Rachel McKeogh

GP Salaried Improvement and Crisis Response Team (GPICRT)

I joined the GPICR team in February 2019 directly after finishing my GP training. At this point the role was very new and I was unsure what to expect from it. Having only just completed my GP training I initially thought I might not have sufficient experience to help ‘practices in difficulty’ and I was apprehensive. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised and I have settled really well into this role. One of the main reasons for this is the great support structure that exists within our team. Lisa our senior manager is such a great support and is always there to help if there are any issues. She was also very understanding and encouraging during my return to work after maternity leave this year. She really helped make the transition back into GP life much easier! The team of salaried GPs is also always there to help both clinically and practically- even down to advising where to park if going to a new Practice. This role enables me to provide practical assistance to a GP Practice during a time they are in most need and as such I feel I am making a difference. I am delighted I decided to join the GPICR team. It has grown and developed so much since I started and hopefully will continue to evolve in a positive way!

Dr Eve Gilmore

GP Salaried Improvement and Crisis Response Team (GPICRT)

I have been working with the GP Practice Improvement and Crisis Response Team since 2019. I qualified as a GP in 2014 and worked for 2 years as a locum before taking up a Partnership in 2018. Due to unforeseen, and tragic circumstances, I was suddenly left single-handed in the Practice and due to go on maternity leave. Unfortunately this pre-dated the advent of the GPICRT and ultimately my position in the Practice became untenable.

After resigning my contract I was unsure of what my future in General Practice would look like – or even if I wanted one. I had no interest in becoming a partner again but the isolated working life of a locum didn’t appeal either as I had become used to working in a close knit team. The GPICRT had just start recruiting its first salaried GPs and I felt with my recent experience and current needs it could suit me well.

I love working with the team. Lisa, our Practice Manager Lead, is extremely approachable and supportive. The team of salaried GPs are in regular communication and act as a source of peer support. The Federation is an excellent body to work for  – well organised, positive and forward-facing.  Initially I had concerns that working for Practices in ‘crisis’ would mean constantly working in chaos but actually with the team already providing support to the Practices, and with Lisa coordinating our deployment to them, our work is well regulated and very rewarding. We also benefit from the statutory rights of employment, inclusion in the HSC pension and paid study leave/PDP sessions.

Richard Mayne

Salaried GP with GP Improvement and Crisis Response Team (GPICRT), Primary Care Research, Specialist Interest in MSK

I am a salaried GP employed by the GP Federation Support Unit. I have been working as a Federation Fellow since I completed GP training in August 2021. In this year-long, five days a week post I am developing a specialist interest in musculoskeletal medicine, having previously completed a master’s degree in sport and exercise medicine during GP training. I work in Federation musculoskeletal clinics one day per week. This has allowed me to become increasingly confident in assessing and managing a wide range of conditions, as well as performing a large variety of joint and soft tissue injections. I work three days per week for the GP Federation Improvement & Crisis Response Team (GPICRT), where I do normal GP work for practices that are in need of additional clinical support. This has involved me working in lots of different practices in the South Eastern, Belfast, Southern and Western areas. On the other day of the week I have been working towards a certificate in primary care leadership through Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), which has involved learning about different styles, theories and principles of leadership and how to apply these in primary care and other environments. Once I finish this post I hope to continue to work for the GP Federation in the GPICRT and in musculoskeletal clinics, as well as undertake further research relevant to primary care through QUB.