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Primary Care Training Hub

  • Leaving General Practice Support

    Have you recently left general practice?

    Are you planning to leave a GP role in the near future or planning a move out of Dorset?

    We would like to offer you the opportunity to have a conversation with a supportive colleague from the Primary Care Training Hub.

    This is not intended to try and influence your decision or change your mind in anyway!

    Rather, it is to help us understand reasons for leaving general practice at this time and offer any help or support with your future plans.

    You would be adding your voice to an important piece of work seeking to understand why GPs are leaving the profession and/ or the local area, which will help shape how we can support the workforce of the future.

    For more information please contact us at traininghub@ourdorset.nhs.uk

  • Recruitment campaigns and events

    We recognise it is very difficult to find experienced administrators with primary care or even healthcare experience and as a response the Our Dorset Workforce Delivery Team are launching a new General Practice Admin Recruitment campaign to tackle the shortage of admin staff across Dorset ICS. We are therefore proposing a solution that enables us to tap into a wider pool of potential workforce by providing an enhanced induction designed to get applicants to the point where they can “hit the ground running” as they commence their new role in primary care.

    We are inviting 25+ applicants to join phase 1, a 5-week placement commencing  17 January 2022 which includes enhanced training and learning along with an NHS induction programme and Primary Care work shadowing. Towards the end of the phase 1 placement, candidates will be supported to apply to a range of administrative vacancies within GP Practices across Dorset, including Bournemouth, Poole and Blandford (full & less than full time opportunities available). Those that are successful will be offered a 12-month fixed-term contract (phase 2) which will include ongoing monthly education/reflection sessions .

    Phase 1 commitment will be Monday-Friday approximately 9:30am – 3pm for 5 consecutive weeks. The course will be delivered virtually and face-to-face, blended with job shadowing within local GP practices. The training will include a combination of NHS/Primary Care modules and core administration skills.

    There will be a variety of administrative vacancies available for candidates to apply for with an estimated pay £9.29ph / £18K + per annum plus generous annual leave entitlement and an NHS pension.

    This opportunity is open to all ages and no healthcare experience necessary. Access to transport is desirable and you must be fully vaccinated. We also require you to consent to a DBS check and provide proof of right to live and work in the UK.

    If you would like to find out more, we are running a free webinar on Thursday 16 December at 11:30. You can sign up here.

    If you would like to apply to this placement programme, please complete the Expression of Interest form by 31 December 2021. Successful candidates will be notified around 10th January 2022 for a start date of 17th January.

  • Trust Temps

    Temporary Recruitment – Trust Temps

    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 Training Hub is funding 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

    Medical Secretary

    Hourly rates are in line with Agenda for Change pay bands appropriate for the role.

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

  • New to Practice Framework

    Locally, in line with our NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, we have developed a New to Practice Framework in order to maximise the opportunity presented through the national programmes and to ensure we meet local needs. The purpose of the Framework is to ensure support is offered to all new roles and all newly qualified professionals starting work in general practice and help them thrive in their new role.

    To support the successful implementation of the framework and with recruitment in general, we have created a set of resources and will continue to find and develop helpful resources and add them here:

    In addition, if you are planning to recruit to the new funded roles under the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) you will find information against those roles here. We are regularly adding resources such as examples of adverts, Job Descriptions and Person Specifications under each role.

  • International Recruitment

    The new points-based immigration system, and the various visa routes that enable skilled overseas professionals to enter the UK, can be confusing and appear a little daunting.

    To help you better understand the complexities of immigration rules, please see NHS Employers’ updated suite of quick guides. The guides detail:

    • how to become a sponsor
    • how to apply for a defined or undefined certificate of sponsorship (CoS)
    • details on the health and care visa
    • which route to use for a certain profession

    Further information

    Further information is available on the NHS Employers’ international recruitment web pages.

    NHS England and Improvement have asked that any impacted doctors contact england.intrecruitment@nhs.net and they will put you in touch with regional colleagues who may be able to assist.

    From an immigration perspective, please direct individual BMA members to the Immigration advice service so they can get free basic legal advice on their case.

  • Retention

    The collation and analysis of workforce data helps us to develop new initiatives and opportunities for our valued colleagues across Dorset ICS.  Part of our work has focused on the development of a set of ‘Guiding Principles’ to help retain and recruit staff, especially those in priority roles.  Further to this we are currently collaborating with colleagues across the ICS to design and implement support for managers, career planning and an impartial career support service.  More information will be posted here as the design work is completed.

  • Advertising Vacancies

    We provide a platform for all Primary Care Networks and Practices to advertise any workforce vacancies free of charge.  Previously this has been through the Doorway to Dorset website and now we are pleased to confirm that we will be using the Join Our Dorset website, which has a higher number of visitors and is where all Dorset focused recruitment campaigns are directed towards.

    To advertise your vacancies please provide details of the vacancies to our team via traininghub@ourdorset.nhs.uk.

  • Career Flex

    To aid with retention and recruitment, our Career Flex service provides support with setting up portfolio careers and flexible working for all primary care colleagues.  When paired with education and coaching/supervision, our portfolio support can also help develop accredited specialist interest roles.  Examples include GPwER (GP with Extended Role) Dermatology.

    To find out more please contact us at traininghub@ourdorset.nhs.uk

  • GP Return to Work Programme

    To support GPs who have been away from work for an extended period of time such as maternity leave, shared parental leave or illness, we have developed a one-day programme providing CPD and simulated patient consultations.  We understand the importance of rebuilding confidence when returning to work and each simulated consultation is supported with feedback and coaching from an experienced GP Educator.

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    To see available dates and book a place please visit our CPD and Training calendar.

  • Education Alliance and Cornerstone Employer

    Working in collaboration with the Our Dorset Workforce Delivery Team, we have established an Education Alliance with representatives for local schools, colleges and universities as well as bodies such as Young Chamber Dorset & The Careers and Enterprise Company.  The Education Alliance focuses on the following areas:

    • Inspiring students about careers in health and care
    • Work experience
    • Provides a database of NHS careers ambassadors to support our engagement with schools
    • Developing education for tomorrow’s workforce

    Working in collaboration with The Careers & Enterprise Company we have established the NHS in Dorset as a Cornerstone Employer focusing on building talent pipelines for the local health system, sharing best practice with other Cornerstone Employers and being an ambassador and champion for social mobility.

  • The GP Retention Scheme is a package of financial and educational support to help doctors, who might otherwise leave the profession, remain in clinical general practice.

    The scheme is aimed at doctors who are seriously considering leaving or have left general practice due to personal reasons (caring responsibilities or personal illness), approaching retirement or requiring greater flexibility. The scheme supports both the retained GP and the practice employing them by offering financial support in recognition of the fact that this role is different to a ‘regular’ part-time, salaried GP post, offering greater flexibility and educational support.

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  • Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), we have been able to identify a number of properties within Dorset that can be used as affordable housing to support those wishing to relocate to Dorset and work in our Health and Care services.  Primary Care Networks & Practices alike are able to take advantage of these opportunities to aid with recruitment outside of the county.

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