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Welcome to our page for Practice Managers!

This page provides information about initiatives that offer support and development to practice managers.

  • If you are looking to access training for your staff in general practice, our calendar of CPD, education and training events pulls together all sessions available for them in Dorset and provides important information about the event and how to book your place.

    To access our CPD calendar please follow the link below.

    Click here to find out more >>
  • We offer a lot of support to practices needing to recruit.  Our Doorway to Dorset site provides a place for all vacancies in primary care in Dorset to be advertised for free while promoting Dorset as the wonderful place to live and work that it is.

    Our resources and publications page hosts a range of guides showcasing the different professionals, such as pharmacists and paramedics, who can make up a multidisciplinary team within general practice delivering high quality services to patients and potentially take pressure off GP’s.  Our guides explain the benefits these professionals can offer, the research that has been undertaken to identify the benefits and they provide tips on how to recruit.

    In addition to this we also offer support with temporary or short term recruitment through our locum chambers, Trust Temps and MSK Practitioner bank.

    For more information please visit our recruitment support page – link to recruitment support page.

    Click here to find out more >>
  • Locum Hub

    The GP Locum Hub has changed to the new ‘Our Dorset Passport’ in order make advertising sessional work in Dorset even easier. We are very excited to announce that the new ‘Our Dorset Passport’ will be powered by Lantum.

    What is the Our Dorset Passport?

    Our Dorset Passport is a staffing platform that allows you to:

    • access a wider bank of clinicians
    • advertise your sessions requiring cover
    • send available sessions to your own list of preferred clinicians
    • meet new clinicians
    • perform compliance checks
    • Process locum invoices effortlessly
    • automate pensions, with AutoSign functionality

    Click here to register on the Our Dorset Passport >>

  • Trust Temps

    Temporary Recruitment – Trust Temps

    Working within Primary Care

    Do you use temporary administration staff? Is it hard to find good people and is time consuming?

    Answer:  Sign up to be part of the Dorset HealthCare bank administration system; Trust Temps.

    The Primary Care Workforce Centre is funding, until March 2017, the cost of accessing the Dorset HealthCare bank administration system for practices in Dorset.

    The Bank Staff

    • Receptionists, administrators, medical secretaries
    • They will have been fully interviewed and had all their recruitment checks completed
    • They will have completed all their statutory and mandatory training
    • We are also working to ensure they will be fully trained in using system 1

    Roles Available

    Receptionist £11.37 p/hour
    Administrator £12.68 p/hour
    Medical Secretary £14.81 p/hour

    Do you want to use a Trust Temp? Please contact trust.temps@dhuft.nhs.uk or on 01202 277152.

  • MSK Practitioner Bank


    Are you interested in exploring new roles within your practice to address your increasing demands?

    With over 30% of GP consultations relating to musculoskeletal conditions; an MSK Practitioner role might be the right option for your practice.

    The benefits of an MSK practitioner to your practice include:-

    • Hourly costs at a lower rate than GP salary
    • 15-40% fewer referrals made to secondary care
    • 99% conversion rate to operative intervention
    • 98% of red flags are accurately assessed by MSK practitioners
    • Reduction in unrequired investigations


    In Dorset, with four large providers of Physiotherapy services (three Hospital Trusts and Dorset HealthCare) and numerous independent providers it can be confusing as to where to turn for your MSK practitioner. Taking on an MSK practitioner supported by a larger team can provide the governance that you seek.

    MSK Practitioners may have differing skill sets and therefore we will work with you dependent on your needs. For example you may require a practitioners who

    • Is able to undertake peripheral steroid injections
    • Is a non-medical prescriber
    • Can refer for a full set of diagnostics investigations, including MRI, where appropriate
    • Is able to ‘direct list’ for certain orthopaedic conditions, where appropriate
    • has a special interest areas such as back/pain management

    NHS providers in Dorset will offer you a practitioner based on your service needs. Hourly rates may differ based on the full extent of clinicians skills, however it might be helpful to advise that the NHS Trusts in Dorset have agreed to the same pricing structure such that you should not feel the need to ‘shop around’ for a better deal

    Price Range of between £42-£54 per hour

    In all cases, you will be provided with an experienced advanced practice physiotherapist who has at least five years musculoskeletal experience, who is an autonomous practitioner who can think on their feet.

    Please contact us for more information or email dhc.bank@nhs.net.

  • An important part of the work we do is to engage with school students and enthuse them about careers in medicine and careers in healthcare. We do this in a number of different ways and often need the support from local Practice Managers with activity in the local community.

    To find out more about what we do, how you can get involved and how we can support you, please visit our schools page.

    Click here to find out more >>
  • Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships offer an exciting opportunity to help employers recruit and develop new staff and support the development and progression of existing staff.

    Since the introduction of the new Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, apprenticeships have been undergoing an overhaul and we are now seeing qualifications such as the Registered Nurse Degree being converted into apprenticeships. Smaller employers (those who pay less than £3 million per annum in staff salaries) will be able to use Government funding to fund up to 90% of the costs of these apprenticeships and larger employers will be able to use their Apprenticeship Levy funds.

    Find out more about apprenticeships in Primary Care here: HEE Apprenticeship Booklet

    Alternatively, contact us to discuss how apprenticeships could be used to support your organisation.