Bro Taf LMC
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Email: brotaflmcltd@brotaflmcltd.co.uk

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Registered Company Number: 6744207
Registered Office: Henstaff Court Business Centre, Groesfaen, Cardiff, CF72 8NG

 

 

 


Useful Links
BMA
BMJ
Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan CHC

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Cwm Taf CHC

Cwm Taf Health Board

Doctors Support Network (DSN)
General Medical Council (GMC)
GP Appraisal Site

Health of Wales Information Service (HOWIS)
Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

NHS Direct Wales
Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

Velindre NHS Trust
Healthy Working Wales

Health for Health Professionals (HHP) Wales Service

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership

GP CPD Pages

GPC Wales Webpage

Cardiff & Vale Practice Managers Federation

GPOne Website

Rhondda docs

 

PREPARING A CV

 

You can get information from the BMA, but for those who aren't members, here is a link to a BMJ Careers article:  http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/view-article.html?id=3043

 

GETTING ON THE PERFORMERS LIST

 

To apply for inclusion in the Medical Performers' List (Wales) follow this link:


http://www.primarycareservices.wales.nhs.uk/gp-services



MEDICAL INDEMNITY

 

Having medical indemnity cover is a professional responsibility, as outlined in GMC Good Medical Practice (paragraph 34).  The BMA has guidance on medical indemnity on its website:

 

https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/employment/contracts/nhs-medical-indemnity


There are three medical defence organisations - the MDU, the MPS and the MDDU Scotland.  Here are their contact details:

 

MDU:  www.themdu.com  0800 716376

MPS:  www.medicalprotection.org/uk  0845 7187187

MDDU Scotland:  www.mddus.com  0845 2702034

 

PENSIONS

 

Here is a link to the NHS Pensions members' pages for GP locums.  It provides advice on qualifying conditions, the application process and links to the various forms that locum GPs will need to join the scheme (including forms A&B).

 


INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVICE

 

The LMC is not indemnified to give financial advice and cannot direct GPs to particular private providers of advice or policies.  Here is a link to an "independent" website that may help you to locate sources of IFA, solicitors and accountants.

 

http://www.unbiased.co.uk/

 

ACCOUNTANCY

 

Accountancy and the tax man

 

Get an accountant.  They will talk you through the process of becoming self employed and will explain how to:

- Notify HMRC of the start of self employment

- Set up class 2 national insurance contributions

- Consider if class 4 national insurance contributions need to be deferred

 

Record Keeping

 

Failure to keep good records can result in substantial fines.  You should keep:

-  Copies of invoices issued in respect of work done

-  Receipts for expenses incurred

-  Mileage log

-  Bank statements showing income and expenses

-  Credit card statements if used for business

-  Copies of pension paperwork (forms locum A and B)

-  Copies of pay slips, P45, P60s

 

Saving for tax

 

This is vital and many a self employed business has gone bankrupt due to an unexpectedly large tax bill.  This is, perhaps, not surprising given that if, for example, you start work in August 2011 the first tax you will pay will be in January 2013.  This tax bill, if you haven't been saving for it, will come as a nasty surprise.

 

Submit your tax returns on time

 

Penalties having increased recently.  For the tax year 2009-2010, tax returns must be submitted if on paper by 31.10.11 or online by 31.01.11.  Remember, if you use an accountant (and we strongly advise you do unless you are well versed in tax returns), you will need to send them your accounts in good time before the filing date, to give them time to complete your tax return.

 

Invoicing

 

This is straight forward, 2 copies one for work and another for your records stating when, where and how many sessions+/-housecalls you have done.  It is up to you how much you charge, but surgeries often have standard rates and these may or may not include housecalls, for which you may choose to charge separately.

 

PREPARING A LOCUM PACK

 

The RCGP has developed a locum pack and here is the web page link:


http://www.gpone.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/1000/MI_ADVICE_PACK_FOR_LOCUMS.pdf

ADVERTISING

 

If you want to work in Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taff, you can advertise your services on Bro Taf LMC's locum list, which is published on the LMC's website:  http://www.brotaflmc.org.uk/Locum_SGPs_available.html

 

APPRAISAL

 

Appraisal is a formative and developmental process.  It is about identifying development needs, not performance management.  It is a positive process, to give GPs feedback on their past performance, to chart continuing process and identify development needs.  Click here to visit the GP Appraisal website for Wales.

 

In August 2011 the BMJ issued its new Learning Portfolio.  This is a simple and accessible system for recording what you have learnt and putting it together in a neat file for use with your appraiser, or for other purposes.  We are advised that Trainees and sessional GPs should find the BMJ Learning Portfolio more useful than the old "plan and record" system.  The BMJ Learning Portfolio should give everyone a very easy tool to collate their learning record.  Here is a link to BMJ Learning:

 

http://group.bmj.com/products/learning

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

You can find details of local meetings on this website (see our Education and Training page) and on the GP Appraisal website  click here 



RECRUITS TO MEDIC MENTOR

Medic Mentor are keen to recruit mentors from within Wales.  They are a social enterprise scheme run by young doctors who work with 15-17 years olds to prepare them for their application to Medical School. 

Click here for more information about becoming a Medic Mentor.

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Bro Taf LMC Ltd is the statutory representative organisation for GPs in

Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil

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