Who are Sessional GPs (SGPs)?
The title 'Sessional GP' is an umbrella term used to collectively refer to salaried, locum and freelance GPs, at any stage in their career, from newly qualified to peri-retirement.
Working as an SGP can be isolating and often lacks the peer support that is available to regular practice colleagues. Furthermore, it can be more challenging to access key elements of Continuing Professional Development to facilitate career development and appraisal.
With this in mind, BGPERT aims to support Sessional GPs to access education that is relevant to their learning needs and professional development, whilst at the same providing them with the opportunity to network with others in a similar position.
Sulisdoc was formed in 2009 by a small group of Sessional GPs (SGPs) to help support and advise other SGPs and to represent its members to the PCT and now the CCG.
For a few years now Sulisdoc have been running on a volunteer skeleton staff, mostly forwarding emails about work and relevant local GP information, to help keep sessional doctors up to date. This is in sharp contrast to the more active role Sulisdoc used to provide in supporting local doctors and having a voice for the sessional GP community in the wider local GP landscape.
To make the organisation more meaningful, and expand the range of services Sulisdoc can offer, BGPERT have agreed to take on the running Sulisdoc, the transition to happen at the beginning of September 2021.
Sulisdoc and BGPERT membership will remain separate.
Sulisdoc accept membership from all non-partner GPs, cost of membership is currently free of charge.
Sulisdoc membership will continue to be free via emails from firstname.lastname@example.org and via the website http://www.sulisdoc.co.uk/.
Benefits of Sulisdoc membership include:-
- Information on jobs - locums , salaried and partnership job adverts
- Information on upcoming educational events
- A group to share information and act as a voice standing up for the rights of sessional GPs
- A "formal voice" for Sessional GPs to BANES CCG
- Being part of a growing community and social events