We are working with local federations to create senior fellowships, providing funded time for senior GPs to work on projects broadly relating to supporting and developing our workforce.
There are two main aims of the fellowships. Firstly they will provide an opportunity for senior colleagues to share their skills, experience and enthusiasm to enable them to ‘give back’, create a legacy and improve career satisfaction towards the end of their working life. Secondly the fellowships provide an innovative and coordinated way of capturing and disseminating the highly valuable knowledge and experience that senior career GPs have towards the end of their careers, that otherwise might have been lost. Learning from all projects will be shared across federations and wider systems.
Overview of fellowships from 2022 and 2023
Fellowship 1: A project based on capturing and documenting workforce support, development and lessons learnt for sustainability in a federation run/led practice.
Fellowship 2: To provide, develop & define the requirements of a clinical leader role within a NCGPA salaried GMS practice. To understand the gaps in provision of such a service by understanding the provision needs. The support, clinical supervision and mentoring for other less experienced clinicians including the ARRS workforce.
Fellowship 3: To develop a route map for the establishment of hubs for provision of both patient care and workforce educational need for various cohorts of complex/vulnerable patients. This may initially be developed for one such cohort such as Severe Multiple Disadvantage (SMD). These hubs will play a major role in supporting the workforce in order to provide the guidance that the clinician will benefit from ensuring that they be confident in their performance thus building self-esteem.
Fellowship 4: The development of the Rushcliffe PCN Mental Health Practitioner Service. Provision of clinical support/mentoring to the new mental health practitioners, helping embed the role into primary care, setting up referral pathways and developing a blueprint to grow the service across the region, support GPs on the ground and improve patient care.
Fellowship 5: Development and mentorship of salaried GPs within a partner led large GP practice. Upskilling senior GPs and managers to provide mentoring of primary care staff.
Fellowship 6: Improving the interface between primary-secondary care on behalf of City and South Place-based Partnerships, building on work already done and in progress, by the PBPs. Working with the mental health trust to support clinicians to provide medical certificates and ECGs to improve patient care and reduce GP workload.
Fellowship 7: Streamlining of service provision for patients referred with menopause issues, providing advice and guidance where appropriate to improve patient care and make recommendations for a future fit for purpose menopause related patient pathway. Review of menopause referrals into PICS community gynaecology service, looking at numbers and referral patterns, to provide information that can be used to assess educational/training needs in menopause for local GP practices and PICS gynaecology clinicians, thereby supporting the local workforce.
Fellowship 8: To gain reaccreditation as a registered trainer for the Faculty of Sexual and reproductive health with a view to training GPs interested in providing LARCs and to support and develop LARC provision in NCGPA (Nottingham City GP Alliance) practices.