Welcome

If you're a GP who's new to Camden, this is a good place to start. You'll find a brief introduction to the borough and its health priorities and you'll be pointed in the right direction for information on pay, appraisals, tax, revalidation, the regulatory bodies you need to have contact with, and the myriad other non-clinical topics that will concern you as a Camden GP, whether you're on a temporary contract, a locum, or starting a permanent GP post.


Camden people: the challenges

At a population level, challenges include an 11.6 year mortality gap in men between the most deprived and least deprived parts of the borough, the second highest incidence of serious mental illness in the country, poor outcomes in our under-fives and demographic changes that will see a rise of 35% in our over 85 population by 2017. Camden CCG has the second highest per capita spend across London CCGs and the highest spend on acute services and mental health services in the capital.


Camden: the home of innovation

The CCG clinical leads, who are also GPs, are working with their colleagues to transform and integrate care across the whole health and social care local system, with a strong focus on prevention and identification of those at risk and the importance of the wider determinants of health. For example, our Frail and Elderly Programme was shortlisted in the primary care category of the BMJ Awards. If you have a patient with complex needs arising from frailty, they may benefit from a comprehensive assessment produced by a programme GP and a Complex Care Nurse.The outcome will be a care plan that brings together your patient's clinical, psychological, social and other needs due to frailty. For more complex cases, there is the Frailty MDT which will discuss your patients needs, devise a care plan and add it to EMIS.

Similarly, since summer 2015 our Diabetes Integrated Care Service has brought together all current providers of diabetes services to be responsible for every patient aged over 18 years with diabetes registered to a Camden GP. If you think a patient could benefit from a referral to one of the service specialists, you can make a referral via e-Referral (Choose & Book) to CCAS.

For an overview of Camden services and progress to date, read the Camden Story.


Camden CCG: priorities and objectives

Find out more about the work of the CCG here and see how it supports your work as a clinician. You can read about its five health programmes, catch up on policy issues such as joint co-commissioning with NHS England, read the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and browse through CCG Board papers.


The GP website

Elsewhere on this website, you'll find everything you need to know about Camden services, key clinical topics, how to refer, service eligibility criteria, contact details, relevant Camden Education events and webinars, and the latest news. Its content is written specifically for Camden GPs and is designed to be topical, concise and timely. The website provides you with the easy-access information you need when you're in your consulting room, but much more besides: it's a source of CPD and a place to update and extend your clinical interests.


Appraisal

All GPs in Camden need to have an annual appraisal with a Camden appraiser and you must have an annual appraisal in order to remain on the GP Performers list. For more information, see the Camden GP Appraisal page.

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Camden LMC

The Local Medical Committee (LMC) is an elected body established through statute which represents the interests of local NHS GPs and their teams. Londonwide LMCs is the umbrella body for 24 local medical committees across the capital of which Camden LMC is one.

The LMC meets on the third Tuesday of every even month. Meetings are split into two parts. Part one is for LMC members only and takes place from 1.45pm to 3.00pm. Part two includes borough representatives and takes place from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. For dates and venues, see here.

Camden LMC Committee Members

Chair: Dr Claire Chalmers-Watson, Parliament Hill Surgery, 113-117 Highgate Road, London NW5 1TR

Vice-Chair: tbc

LMC Members:

Dr Archana (Tina) Agrawal, Dr Claire Chalmers-Watson, Dr Jane Lim, Dr Abanti Paul, Dr Kevin Ritchie, Dr Philip Taylor, Dr Stephen Yaxley

Co-opted tbc, Practice manager representative: Mairead Roche

Further information

If you have any queries about Camden LMC, email:  joni.wilson-kaye@lmc.org.uk or telephone 020 7387 2034 x 262.

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CPD

Camden CCG runs an extensive Education Programme for Camden GPs: see the GP website for details of forthcoming events, together with a video library of former presentations.

Sign up for the Camden GP Website's 'What's New' email for links to guidance documents, new videos, and updated Camden service pages: contact us and we'll add you to the mailing list.

External resources you may find useful include:

BMJ Learning: a range of modules accessible with an Athens login
Athens: register for and access nationally funded online resources
NHS Evidence: large national database of clinical evidence and resources
NoCLoR Research: information on NoCLoR (North Central London Research Consortium)

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Jobs

The Camden GP Website routinely advertises GP jobs and other relevant employment opportunities for Camden doctors here.

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Locum finances

You should consider employing an accountant if you're working as a locum, especially for the first time. You will need to know how much to save for tax and what receipts to keep of tax-deductable income.

Look at the pensions section for details of how to pay into your NHS pension.

To register as self employed for tax purposes, click here

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London Deanery

The London Deanery is responsible for postgraduate medical training in London. Key schemes for GPs provided by the Deanery include:

  • Courses and Conferences both for GP trainees and trainers, as well as a range of conferences. Further information can be found here.
  • A confidential mentoring and coaching scheme which is free for trainees, registrars and the first two years post qualification. The scheme is also funded for anyone on a CCG or in a new leadership position (small or large) and for senior educationalists.
    t: 020 7866 3242 
    e: mentoring@londondeanery.ac.uk
  • The GP Retainer Scheme is designed to assist doctors who, during a specific time in their careers, can only undertake a small amount of paid professional work (e.g. parents of young children) to keep in touch with general practice, retain their skills and progress their careers, with a view to returning to NHS general practice in the future. Those with illness may also be eligible.

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NHSmail

Registration

To register on for an NHS.net account please contact the Camden GP IT Helpdesk on e: camden.gpit@nhs.net or t: 020 3688 1881

To access your account go to www.nhs.net

Benefits of an NHS.net account

  • An easy-to use-email service based on Outlook Web Access
  • Secure enough to exchange sensitive information, including patient identifiable information, with other NHSmail users
  • Access the service via computer or mobile device, using a web browser or email programme (e.g. Outlook)
  • Keep the same email address for the duration of your career in the NHS.

Problems with your nhs.net account

Contact the Camden GP IT Helpdesk on e: camden.gpit@nhs.net or t: 020 3688 1881

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Occupational Health Service

Camden's Occupational Health Service is hosted by Central and North West London Foundation Trust.

If you’re an employer, the service can advise you on:

  • fulfilling your duty of care to your staff
  • boosting morale and productivity by promoting a safe healthy workplace

If you’re an employee, the service can help you to:

  • stay fit and protects your health at work, including working with sharps (see procedure booklet and poster)
  • handle illness or disability with minimum effects on your health and performance at work
  • staff updates including updating recommended employee vaccinations
  • seasonal flu vaccination
  • pre-employment and new entrant screening

More information found at http://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/cnwl-occupational-health-service

Contact CNWL Occupational Health Service
Ground Floor, South Wing
St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way
London NW1 0PE

t: 020 3317 3350
f: 020 3317 3360
e: occupationalhealthcnwl@nhs.net

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Pensions

The NHS Pension Scheme changed on 1 April 2015 - click here for more information

Important information has been circulated in June 2017 regarding GPs and locums relating to payments and pensions administration

PCSE Customer Support Centre

Primary Care Support England, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN

pcse.enquiries@nhs.net | 0333 014 2884

Pensions information for salaried GPs

Salaried GPs must complete the Type 2 assessment form before the 28 February each year. These can be found on the Pension Scheme Forms page of the NHS pensions website

This includes GPs employed by a GP practice, CCG, APMS (NHS) contractor or solely for an NHS Out of Hours provider.

See letter for further explanation. 

Pensions information for locum GPs

  1. Each time you invoice a practice you should also give them a form GP Locum A to sign/stamp. You need this form to claim pension on this income.

  2. Calculate what percentage pension contribution (Tier) you should be paying based on your estimated NHS income at the beginning of the financial year (1 April onwards) and whether you have purchased added years (refer to notes for form GP Locum B). A factsheet on the various tier bands for GP Practitioners is available - Contribution rates for 2012-13

  3. Every month in which you are paid you should fill in a locum GP form B for all the work paid in that month. The Locum B form totals what you have been paid in that month, and the total contribution you need to pay to claim it as pensionable.

If you are registered on the Performers List of Camden CCG (or Islington, Enfield, Haringey or Barnet), you need to send a cheque for your pension contribution with this form, payable to ‘The NHS Commissioning Board'. Locum GPs post forms to Primary Care Support England, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN. Submit all individual form As with this form B as evidence of payment.

If you are registered on the Medical Performers List of another CCG, you should forward your paperwork, with your cheque, to that CCG, on whose performers list you were registered at the time you did the Locum work.

Regularly review the Locum section of the NHS Pension website as this has the current scheme regulations.

You can download the up-to-date version of the locum A and B forms from: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/

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Perfomers List

All GPs must be registered on the Performers List to work in Camden.
Contacts:
e: pcse.performerlists@nhs.net
Customer care support centre: t: 0333 014 2884

 

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Research opportunities

For more on how Camden GPs can get involved in research, see here.

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Revalidation

In 2009, the GMC introduced licenses for practising doctors in the UK. Since 2012, these licenses must be renewed every five years through revalidation.

Finding out about revalidation

A useful 30-minute overview of the revalidation process in primary care is available on the BMJ Learning site:

BMJ Learning podcast | Revalidation in primary care (requires free registration on the BMJ site)

The Royal College of General Practitioners provides, among other resources, FAQs with the key information about revalidating your licence.

FAQs about revalidation: information from the RCGP (PDF)

Five key things to do now!

The RCGP advises five things you can be doing now to get ready for your revalidation:

  1. Ensure that you know your responsible officer – if not, the GMC Online help tool that will help you connect with your designated body
  2. Ensure that your annual appraisals are properly conducted
  3. Register with and use the RCGP Revalidation ePortfolio or equivalent for your appraisals
  4. If you haven’t participated in a Patient or Colleague Feedback survey in the past three years, plan to do them
  5. If you haven’t completed a full cycle clinical audit in the past three years, plan to do one

Additional GP revalidation resources

There are lots of other web sites and tools to help with your revalidation:

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Sickness and leave

The BMA website includes guidance on all kinds of leave, including maternity leave and sick leave. Access is restricted, so you'll need your BMA log-in details.

The Practitioner Health Programme is a free, confidential service for doctors and dentists who have mental or physical health concerns and/or addiction problems and who live or work in the London area.

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Smartcard

This enables you to access e-Referral (Choose and Book) and other parts of the NHS Care Records Service.

You can take your Smartcard with you from job to job. You only have one Smartcard, even if you work for more than one NHS organisation, or have more than one position in your organisation.

For further details, and information on how to get your Smartcard, see the Camden GP Smartcard leaflet or contact Nizzam Uddin, Registration Manager:
e: racamden@nhs.net
t: 020 3688 1881

Looking after your smartcard

  • Keep it safe and secure
  • Never tell anyone your passcode
  • Never allow anyone else to use it
  • Never leave it unattended
  • Immediately report its loss, theft or damage to your Sponsor or the Registration Manager
    e: racamden@nhs.net 
    t: 020 3688 1881

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