Flexible GP Pool

What is the Flexible GP Pool?

Our aim is to create a pool of well trained and supported GPs, offering those that want to work flexibly a way to be part of a stable Herefordshire workforce. Our model aims to be less subject to the market pressures of a traditional locum bank.

The primary care flexible staff pool arrangements reflect the People Plan commitment to establish GP banks, and replaces the Locum Support Scheme commitment made in ‘Update to the GP Contract Agreement 2020/21-2023/24’ for 2020/21.

The flexible workforce pools will support the primary care networks to increase capacity in general practice and create a new offer for local GPs wanting to work flexibly. It is expected that practices and PCNs will benefit from reduced burden in accessing temporary staff with the potential to build better relationships with pool members.

Practices can make requests online to the Workforce Pool for additional GP workforce to deliver sessions within their organisation. The Workforce Pool Co-ordinator will make contact with all available staff to fill the vacancy. If the GP is a flexible worker then the Workforce Pool Co-ordinator will confirm with the practice that the session is booked and an invoice will be raised by Taurus for the service. If the GP is a locum the practice will be introduced to the locum and the next steps are determined by the practice and the locum.

Practices can be reassured that all GPs accepted into the Pool have undergone appropriate HR checks and have the ‘Herefordshire HR Passport’ which is one set of pre-employment checks including mandatory and statutory training.

After the session has been completed, the Practice has the opportunity to feedback on the GP via a short questionnaire and the GP has the opportunity to feedback on their experience at the Practice.

It is anticipated that the ANP/Nurse and Non-Clinical Workforce Pools will come on line in the Autumn.

How can I request workforce from the Pool?

By clicking on the link here. Up to 5 sessions can be requested on each form for any mixture of individual sessions, whole days or weeks.

Are you looking for flexible GP work in Herefordshire?

Through Taurus we can provide access to a range of salaried or locum, flexible or fixed sessions in and out of hours. We offer a range of General Practice services, face-to-face and remote sessions, in and out-of-hours and ALL using the EMIS clinical platform. We are also committed to your training and development and have a range of CDP opportunities. We have three employment options and a pay scale that reflects experience and leadership. We are passionate about 24/7 General Practice and enabling our workforce to make every contact count.

Our current services include Adhoc in hours work in Herefordshire practices via Herefordshire flexible GP Pools; Improved Access (routine bookable appointments from hubs across the county); Out of Hours from Hereford city base; COVID Management Service and Virtual GP (both remote services working from home), and Zero tolerance service. 

If you are interested and would like an initial discussion, please submit your CV.