Arranging a proper induction is good practice to ensure safety and will ultimately reduce the number of queries saving time all round.
Building/out and about
Keycodes for doors/FOB/car park pass
Satnav – ensure this is working to save time and stress
Emergency bag/equipment – where to locate it and what is in it
Emergency telephone number for the practice – e.g. if running late/off sick to avoid having to go through reception
List of internal and external phone numbers including acute care numbers and language line code
Equipment – check the clinical equipment you have and need is working and PAT testing is up to date!
See IT/computer tips for more specific advice
Policies and procedures
Every practice does things differently, and things change quickly. As well as reading the usual policies and procedures ask for an induction/locum pack. If this is not available, try to familiarise yourself with the following:
Any major changes in practice or new local pathways since being off
Referrals – 2 week waits, routine and changes in forms etc.
Letters and coding
Results – procedure for actioning and buddying
Tasks – secretaries, reception/admin, who deals with what
QOF – reminder of how to access templates and update on changes
How the practice communicates with each other – ensure you are on the mailing lists for appropriate email/notifications
Documents to consider having ready
ID – passport/driving licence, proof of address.
Original GMC certificate
Proof of recent DBS check (number if available)
Letter of being on a Performers List
Original Primary Degree Certificate and qualifications