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Q&A: Going part-time (1.5 CPD hours)

Accountant Luke Bennett and part-time partner Dr Perpetua Nicholas answer common questions from GP partners looking to reduce their hours


This module offers advice on ways that GP partners can go part-time, covering:

  • Ways to go part-time
  • How you workload, income, pension and partnership will change
  • How changing your hours affects your appraisal and revalidation

After reading these articles you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Have you weighed up the various options such as becoming a part time partner, doing a job share, getting on the retainer scheme, doing locums, becoming salaried and so on?
  • Have you thought through the key financial issues such as income, tax, pensions and shares in practice property?
  • What are the implications of working part time on your skill and knowledge? How will you keep up to date and how will you maintain annual appraisals and achieve revalidation?
  • Consider how to best manage your time and appointments – how will you balance the need to maintain continuity while managing to see new patients? And how can you ensure that you keep a role in the management of the practice without having a workload disproportionate to your hours?
  • Do you know who to approach for guidance and support if you run into disputes with your practice about your part time working?

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