There are many locum doctors performing roles across the UK and their services are vital for the smooth operation of the healthcare service.Some of those with locum jobs in the south of England have been spending time attending meet-up sessions, the Weston & Somerset Mercury reports.
The events, which are taking place in Weston, are intended as a means of enabling locum doctors and other medical experts to network with each other and discuss topical issues.They take place on a monthly basis during an afternoon and NHS North Somerset has described them as “useful”.
Commenting on the system for those with locum jobs and permanent roles, a spokesman said: “The system of shared learning does not happen on a regular date each month but it is issues-based and occurs when GPs working in Weston need to discuss aspects of clinical governance, urgent topical issues concerning the safeguarding of children.”
He added that comprehensive cover is provided for all patients during the meeting times. The representative noted: “Anyone needing urgent care is able to access a locum GP either in person or by telephone and surgeries remain fully staffed by nurses and admin teams.”NHS North Somerset employs a host of medical practitioners and other support staff to enable it to perform its role.
Established in April 2002, the organisation covers an area of around 145 square miles and serves a population of 199,000 people.It describes the patients under its jurisdiction as diverse and notes they range from those residing in the wealthy suburbs of Bristol to individuals in rural villages and the communities of seaside towns.Among the healthcare providers in its region are small, local surgeries and hospitals, as well as the large, high-profile acute and teaching trusts of Bristol. The primary care trust shares its borders with North Somerset Council.