Welcome to Northants GP, where the standard of General Practice is high and there is a welcoming GP community which meets regularly.
The county’s two main hospitals both have excellent relationships with the local GPs. GPs in Northants have some of the most advanced Practices in the UK with extensive diagnostic facilities, which means we can cater for so much more of our patients’ needs without a referral.
Our larger Practices also offer the opportunity for a Portfolio Career enabling you to diversify your skill-set and specialise in a wider range of clinical areas that interest you. We are also federating more of our practices which means each individual GP can work across practices, with a greater say in how the practice is managed and how their own career progresses.

Whether you’re looking for an idyllic country Practice, a challenging city surgery or something in between, Northants GP has everything you could wish for.

 

Job Vacancy: Social Prescribing Link Worker

This is an exciting time for General Practice. All practices within the county have come together to work in Primary Care Networks (PCNs). These are groups of GP practices working in partnership to support their local population.

As part of this many of our PCNs are now recruiting to their first roles, Social Prescribing Link Workers.

These roles will empower people and help them take control of their health and wellbeing. The ‘link worker’, through referral to non-medical interventions, will spend time with people to focus on ‘what matters to me’. They will take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience, and reduces health inequalities. These roles will help address the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity. They will increase people’s active involvement, support people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), and those who are lonely or isolated, and ultimately will have a positive effect on wellbeing.

We are supporting several PCNs to recruit to these roles across a number of regions.  To learn more, please visit the NHS recruitment site: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915635223

Application closing date: 21 July 2019

Leading the way in recruiting ‘Social Prescribers’

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time to focus on ‘what matters to me’. Emerging evidence suggests that social prescribing can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce workload for healthcare professionals and demand for secondary care services[i].

A recruitment campaign for eight ‘Social Prescriber Link Workers’ has just been launched by Northampton Health and Care Partnership to fill roles within general practices across the county, including:

  • Northamptonshire Rural PCN (Practices include: Crick, Byfield, Greens Norton & Weedon, Long Buckby, Saxon Spires)
  • Daventry PCN (Practices include: Abbey and Danetre)
  • Blue PCN (Practices include: St Lukes, Bugbrooke, Park Avenue, County, Brook)
  • Royal Parks PCN (Practices include: Kingsthorpe, Langham Place, The Pines, Queensview, Kings Heath)
  • Rockingham Forest PCN (Practices include: Lakeside Corby, Studfall and Headlands)
  • Brackley & Towcester PCN (Practices include: Brackley, Towcester, Brook and Springfield)
  • Kettering & Southwest Rural PCN (Practices include: Drylands, Mawsley and Burton)
  • M-WEB PCN (Practices include: Moulton, Woodview, Earls Barton, Penvale)
  • ARC HUB PCN (Practices include: Eleanor Cross, Rillwood, Danes Camp)
  • Grand Union PCN (Practices include: Abington, Greenview, Abington Park, King Edward Road, Leicester)
  • MMWF PCN (Practices include: The Mounts, Maple Access, Weston Favell (Dr Dias), Weston Favell (Dr Molla), Favell Plus)

 Catherine Wills, Workforce Programme Manager at Northampton Health and Care Partnership says:

“This is an exciting time for GPs in Northamptonshire. All practices within the county have come together to work in Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and are working to support their local population. As part of this many PCNs are recruiting their first Social Prescribing Link Workers, a role that empowers people to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  “Through personalised support, social prescribers can help people that don’t necessarily require clinical treatment, by referring them to community groups and voluntary organisations running a wide range of activities from benefits advice, singing and cooking classes, to sports, gardening and housing help. This in turn eases pressure on GPs. We look forward to receiving applications for our first recruits in social prescribing.”

Roles and career paths

Within General Practice there are a number of other roles and career paths, for example: Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse, Healthcare Assistant or Assistant Practitioner.

Nurses are an important part of delivering care in General Practice, and the increasing shift of care from hospitals to General Practice provides nurses with a really exciting career choice.

General Practice Nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which might include healthcare assistants, pharmacists and dietitians. In larger practices, you might be one of several practice nurses sharing duties and responsibilities and in others you might be working on your own, taking on many roles. There are also a number of non-medical roles, for example: Practice Manager, Receptionist, Health records staff, Medical secretaries, Administration staff or IT.

Receptionists are very often the first person patients see so they use customer service and administration skills to welcome people to the surgery or medical centre.

Health records staff make sure that details of patients and their care are recorded and stored. They work with patients and other staff. Practice Managers manage the overall running of General Practices.

There’s never been a better time to work in General Practice in Northants so why not check out the extensive opportunities that are available today. https://northantsgp.co.uk/vacancies

Why work for us?

Ten reasons why Northants General Practice could be your best move:

  1. Well paid with a future pension
  2. Optional out-of-hours and weekend working
  3. Flexibility of the role: partnership, salaried or locum, rural or urban, full-time or part-time
  4. Portfolio Career possible
  5. Opportunity to become a GP with a special interest
  6. Job satisfaction in the continuity and personal nature of the care you provide – patients refer to you as ‘my doctor’
  7. It’s not about coughs and colds – a GP is a general physician managing complex conditions
  8. Seeing people get better and being there throughout their recovery – a GP is the patient’s advocate and companion on many journeys
  9. Managing, not being – you are in charge of your working day
  10. Every day is different and interesting.

Why become a GP in Northants?

  • The standard of General Practice is very high and there is a welcoming GP community which meets regularly.
  • For young GPs we offer extensive training throughout the county with the opportunity to develop specialisations too.
  • Northants has some of the most advanced practices in the UK, some with extensive diagnostic facilities.

 

  • There’s the opportunity for a Portfolio Career enabling you to diversify your skill-set and specialise in a wider range of clinical areas that interest you.
  • Whether you’re looking for an idyllic country practice, a challenging city surgery or something in between, Northants GP has everything you could wish for.

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