Sessional GPs still facing isolation and training issues, charity warns

Professional isolation remains a major issue for the UK's increasing sessional GP workforce, a national survey has found.

Research by doctor’s charity The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) found that despite a range of recent measures, sessional GPs still have a lack of interaction with peers and little access to support and education.  

Salaried GPs now make up nearly a fifth of all GPs in England (18.2%) – a total of 7,310. A further 1,756 work as locums.

The research found that many sessional GPs form unfunded ‘self-directed learning groups’ to support each other.  

RMBF chairman, Dr Joan Trowell, said progress had been made in supporting sessionals, but more needs to be done.

‘With the implementation of revalidation, there is still a need to develop systems to include sessional GPs, if their training and skills are not to be lost to the profession and the NHS in the future,’ she said.

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