It has been really interesting to read all your comments. All I can say is that we are trying to help our colleagues in primary care as best we can through what are undoubtedly stormy times in the NHS. GP-S was set up after we saw that many of our peers were facing huge challenges with little support. We wanted to change this and hope we can make a difference to those individuals we work with. Yes we may help them explore their work/ life balances but we can also look at their personal lives, career development, finance and additional support.
We would love to help practices as a whole and colleagues from a wider geographical area, but have limited funds so we do what we can at an individual level in local counties through GP-S (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire). We are running pilots working with practice nurses (in Notts City) and practice managers (in Derbyshire). We also offer the service to GP ST3s (who have applied for their CCT) as many want to consider their future career aims. We are supportive of other areas working with us subject to them finding the funding.
We continue to talk with colleagues with the LMCs, BMA, NHSE, RCGP and new GP Health service in the hope they will be able to influence the bigger picture for the NHS.
If you’d like to know more about GP-S you can visit www.GP-S.org or follow us on @GPS mentoring.
Dr Ilona Bendefy GP-S mentor lead for Derbyshire