Primary Care Training Hub
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:
- Writing adverts – How to write a great job advert
- How to conduct virtual interviews – Recruitment support for PCNs
- How to conduct virtual interviews – Recruitment support for candidates
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.
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 is available on the NHS Employers’ international recruitment web pages.
NHS England and Improvement have asked that any impacted doctors contact email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Recruitment campaigns and events
Responding to local priorities, the Our Dorset Workforce Delivery Team have run successful digital recruitment campaigns that have had demonstrable impact by increasing interest and applications. We will ensure that PCNs and practices are aware of and linked into all relevant recruitment campaigns and we will work with PCNs and practices to identify areas where campaigns may be required.
In addition to the recruitment campaigns, we attend, support and run a large range of recruitment events in collaboration with NHS and Social Care partners. This includes specific events with the Armed Forces, local Job Centres, Colleges and Universities showcasing clinical and non-clinical opportunities and career pathways in primary care. To support the events, we have an ever growing team of careers ambassadors who give their time to talk at the events and network with people interest in joining the NHS. We are always on the look out for more ambassadors.
If you have a specific recruitment challenge, please get in touch with our team as we may be able to help.
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.Click here to find out more >>
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.Click here to find out more >>
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01202 277152.