New GP practice support service

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NHS Employers has agreed to coordinate the introduction and provision of a central support service to those GP practices not otherwise linked through lead employer arrangements, in order to help ensure the effective implementation of the 2016 contract for GP trainees. 
This will help to reassure these practices that they can meet their contractual and associated non-contractual obligations to offer GP trainees terms and conditions of service (TCS) that are consistent with the 2016 contract. 
For GP trainees, this will ensure that:

  • Practices are able to correctly calculate salary details.
  • Practices are able to roster working hours which meet the safety requirements set out in the TCS.
  • Practices are able to design and issue work schedules that are fit for purpose, and to respond to exception reports appropriately.

In addition, and to support the implementation of the 2016 contract, the service will mean practices are able to take steps to ensure that a guardian of safe working hours has been appointed.

The development of an online support service is currently being finalised for the three regions covered by this agreement. GP trainers in Wessex, Thames Valley and Yorkshire and the Humber will receive information about how they and their practice managers can access the service early next week (w/c 10 July 2017).

Current information for practices about employing GP trainees on the 2016 TCS is available on our junior doctors contract resources pages

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