GP Assistants (GPA)- what can they do for the practice and the GPs (and other clinicians) once trained?
- Phlebotomy and ECGs (for example when needed acutely during a consultation with a GP)
- Insurance/DWP form completion– GPAs with training can complete the majority of the form, with a GP then just needing to check. Think of the time saved!
- Observations and take a basic history. If the GPA is working with the on call GP they could support by bringing down patients needing F2F review, taking observations and a basic history, before handing over to the GP/clinician, thus saving time
- Care plan reviews eg dementia reviews and learning disability annual health checks. The GPA could complete much of the care plan with the individual and then handover any medical issues needing further discussion
- Referral support eg support with use of cinapsis for acute referrals, to save the clinician time and handover when the call is answered. Support with completion of referral forms including 2ww referrals
- Support with QI work and QOF– searches, cancer QI admin work and more
- Use of a dermatoscope to take pictures for uploading to the record and onward review by a GP/clinician
- Filing of appropriate results eg normal FOBT, or supporting uptake of screening (again which could link into QOF/IIF work)
- Support for the GP/clinician on home visits or care home ward rounds
- Workflow processing
- The possibilities can be endless!
Why a GP Assistant?
- This could be a great career development pathway for an existing practice member, providing variety to the working week to support staff retention
- For a receptionist spending time with the GP, and the GP spending time with them, this could be a fantastic source of learning for what the other does, and look for ways to streamline processes
- Dedicated support for the GPs to support recruitment and retention, and aim to get them home a bit sooner!
- Salary to be determined by the practice as deemed appropriate. Please see the job description below for guidance (currently there is funding available under the winter access fund to support early adoption of this role ahead of March 2022)
- Possibilities to use this as a stepping stone into other roles, such as a trainee nursing associate role or care co-ordinator role
- HEE funded places for GP Assistants will be announced shortly for the 3rd training cohort in the south west. Due to remand places available are increased to 60 across the South West.
- Gloucestershire have provisionally been offered 10 spaces
- HEE training due to start from March 2022, with final details awaited
- The formal training requires the individual to be released for 4hrs per week for personal study time and 4hrs per week for 1:1 training. The 1:1 training could be on courses, observing all clinical and non-clinical members of the team, and being observed completing patient interactions. The remainder of the working week can be flexible to suit the needs of the practice and individual. So the 4hrs of 1:1 training does not need to all be with a GP!
- The GPA needs to complete an e-portfolio covering the training domains, supported by a named GP mentor (they can also have a practice manager mentor who could support the non-clinical elements instead of the GP)
- On completion of training a £1700 training grant (correct at time of writing) is payable by HEE to the employing practice
Please click here to access an example job description.
To express an interest in the role and a training space, or for more information please contact email@example.com.
GP Assistants- new training cohort announced
Following recent promotion of the GP assistant role and how they can support GPs and other clinicians the next training cohort has now been announced. Full details including FAQs, how to apply, what is involved and details of training grant payable to practices please see documents linked below.
GP Assistant 1st Session – click here
GP Assistant FAQs 2022 – click here
GP Assistant Phase 3 Flyer – January 2022 – click here
GP Assistant Certificate Enrolment Form – click here
The deadline for enrolment forms to be submitted is 27th February. Please copy in firstname.lastname@example.org when submitting an application form so the Gloucestershire Primary Care Training Hub can provide further support locally, in addition to the course providers. Previous cohorts have been oversubscribed so we would encourage any interested practices to ensure their form is returned before the deadline.