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What GPs need to log for Pulse’s workload survey

Pulse’s GP workload survey will take place on 11 February, when GPs will be asked to record details about their day

At the end of Monday 11 February Pulse will open its workload survey and would like as many GPs as possible from across the UK to take part by submitting details about that specific day.

The information that we would like recorded will include:

  • hours scheduled to provide clinical care
  • hours spent providing clinical care
  • hours spent on non-clinical work 
  • number of patient contacts
  • number of types of contact (face-to-face, phone, video, online questionnaire, home visit, care home)
  • level of clinical complexity
  • number of contacts booked on / before the day

GPs who want to take part should check back to the website at the end of the working day on 11 February to access the link to the survey.

The survey will remain open until later in the week, but all answers provided should be about 11 February.

 

Readers' comments (23)

  • About time we need to provide evidence of the exhausting and lengthy days we all do
    It’s now 18:45 and I’ve been at my desk since 7:45am and not finished yet

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  • Duty day today so 74 phone assessments, 32 face to face assessments, over 60 tasks, over 105 pathology results, 10 letters to action, endless paper scripts to sign alongside over 100 on eps, other paper hospital prescription requests, queries from DNs, an extra hours worth of stuff from the office to sort through. If the paramedic attached to the surgery hadn't been able to do the home visits I would have been finishing after 10pn tonight having only left the surgery around 9pm and having started at 7:30am with no lunch and no break all day. There you go there's your survey answers for the majority of us I suspect!

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  • Vinci Ho

    I see where you come from , Jaimie , and also understand people would have scepticism on this kind of survey . But I see this in a different angle : My opinion is Pulse has established , at least unofficially , a reputation of reflecting the dark reality of what has been happening in general practice. And as I wrote , in the past , people with different political backgrounds have been ‘monitoring’ or even ‘infiltrating’ this platform . Evidence and history are undeniable on that . In a way , Pulse is influential , in my opinion.
    So Pulse is in the perfect , political position to provide evidence on a survey to raise a narrative about the GP workload and I fully support you , Jaimie .
    And I am speaking as an witness of three generations of brilliant PULSE editor : Steve , Nigel and yourself.
    And I am speaking as an witness of three generations of brilliant PULSE editor : Steve , Nigel and yourself.😄

    Hope many will support this survey.

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  • AlanAlmond

    It might be interesting to reflect on how may GPs on the day in question aren’t at work. I for one have virtually given up practice because when I do on a regular basis it’s more than I can handle. I work as a Locum because when I have been salaried after a couple of years my mental health suffers and I have to stop. The intensity and demands of the continuous unrelenting slog of seeing patient after patient with all the associated administrative drudge peppered with sporadic, infrequent but highly warring complains makes regular ‘full time’ working, for me personally, an almost suicIdal proposition. This is doubt due in part to my own personal constitution, but I am in no way a flake, and I’m sure there are many like me. I often read comments in the wider media reflecting on the fact so many GPs work part time...this is a consequence of the intensity of the work and I hope this can somehow be drawn out in the survey in some way to guard against the inevitable misinterpretation of GP part times as somehow a sign of us being over paid and lazy..this couldn’t be further from the truth. The level of general attrition in the work force is not sustainable and needs to be addressed. Keep up the excellent work.

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  • Alan Almond: as a 'part time' GP,I probably work longer hours than most full time non doctors. Oh, but I do get part time salary.
    I barely manage to stay sane for 7.5 sessions per week. I often wonder how 'full time' GPs survive.
    The general public have absolutely no idea of how hard we work, and no interest either. But let's face it, or colleagues in other medical and surgical specialties don't know either, and generally think we are lazy and overpaid.

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  • Unrealistic expectations of what we can do and what government promises we can do are at the heart of this sorry mess

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  • If I complete this survey it may give a skewed idea as I have already been driven out of General Practice by the very workload that Lucy Marchand describes.

    I now do one session a week and I feel so much better.

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  • I will never do salaried or partnership GP work again, unless the terms and conditions change considerably. Life's too short to be clinically depressed

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  • Oh dear - I have a 2 hour LMC meeting after an 11 hr day on that Monday. Completing the survey will be interesting!

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  • Might be helpful to have a ‘ready reckoner’ For completing the survey as the day goes on. I don’t always remember all the DN phone calls ‘just wanted to run this by you’, extra scripts / queries etc. Could a simple table be uploaded on the pulse website with information you are looking to capture, I can then print out & record during the day? Thanks

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  • excellent work. Only shame that media has to do it.

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  • Lucy’s average day sounds so much like mine! I suspect most of us are suffering in silence. I myself am looking at anyway possible to drop a day at my practice and do locums just to survive!
    I have no quality of life.

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  • Nhsfatcat

    I'll try but I suspect I won't have time to complete :)

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  • Australian GPs gets 45 min for depression per patient, I get 10min. They do not have to do ambulance, A+E calls or patient queries and has no home visits. Their usual appointments are 15-20 min.

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  • What about those of us who aren't in work on 11th Feb?

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  • Bagpus,
    You ask my question for me. Please could we have an answer?
    Could there be another survey day, to provide evidence that Monday 11th is normal (or not)?

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  • doctordog.

    I always find myself surprised that colleagues have such little control over their workload.

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  • How can you control workload if the GP recruitment crisis leaves you covering the work of absent colleagues due to unfilled GP partner or salaried postitions? On my last day as a partner I was doing the work of three GPs. The survey will presumably show that any variance in activity will be highest in under doctored areas.

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  • doctordog.

    SAY NO.

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  • I don't want to cynical but GP have to do this unpaid and in their own time. And it WILL be ignored (DOI cycnical GP for 30 years)

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