Including sessional GPs should be compulsory for CCGs, says RCGP

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) should be forced to include salaried and locum GPs to gain authorisation, according to the RCGP.

Dr Stone: 'We're hoping in the future to make including sessionals compulsory for CCG authorisation'
Dr Stone: 'We're hoping in the future to make including sessionals compulsory for CCG authorisation'

Dr Su Stone, a GP locum and clinical lead for the RCGP's sessional GPs in commissioning project, called for the requirement as the college launched two surveys, one for sessional GPs and one for emerging CCGs, to establish levels of involvement of sessional GPs in CCGs across England.

The RCGP is working on the surveys with other groups including the GPC, the National Association of Primary Care and National Association of Sessional GPs to find examples of best practice and to discover barriers preventing the inclusion and engagement of salaried and locum GPs.

Dr Stone said that if the survey results showed that a large number of sessional GPs were being excluded from commissioning it would give the RCGP more strength to take action to improve the situation.

'We're hoping in the future to make including sessionals compulsory for CCG authorisation, but that’s a bit of a dream.'

‘If the survey found that a lot of sessional GPs who want to be involved in commissioning are being excluded that would be really powerful. We could say to the DH: "You need to open the door to sessional GPs",’ Dr Stone said.

The RCGP also plans to use the survey results to help poorly performing practices improve on sessional involvement. The surveys close on 6 April.

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