FAQ

Primary Care is a complex World and we’ve made a special place for ourselves within it. For those who wish to understand us better, he is an FAQ

GPnetworks is the inspiration of a GP.

Back in the noughties, a GP, working as a locum had the idea that an online network that connected all the locums with all the Practices would benefit everyone (except the agencies).

The GP teamed up with a techie mate and together they devised the first version of the system.

Needless to say, it was a great success and more sophisticated versions followed. The current release is major version 4

In 2017 we embarked upon the task of building a second arm to the platform called Workforce - aimed at larger Primary Care services and Clusters of practices.

Released Oct 2018
Workforce offers the ability to build service workforces with powerful centralised management of clinical resources, the ability to schedule across multiple locations using system AI, built-in compliance management, calculations all costs, fees and pay for both self-employed and employed staff and sophisticated reporting.

In 2020, Workforce is used by a number of Extended hours, Improved access service Hubs.

From the perspective of a practitioner, a Workforce account is simply another type of employer they can opt to connect with, if they wish to, from within their practitioner account.
Our reason to exist

We exist because we believe in the idea that we can provide a platform that is capable of saving time, stress and money and we believe we can do this without charging an arm and a leg for the service.

We think that we can show NHS services a better way to interact with the clinical resources that surround them and that we can offer the people that comprise that clinical resource a single account that connects with many employers and makes managing their professional schedule and pay a lot easier.
  1. To create networks of mixed Allied Health practitioner workforces around the UK, where legitimate employers can connect to those clinical resources quickly & cheaply, find and book any ad-hoc cover they need or build and manage their own workforce.
  2. To provide online tools that make finding and managing of clinical resources low cost and easy
  3. To provide a network and platform that allow Primary Care services to be dynamic and reactive to all clinical scenarios, building clinics and schedules and matching resources to their needs using our system intelligence.
  4. To Save local NHS services time and money.
With a free practitioner account, you can
  • Connect yourself and your availability to your choice of employers
  • Receive email and in-app notifications of all requests & activity
  • Chat with practices to arrange, clarify & negotiate
  • View and manage a schedule of your commitments
  • Auto generate your invoices to employers - pension calculated or opt-out
  • Build your professional profile, competencies, certificates & qualifications
  • Keep connected with all your account activity with our app
There are a few types of employers within the network at this time and, in the near future, we hope many more.

Note: All your requests, declines, cancellations and assignments, across all employers you are connected to, appear in a single unified Schedule screen within your account. The system prevents any clashes and handles change seamlessly, always keeping you informed via notifications. The Schedule always contains an up-to-date reflection of your commitments and history of your work.

Practices

These employers are shown to you based on your postcode and the work radius set within your Profile. You can then build your own list of those you wish to advertise your availability and skills to and they can request you for cover and chat with you.

Hub services

These employers are shown to you in your Hub Management area, within your account. You can connect with these by opting in. The Hub will then induct you and build you into their service workforce. At this point, your availability and other attributes of your account become part of the system intelligence that matches a Hub workforce to a Hubs rota requirements.

PCN's / Clusters

These employers are also shown to you in your Hub Management area, within your account. You can connect with these by opting in. They will then induct you and build you into their service workforce. At this point, your availability and other attributes of your account become part of the system intelligence that matches their workforce to their rota requirements.

Others?

We are working on bringing more types of legitimate Primary Care employer into the platform and more employers so stay tuned...
We fund our service by charging employers a small amount to use the platform.

We offer two types of employer account:

  • Practice Manager accounts
  • Hub Workforce accounts

We offer free trial accounts to Practices so that they can see how effective the solution can be for them. If they wish to continue when the trial ends, we charge £150 per year for unlimited access.

Our Workforce accounts offer a service level solution for Primary Care hub services and clusters, including compliance management, complex scheduling using AI, all financial calculations, inc costs and workforce pay - plus sophisticated reporting.

We also offer free Pilots to PCN's and Primary Care services and have a number of paid license models to choose from.
Practitioners can connect to the employers they wish to and use all aspects of the platform functionality for free.

They will pay zero commission and work directly with employers, building relationships.

Practices can find and book you for locum cover and you can negotiate and chat with them as part of the process

You can also connect with Primary Care Hub services such as EHS / IAS and PCN's / Clusters using our Workforce accounts.

As with all users, Practitioners benefit from having a permanent history of all cover they have worked as well as schedule of future cover agreed.

Practitioners can download the app from the app stores and stay connected with their account, managing all aspects of their account on the go.

Like all users, Practitioners also benefit from the clear, formal communications that the platform facilitates - keeping all parties up to date with their commitments and sending reminders.
Practices can find and book locum cover in a matter of minutes, as many times as they need to, without any additional cost or commission.

In this way, they can save time and money finding the cover they need.

As with all users, practices benefit from having a permanent history of all cover they have booked as well as schedule of future cover.

With process and relationship formalised by the platform, the data becomes both reliable and auditable.

Like all users, Practices also benefit from the clear, formal communications that the platform facilitates - keeping all parties up to date with their commitments and sending reminders.