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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

FULL CPD MODULE

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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