The GP Assistant role is new to Primary care and was introduced to help relieve GPs’ administrative burdens, clinical correspondence and day-to-day tasks that will help to relieve pressures in general practice. GPs and their teams are under intense pressures, so support from GP Assistants will help free up time for GPs to focus on frontline care and complex patients. GP Assistants will work closely with patients, management teams, partners and external contacts.
What does a GP Assistant do?
- Manage GP rotas
- Manage GP leave
- Manage locum bookings
- Manage medical student timetable
- Ensure that appropriate services are contacted/advised of patients discharge from hospital
- Interpret results
- Triage patients
- Perform clinical coding
- Call external organisations to arrange treatment and referrals for patients
- Review Duty Doctor worklists, documents/results and forward as required
- Undertake administration generated by the Duty Doctor as needed e.g. reviews of home visit requests, obtaining further information and liaising where necessary with other health care workers
- Process transfer of information to referral forms
- Liaise with the secretarial team and provide support as required by the business
GP Assistant Certificate - the course to obtain this qualification requires the learner to study one day a week, within the practice, and includes both web-based training and practical sessions with a GP mentor. Some time may also be spent with a practice nurse and/or GP to provide training in simple clinical duties, for example blood pressure monitoring.