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We currently have a vacancy for a eight session Salaried GP or Partner. 

Salaried GP or Partner

Eight sessions per week

Permanent Position

We have an exciting opportunity for a salaried GP or partner to join our friendly, innovative, successful GMS teaching and training practice. Our main surgery is at Connel, on the shores of Loch Etive, and we also run branch surgeries in Taynuilt (dispensing) and Dalmally.

The practice –

  • Is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
  • 4 GP Partners, 3 Salaried GP’s.
  • Is in an area with local primary and secondary schools and good leisure facilities.
  • Rural practice caring for 5,200 patients.
  • Training practice.
  • Has excellent nursing and administrative support.
  • Has opted out from providing OOH cover (but there is an opportunity for shifts).
  • Local DGH providing full ancillary services and a wide range of consultant clinics.
  • 15 minute appointments.
  • We would actively encourage informal enquiries and practice visits.
  •  For further information contact Janice McGhee, Practice Manager or ask to speak to one of our partners.

We offer a relocation incentive of £3000 pro rata.

Closing date for applications (by CV and covering letter to Janice McGhee, Connel Surgery, Connel, Argyll PA37 1PH  or is 31st March 2018.

Salaried GP  or Partner

Job Description


Job Title:            Salaried GP or Partner

Reports to:         The GP Partners (clinically) and Practice Manager 


Operationally Responsible to:   Practice Manager

Contract:             Permanent

Hours:                  8 sessions per week, including an occasional evening

Location:             The Practice covers three sites: Connel, Taynuilt & Dalmally. 

Relocation incentive   £3,000 pro rata


Key Working Relationships:       Primary health Care Team including GPs, practice nurses, practice manager, business manager, district nurses, health visitors, midwives, podiatrists, physiotherapists, patients, hospital staff, social work staff, local care home staff.

Job summary

The post holder will support the three GP partners to manage an interesting clinical caseload spread of the populations covered by the Connel, Taynuilt and Dalmally surgeries ensuring the highest standard of care for all registered and temporary patients. The post-holder will have the opportunity to lead on a key disease area and assist in developing services for the mainly rural patient list.

The post holder will carry out all the duties reasonably expected of an NHS general practitioner using the standards expected by the GMC and RCGP in line with appropriate national and/or local

Clinical Responsibilities

  • In accordance with the practice rota, the post holder will make him/herself available to undertake a variety of duties including surgery, telephone and electronic consultations and queries, visiting patients’ homes, checking and signing repeat prescriptions and dealing with queries, paperwork and correspondence in a timely fashion.
  • Responding to medical problems presented by temporary residents.
  • Making professional, autonomous decisions in relation to presenting problems, whether self-referred or referred from other health care workers within the organisation.
  • Assessing the health care needs of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems.
  • Screening patients for disease risk factors and early signs of illness.
  • In consultation with patients and in line with current practice disease management protocols, developing care plans for health management
  • To assist in the establishment of appropriate systems to manage common chronic medical conditions e.g. asthma, diabetes.
  • Providing counselling and health education
  • Making appropriate and timely referral of patients for further opinion and treatment using SCI gateway. Following all Practice, NHS Highland and NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde guidelines as appropriate.
  • Typing own SCI referrals, clinical software consultation information and internal/external emails.
  • Recording clear and contemporaneous consultation notes to agreed standards including the recording of appropriate information and coding for Enhanced Services.
  • Prescribing in accordance with Practice policy and NHS Highland Formulary as clinically appropriate.
  • Collecting data for audit purposes.
  • To participate in targeted health promotion activity to benefit patients
  • Compiling and issuing computer-generated acute and repeat prescriptions.
  • Appropriate medicine prescribing for both acute and repeat requirement in accordance with the practice prescribing formulary and guidelines whenever this is clinically appropriate.
  • Timely assessment of incoming electronic and paper correspondence relating to both patient and non patient information as required. Using the appropriate electronic systems.
  • Participate in training plans of GP registrar, medical and nursing students as required.
  • To complete insurance, DSS, DVLA and other reports relating to patients under your care.
  • In general the post holder will be expected to undertake all the normal duties and responsibilities associate with a GP working within primary acre and any other duties reasonably required by the practice.
  • This job description is not exhaustive. We anticipate the role will develop with the suitable candidate and we may amend it as appropriate.

Workload Requirements within the Organisation

The post-holder will be required to work flexibly over the three practice sites (normally between two sites) and with flexibility over days to some extent to ensure a workable rota.

  • Surgeries – the post holder will work 8 sessions per week on a flexible basis.   The hours for surgeries vary by site and by day. Patient appointments are 15 minutes. There is normally a coffee break half way through the session. There is an evening surgery at Connel on a regular basis.
  • Home Visits – the post holder will be required to carry out home visits, occasionally during surgery in an emergency. Home visits are normally carried out after morning surgery.
  • Administration – the post holder will be required to ensure that all relevant administration is completed during normal working hours. This includes completion of medical/insurance examinations in a timely and appropriate manner to meet the needs of the practices registered patients.
  • First On-call – take part in the surgery rota for first on-call to deal as a first contact for all staff and nursing queries as well as handling patient requests and incoming laboratory results.

 Practice Organisation

  • Awareness of and compliance with all relevant practice policies/guidelines e.g. prescribing, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety.
  • Process and action incoming patient and hospital correspondence.
  • Attendance at Primary Health Care Team and Clinical Team meetings.
  • Adhere to the practice complaint management system.
  • Maintaining regular, consistent and professional attendance, punctuality and personal appearance.
  • Ensuring daily effective handling of all incoming communication including emails.

Maintaining, Monitoring & Updating Computerised Patient Records

  • Contributing to the development of computer based patient records.
  • Contributing to the summarising of patient records and read coding patient data.
  • Ensure clinical database is updated promptly and accurately a required for practice protocols, Enhanced Services etc...
  • Respond to alerts on patient records.
  • Appropriate use of read codes as agreed within the practice
  • Participate in the collection and collation of statistics as required.
  • Participate in audits of clinical work and patient satisfaction.


  • To follow current GMC guidelines and practice policy to ensure patients have the confidence and right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and dignity and act appropriately.
  • Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues or other healthcare workers or issues relating to the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the above guidelines and policy.

Health & Safety

The post holder will assist in promoting and maintain their own and other health, safety and security, as per the practice health and safety policy, including:

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines.
  • Identifying risks involved in work activities and actively managing those risks
  • Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills
  • Using appropriate infection control procedures, particularly relating to needle stick injuries, maintaining work areas in a tidy and safe way free from hazards.
  • Ensuring all accidents or dangerous incidents are reported and investigated and follow up action taken where necessary.

Equality & Diversity

The post holder will support the equality, diversity ad rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognises the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with the practice procedures and policies and current legislation.
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers, colleagues.
  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings, priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional Development

  • Participation in an annual performance review
  • Attendance at educational and clinical team meetings
  • Demonstrating skills and activities to others as appropriate
  • Ensure professional development requirements for revalidation are met.
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and audit to ensure evidence based best practice.
  • Contributing to audit/evaluation and clinical standard setting.
  • Attending training and events organised by the practice or other agencies, where appropriate.
  • Maintain CPR and anaphylaxis certification.


The post-holder with strive to maintain quality within the practice and will:

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Reflect and assess own and team performance
  • Work effectively with other agencies to meet patient’s needs in a person centered way
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources.
  • Apply practice policies, standards and guidance.
  • Make suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team or practice’s performance.


The post-holder will:

  • Communicate effectively with other team members
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers
  • Recognise peoples’ needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly.


Personnel Specification



Qualification, Training & Registration Criteria

Higher postgraduate membership

Be on the Highland Medical Performer’s List and be registered with the General Medical Council.



Be subject to an enhanced CRB check, the outcome of which must be satisfactory to the practice.



Fully trained and accredited GP with JCTGP Vocational training certificate

Behavioural Competencies


Be well motivated


Can work well as a member of team


Feels comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary environment


Take a consultative approach to their work, appropriately involving relevant people


Have a willingness to be involved in Enhanced Services work


Ability to work under pressure


A willingness to learn new skills and be open to suggestions

Skills & Experience

A good understanding of GMS contract requirements and operation Enhanced Services

Good time management skills, punctual, able to manage and prioritise work load

Ability to effectively manage pressures of a busy and varied clinical work load

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Familiarity with EMIS clinical system

Good knowledge of and interest in general practice and primary care in a rural setting

Ability to contribute effectively to team meetings

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

A good understanding of GMS contract requirements and operation of QOF and Enhanced Services

Ability to work unsupervised

Experience and interest in medical education within a primary care setting

Ability to draft cogent, error free letters and reports in a timely manner

Special interest in dermatology or minor surgery or women’s health or the elderly

Evidence of IT literacy and keyboard skills (typing)



Hold a current and full driving licence and have access to a car

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