October 14, 2010

Welcome to the NASGP Blog!



The only independent representative organisation for locum and salaried GPs


Thanks for looking at the NASGP Blog. With over 100 postings and links to both the NASGP website and a host of other websites relevant to Salaried GPs and GP Locums, this is by far the largest resource for Sessional GPs anywhere on the internet. If you like what you see, we’d love you to join, and you can do this very simply for only £8 per month, and remain a member for as long as you like.

December 28, 2013

Stopping self-employment

by honeybarrett

I had an enquiry from a NASGP member recently about the tax effect of stopping self employment. This principle affects both locum and partners in a similar way – and the problem arises when accounts are not prepared to 31st March or 5th April.  Continue reading

December 28, 2013

Plan your career before illness strikes


Medical Forum sees doctors with all manner of career needs from career choice to retirement planning, from career change to career diversification. Doubts about one’s career can emerge at odd times in even the most on track one, but doubt about one’s suitability for a career can be a significant cause for worry. If this is of a chronic or cyclical nature it can be damaging to health. Two such situations are – fundamental career mismatch and pace of work mismatch. Continue reading

December 23, 2013

Unwelcome patient attention


Sessional GP and MPS medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch shares a case scenario about a patient who stalked her GP 

Dr L worked as a locum GP in Manchester, doing maternity and other long-term locum jobs within the city practices. Five years ago he saw a female patient, Miss X, with mental health symptoms. He spent time trying to help her to resolve some of her issues. She was referred to counselling and to psychiatry and was found to have a borderline personality disorder. Continue reading

December 20, 2013

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

by Judith Harvey

A third-rate artist, a failed seminarian, a drop-out teacher. They don’t sound a threatening trio. But between them they were responsible for the deaths of around 150 million people. Continue reading

December 16, 2013



Aimee Lettis from the GP Update team gives us short, sharp nuggets of clinical information for sessional GPs.

They’re one of the commonest painkillers used in primary care. But if, like me, you’re always slightly anxious about prescribing an NSAID, you may find this review on NSAIDS useful. First though, here’s a warning about diclofenac for those still prescribing it.  Continue reading

December 13, 2013

Latest edition of NASGP newsletter out now


In our 74th edition, Liz has some surprisingly useful advice to manage your tax; Judith puts our duties as doctors into sharp perspective; Sara makes us think twice about continuity of care; Aimee gives the lowdown on NSAIDS; Charlotte has some smart advice on avoiding unwelcome patient attention, plus the usual round up of sessional GP groups from across the UK.

December 12, 2013

Continuity of care

by Sara Chambers

Continuity of care, as defined by care given continuously by one doctor, is one of the most oft talked about modalities of care provided by GPs; it’s the one we feel that’s under threat, the one we’re trying to defend, and the one the government has picked up on to protect and promote. It enables us to build therapeutic relationships, and many patients and GPs value it. Indeed, 50% of our consultations are for chronic conditions, where relationship continuity clearly plays a significant role. Continue reading

October 29, 2013

The Cuckoo’s Nest

by Judith Harvey

The BMJ doesn’t often publish obituaries of provincial American doctors. But it gave Dean Brooks a full page send-off. Why? Continue reading

October 25, 2013

Looming tax deadlines

by honeybarrett

31st October

For the few doctors who complete paper tax returns, the deadline for submission of the form is 31st October and automatic penalties will be charged if the return is submitted on paper after that date. Continue reading

October 21, 2013

There has to be an alternative

by Richard Fieldhouse

You’ve no doubt heard in the press about GP partners resigning from their partnerships mid-career to become locums, and more GPs applying for licenses to practice overseas in countries like Australia and Canada. Continue reading


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