Education, School of Primary Care’s Lead Employers, within the appropriate acute trust. For all contractual or employment-related issues, please contact your Lead Employer; details and contact information can be found here

Sickness, Maternity and Paternity Leave

Trainees must notify their Lead Employer on the first day of sickness, and submit the appropriate documentation (self-certificate, fit note), in a timely manner.

The trainee should notify their Lead Employer of any change in circumstances using the GP Trainee Change of Circumstance form.  On completion the form should be sent to their local Programme Administrator as detailed on the form.

For trainees who are returning from a prolonged period of absence, for example due to sick leave or maternity leave, and are near the end of their training the following points need to be considered:

  • All doctors returning to training from a prolonged period of absence greater than 12 months (exactly 12 months is acceptable) in total wishing to apply for their CCT would be expected to have a minimum period in clinical practice to allow adequate time for the Educational Supervisor (ES) to assess the doctors competencies before a recommendation for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) will be made.
  • This period might usually be of three months duration. In certain circumstances the School of Primary Care may be required to provide additional funding for an extension.
  • Trainees must be reminded that annual leave accrued during sickness or maternity leave (for which they get paid) may put their absence from training over the maximum 12 month period away from Clinical Practice and require them to have an extension before a recommendation for a CCT will be made.
  • For any absence periods of 12 months or less, if the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) panel decides that there is sufficient evidence to confirm that the trainee has gained all the required competences for the completion of training (which includes their own review of the trainees ePortfolio as well as the results of the ES report) and all other Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) components have been passed, then a successful completion of training has been achieved.

Absence from Training

Full details of the deanery's absence from training policy can be found here

The Practice Manager is asked to inform the relevant Lead Employer, on a monthly basis, of all trainees' periods of absence including annual leave/study leave.

Study Leave

Full details of study leave and appropriate forms can be found here

Getting Started

Medical Indemnity Provision for Trainees

Information about bulk provision of indemnity cover is available here

Notification of Change in Circumstances

It is important that the School of Primary Care maintains accurate information about trainees. Trainees should inform the local patch administrator and the Lead Employer of any change of circumstances that will affect the records we keep. This includes:

  • Change of name
  • Change of address
  • Change of email 
  • Change of telephone number
  • Maternity Leave
  • Change of post start or end date
  • Change to percentage of working

Changes need to be notified using the GP Trainee Change of Circumstance form.  Once completed, the form should be sent to their local Programme Administrator as detailed on the form.

Revalidation for Trainees

Information regarding Revalidation can be found here

Performers List

Information regarding the Performers List process can be found here

Trainer Approval and Re-approval Visits

Information regarding the process for approval and reapproval of GP Trainers can be found here

Trainees in Difficulty

For information about supporting trainees in difficulty, please contact your Patch education team in the first instance.

Information about the resources available to support trainees can be found here

Delivering the Curriculum

The Educational Supervisor (ES)

Supervising and supporting GPSTs throughout the three year programme is a role of the trainee's ES and they will have an overview of progress throughout the training programme. The ES will contact the trainee at the start of their three year programme to arrange a face to face meeting. This meeting must take place within six weeks of the trainee starting on the programme. Whilst the trainee is in hospital placements, the ES will meet with them in January and June ready for their six month reviews and ARCP panels. The ES generally remains with the trainee for their first two years in training before they move practice, and ES, for their final third year.

Training Programme Directors (TPDs)

The TPDs' role over the three years is to facilitate small groups and learning activities appropriate to a small group setting. These small groups will be based in the local Postgraduate Centres within the hospital. The TPDs also help arrange the trainees’ placements and are a first point of call for trainees if they have any issues.

Useful Information – Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

A Guide to Training – The Gold Guide

The Gold Guide explains arrangement for Specialty Training programmes within the United Kingdom. You can access it via this website if you would like more information.

Payments

Information relating to payments to practices can be found here

Policies and Guidelines

Additional policies and guidelines applicable to GP trainees can be found here

Staff Contact Details

Contact details for the School of Primary Care admin team, senior and local education teams can be found here

Other useful contacts

Lead Employer

With effect from 1st April 2017 the Lead Employer for GP Trainees will be the relevant Acute Hospital Trust for the VTS Scheme they are attending. Click here for contact information.

MDDUS – Medical Indemnity

MDDUS
Macintosh House
120 Blythswood Street
Glasgow
G2 4EA
Contact Email: gainslie@mddus.com
Contact number: 0141 2281272

General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC is the body responsible for postgraduate medical education and training. The website is full of useful information for GPSTs:

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The RCGP leads on all aspects of GP training across the UK through providing guidance and running the GP assessments. They can provide information on the assessments a GPST is required to complete during their training and can also help with any problems with the ePortfolio.

The British Medical Association (BMA)

The BMA can provide guidance on a number of issues regarding trainees, such as contract etc.

  • Main telephone – 020 7387 4499

For BMA members who require new employment advice and information queries, there are a number of other contact details: