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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.
This is our local Sessional GP Group based in Bath.
Run by SGPs in the area, it acts as a means of communication linking SGPs as a collective group, enabling them to keep up-to-date on issues in the local health community by sharing updates from Local Trusts, CCGs and the Local Medical Committee.
Membership also entitles you to receive forwarded job information (both locum and permanent positions) from within the Bath area.
For more information please see www.sulisdoc.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bristol Association of Sessional GPs
This is a Sessional GP Group based in Bristol.
Membership offers access to an Online Discussion Forum, in addition to other benefits including email information about educational and employment opportunities, and local service development.
The National Association of Sessional GPs
This organisation works hard for SGPs, particularly in this current climate when Sessional GPs need a collective voice at a National Level. It campaigns hard to ensure professional equality, provision of education and political representation for SGPs. Membership entitles SGPs to a wealth of information via its bi-monthly newsletter. For further information visit www.nasgp.org.uk
Local Medical Committees
LMCs are also a good point of call for any Sessional GPs. They provide up-to-date information on payment and employment issues as well as acting as a source of pastoral support and advice for GPs in difficulty.
Wessex LMC - www.wessexlmcs.com/sessionals.html Avon LMC - www.almc.co.uk
The British Medical Association
The BMA provides an Annual Sessional GP Handbook and Regular Sessional GP Newsletters to their members, which aims to keep SGPs up to date with the wide range of new and on-going issues affecting Salaried and Locum GPs.
They have also produced valuable guidance establishing a Sessional Group.
Please see BMA 'How to set up a sessional GP group'.