Vacancy: Salaried General Practitioner – Maternity Cover

Accountable to:

  • Practice Partnership


  • 4 sessions per week

Responsible to:

  • Partners for clinical matters
  • Practice or Assistant Manager for all other matters


  • Available upon application

Job Summary

The post-holder will manage a caseload and deal with a wide range of health needs in a primary care setting, ensuring the highest standards of care for all registered and temporary patients. Duties will include but are not limited to, surgery consultations, telephone consultations and queries, visiting patients at home, checking and signing repeat prescriptions and dealing with queries, paperwork and correspondence, participation in duty doctor rota and enhanced access rota.


Clinical Responsibilities

The following are the core responsibilities of the Salaried GP.  There may be, on occasion, a requirement to carry out other tasks. This will be dependent upon factors such as workload and staffing levels:

  • The post-holder will make him/her-self available to undertake a variety of duties including surgery consultations, telephone consultations, visiting patients at home, checking and signing repeat prescriptions and dealing with queries, paperwork and correspondence as required.
  • Participation in duty doctor rota and enhanced access rota.
  • Make professional, autonomous decisions in relation to presenting problems, whether self-referred or referred from other health care workers within the organisation
  • Assess the health care needs of patients with undifferentiated and undiagnosed problems
  • Screen patients for disease risk factors and early signs of illness
  • Cover all the clinical management of the patients in surgery as appropriate including initiating investigations, reviewing results, making referrals to secondary care or to other providers as appropriate
  • In consultation with patients and in line with current Practice disease management protocols, developing care plans for health
  • Ensure appropriate follow up of patients 
  • Record clear and contemporaneous computerised consultation notes to agreed standards 
  • Compile and issue computer-generated acute and repeat prescriptions avoiding hand-written prescriptions whenever possible
  • Providing counselling and health education
  • Prescribe generically whenever appropriately and in accordance with the Practice prescribing formulary, NICE guidance and Good Prescribing Practice (as defined by British National Formulary guidance
  • Work with and support other members of the primary health care team in delivering high quality primary care 
  • Promote the application of standards and codes of Practice set by the Royal College of General Practice, General Medical Council, Department of Health, local governing bodies and CQC.
  • Play a role in the practice achieving agreed QOF and other key performance indicator targets. 
  • Take responsibility for targets and services allocated, e.g. a QOF area or an Enhanced Service. 
  • In general the post-holder will be expected to undertake all the normal duties and responsibilities associated with a GP working within primary care. 

Other Responsibilities within the Practice

  • Awareness of and compliance with all relevant Practice policies/guidelines, e.g. prescribing, confidentiality, data protection, health and safety
  • Commitment and contribution to achievement of the highest possible quality standards such as the QOF and other targets
  • A commitment to life-long learning and audit to ensure evidence-based best practice
  • Contribute to evaluation/audit and clinical standard setting within the organisation
  • Contribute to the development of computer-based patient records
  • Contribute to the summarising of patient records and Read-Coding patient data
  • Attend training and events organised by the Practice or other agencies, where appropriate.
  • Other duties or activities as agreed by the partners


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

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients' needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources


The post-holder should recognise the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:

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

Contribution to the implementation of services

The post-holder will:

  • Apply practice policies, standards and guidance
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
  • Participate in audit where appropriate


The post-holder will have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, Practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the Practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.

In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately.

Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the Practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the Practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data.


Health & Safety

The post-holder will assist in promoting and maintaining their own and others’ health, safety and security as defined in the practice health & safety policy, the practice health & safety manual, and the practice infection control policy and published procedures. This will include:

  • Identify the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks
  • Make effective use of training to update knowledge and skills
  • Use appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy and safe way and free from hazards
  • Report potential risks identified

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and 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 practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner that is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional development

The post holder will maintain continued education through attendance at any courses and/or study days necessary to ensure that professional development requirements for appraisal and revalidation are met. This may include training needed for areas of Practice Development.


Person Specification – Salaried General Practitioner

  Essential Desirable

Qualified GP
Current GMC full registration
Vocational Training Certificate or equivalent
Membership of recognised defence union
Currently on a performers list
Never been removed from a performers list for a detrimental reason
Copy of last DBS disclosure (a new DBS will be carried out if selected for recruitment)
A demonstrable commitment to professional development
Understands the importance of evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness
Evidence of recent self-directed learning or development
IUD fitting
Implanon fitting and removal
Recognised qualifications for GP
registrar training
Knowledge of the current issues facing primary care and the wider NHS
Experience Experience of Microsoft Office applications
Experience of GP Clinical IT systems
EMIS experience
Docman experience
Excellent communication (oral and written) and inter personal skills
Ability to listen and empathise
Good time management
Excellent keyboard and computer skills
Problem solving and a 'solutions focused' approach
Understanding of Clinical
Governance and quality issues as well as health and social policy
Sound clinical skills
Ability and success in the implementation of change and/or service development within an organisation
Initiative and drive
Pleasant and articulate
Able to work under pressure
Self-motivated and positive
Empathetic, honest, caring
Adaptable and forward looking
Enthusiastic and energetic
Diplomatic and considered
Hard working, willing and flexible
Observance of strict confidentiality
Ability to use own judgement, resourcefulness and common sense.
Other Flexibility of working hours to meet the needs of the practice’s clinical commitment
Car driver