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New pressures on staffing levels within General Practice

Posted on 8/10/2020 by Grace Keenan

GP Surgery

Throughout the pandemic, the NHS has been under an immense amount of pressure, and there is no sign of this easing as we enter the winter months. The BMA recently reported that within General Practice, the impact on both clinicians and patients has been significant. Surgeries have had to adjust to moving many of their appointments online and many patients are dealing with longer waiting times.

As we move into October, GPs face an increasingly complex and intense workload due to keeping up with rising demands and increased levels of staff sickness. Roles advertised for GP support, such as receptionist, secretary or admin often requires previous experience of using specialist software, such as Docman and Emis Web. The high number of applicants who apply for these roles without the specialist skills needed is making recruitment difficult for GPs as they are unable to find suitable candidates.

2020 has seen guidelines for the flu vaccine change, with this being the first time the vaccine will be offered to the over-50s. The heightened demand for the flu vaccine has caused worries about the levels of stock and availability for the more vulnerable groups, including the over-60s and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Over the last couple of weeks TPP has seen an increase in demand for temporary support within GP Practices.  There has been an influx of vacancies from surgeries where our clients have needed support with recruitment services, and this can contribute to a more challenging environment with both patients and staff feeling the pressure; so how can TPP help?

Temporary Recruitment

Higher levels of staff sickness generally and many staff members having to isolate while waiting for their COVID-19 test results, has meant added pressure on remaining staff to pick up the additional work. We are able to provide experienced non-clinical staff at short notice for ad hoc and long term cover within the surgery, which can go some way in relieving permanent members of staff, allowing them to focus on their own day to day responsibilities.

Permanent Recruitment

We are able to advertise vacancies for you and manage all responses, as well as reaching out to our own network of experienced receptionists, secretaries, and admin staff. We will then interview candidates virtually and asses their suitability, cutting down the workload placed on the surgery.

If you are interested in finding out more about our services please, contact Grace Keenan on 020 7198 6080 or email