As a freelancer, you need to be able to work across a number of different types of employer.—As a locum with a GPnetworks account, you need your account to be able to handle the complexity of working for Hub banks, either in-hours or extended hours or out of hours and working for practices.—The Gpnetworks system handles all of this and creates a single unified Schedule for you of all your activity.—
Naturally the rules behind this are quite complex – but here is some insight into them.
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Interaction with Practices1. When a Practitioner does anything in their Schedule (accept, cancel, decline) it gives them the option to choose whether to stay available for that session or not with a checkbox.
2. When a surgery confirms, the Practitioner is set unavailable for that session and any other requests will be declined automatically and notifications sent out.
3. When a surgery cancels an accepted OR confirmed session, it automatically sets the GP as available again.Hub Assignments
1. Assignments will only be made if a GP has no accepted or confirmed, or assigned requests existing for that session in their Schedule.2. When an assignment is made, any conflicting requests will be auto declined (this will only consist of new requests the GP has not responded to yet, since assignment can’t be made for any accepted / confirmed)
The option of making your availability public simply means that you allow your availability calendar to be viewed on a public URL, outside of a GPn login – so you could send it to an employer, for example. As a feature it should have no direct bearing on your opportunity to find locum work through the system. All practices suing GPn will be able to see your availability as long as you have set them as Visible to you in your Visibility tab.
This is an added service for practices, when they are unable to find locum cover via the locum availability system, they can place a requirement that all GPs in the network can see. In your view, this is a combined list of all such placements. If there are none, it simply means that practices have no requirements they cannot match using the main system. Sometimes this may have 3 or 4 requirements in it. When such a requirement is created by a practice the system sends an email out to all GPs to let them know.
If you live in a part of the UK where GPnetworks does NOT currently operate, not to worry – together, we can get our network and the accompanying web-based system up and running in no time.
AND there are big benefits for any practice or group of practices that help to establish GPnetworks in their area!
At this time an annual subscription to the GPnetworks system is £150 – for unlimited use. This means find/request/book as many locums as you like for as many sessions as you like, at no extra cost. Deal directly with the GPs and pay only their hourly/daily rates and no more on top!
Any practice helping to establish GPnetworks in a new area is eligible for a full years FREE subscription! This is also true for groups of practices.
This offer means that it is risk free for practices to setup and trial GPnetworks in their area.
The key to creating a network in your area is to have more than 15 practices registering at the same time.