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Clinical Lead GP (Leighton Road Surgery)

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £12,000 per management & £11,000 per clinical session
Closing date
19 Oct 2023

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General Practice
Contract Type
Full Time

Clinical Lead GP

Salary: 12,000 per session per annum

Location: Leighton Road Surgery, Leighton Buzzard

Sessions: flexible, full/part-time roles and job share considered

The opportunities this role will give you:

  • Experience of medical leadership
  • Autonomy to develop the service with the lead nurse and the practice manager to meet the needs of the patients you serve
  • Support from senior medical leader
  • Access to a funded 5 year Red Whale training package
  • Working with the wider primary care team as we are undertaking some ground-breaking work including working with emergency medicine consultants in primary care.
  • Opportunities to work closely with mental health and community services teams within the locality
  • Comprehensive training in QI and opportunities to lead QI projects
  • Being involved in work to tackle health inequalities
  • Support to become a GP trainer if desired
  • Full admin support for our clinical team to be provided by the new GP Support Unit in development, so that you can focus on clinical care
  • Potential for support with relocation allowance
  • A dedicated well-being team currently developing and offering new benefits to staff such as support with car packages

If you would like to discuss this role further, or have any questions please email our Executive Lead for Primary Care Dr Vaishali Ashar on

Applications will be via Trac Jobs

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit an experienced general practitioner who will is capable of leading a service, developing that service and enabling all those within the service team to provide the best care possible to their patients in line with the Trust strategy.

About us

Our mission is to provide patients at Leighton Road Surgery with high quality, easy and convenient access to a GP or nurse when they need it. Our core values and principles are:

  • Patient-centric - Putting patients at the heart of everything we do.
  • Quality - Providing the highest standard of care and treatment.
  • Ethical - Operating within an ethical framework through openness and transparency.
  • Passionate - Being passionate about enhancing caring for our patients.
  • Teamwork - Supporting and sharing with all members of our team and partners.

The surgery has an active Patient Participation Group to represent patient views and help us plan for the future.

Continued improvement led by staff and patients in partnership has seen Leighton Road Surgery (LRS) rated as 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

As a practice we work closely with the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Training Hub to support our staff with training and development offers to help you to thrive within the NHS Primary Care family.

Through the BLMK Training Hub you will be able to access a variety of training and development opportunities including:

  • 1:1 coaching
  • A variety of education and training programmes
    • HCA Training
    • Strategic Education Programme
    • CPD Programme
  • Funding to undertake portfolio career opportunities
  • Health and wellbeing offers including funded access to the ShinyMind app which provides daily wellbeing and resilience support

Job description
Job responsibilities

As a GP, you will be able to receive a variety of support offers throughout your career and will be supported by the Training Hub GP Workforce Leads who can provide advice and support.

If you are new to practice (within one year of completing your CCT), you will be able to join the New to Practice Programme which is a two-year programme offering you the opportunity to take part in CPD activities, peer support networks and to learn more about how general practice and primary care fits into the wider health system.

You will also be supported to become a GP trainer if you are interested in GP education or will have the opportunity to apply for a GP Fellowship or to access fully funded mentoring and coaching throughout your career.

In addition, the following perks are also available:

  • Good parking
  • Quality Improvement (QI) embedded approach to innovation and continuous improvement
  • Great leadership team
  • Staff development opportunities
  • Informal on-site visits encouraged

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification
Clinical Responsibilities

  • Work autonomously and be accountable for their own professional actions
  • Maintain and comply with the requirements of registration with the GMC and maintain registration on a performers list in England
  • Ensure they have adequate indemnity insurance in place, this will include 'run off' cover and access to medicolegal advice. The clinical lead GP will be indemnified by the Trust for all clinical work carried out in this role.
  • Undertake clinical practice at an advanced level using expert knowledge and clinical skills to deliver holistic care to people accessing primary care services
  • Engage in all usual administration activity associated with day-to-day general practice
  • oMake onward referrals where appropriate
  • Undertake home visits as appropriate
  • Undertake telephone triage, video and telephone consultations as needed
  • Keep up to date with clinical developments, local and national guidance
  • As a prescriber engage in all usual activity to ensure safe prescribing
  • Maintain high standards of record keeping
  • oEngage in clinical audit, quality assurance processes and medicines management activity as necessary
  • Undertake all duties and responsibilities associated with a GP working within primary care, including a full range of medical services as defined in the core PMS/GMS contract and additional and enhanced services where appropriate
  • oLead on coordinating practice work to achieve the best clinical performance possible in areas such as QOF performance, national vaccination and screening programs. Develop action plans to address any issues regarding clinical performance

Strategic Management and Planning

  • Contribute to the management of transformation within the practice in line with the changing needs of the practice population
  • Help the practice to align with the ELFT Trust values and lead on developing practice processes to allow this to happen
  • Contribute to developing the role of the practice within the local PCN and also the wider STP including developing professional links with clinical colleagues across the PCN and STP
  • Lead the practice participation in PCN work and contribute to work to deliver contracts such as the PCN DES
  • oLead on the development of priorities for clinical work within the practice
  • Contribute to work within ELFT to integrate primary care, mental health and community services

Staff Management

  • Providing local support to the practice clinical team with respect to training, mentoring and strategic role development
  • Working as a liaison between the practice team and the primary care directorate management team
  • Participate in the recruitment of new practice clinical staff
  • Act as a line manager for the salaried GP's

Organisational Responsibilities

  • Helping the practice to adopt and maintain relevant Trust wide processes such as contributing to and taking part in directorate management team (DMT) meetings, quality assurance group (QAG) meetings, CQC readiness work, health and safety meetings, equality and diversity meetings, maintaining a risk register, developing and nurturing a quality improvement culture and being a leader for change
  • oLinking clinical work in the practice with the wider work in ELFT

Patient Services and People Participation

  • Contribute to work that ensures care is delivered by the surgery in line with NHS contractual obligations, working with local and national guidance
  • Contribute to people participation strategies to align with the trusts vision for service user and carer involvement
  • Contribute to a 'working together group' with service users
  • Help to foster a culture that prioritises patient and public involvement in all aspects work at the surgery

Information Management and Technology

  • Contribute to IT development with an emphasis on delivery of clinical services
  • Keep up to date with and develop skills in primary care IT


  • Develop ways for the practice team to communicate effectively with one another
  • Foster an open dialogue across the practice team that allows everyone to feel their voice is heard
  • Strive to continuously improve the two-way communication with service users and carers and actively encourage people participation regarding clinical services
  • Encourage members of your team to create their own networks across the rest of the Trust
  • Develop strong positive communication links with the local population including voluntary organisations

Practice Leadership

  • Provide visible clinical leadership, in conjunction with the directorate management team and work to develop a stable, happy, functional environment that allows the practice to move forwards
  • oLead and develop the GP team. Work with the Primary Care Lead Nurse to develop the nursing team
  • Embody the trust values of 'we care, we respect, we are inclusive'
  • Actively encourage all members of the practice team to share leadership roles so that they feel empowered and engaged
  • Maintain the best features of the practice whilst at the same time ensure it reflects the values of East London Foundation Trust
  • Represent the practice externally and be outward facing e.g. working collaboratively within the local primary care network and STP, representing the practice and the Trust at CCG events, meetings with wider stakeholders etc
  • Act as a link with the other ELFT primary care services and foster close working relationships across these services

Governance and Quality Assurance

  • Be the governance lead / Caldicott officer within the practice including assisting the Trust's Caldicott Guardian e.g reviewing consent overrides in clinical systems and reviewing and signing off SI's. Note the Lead is not required to be the CQC Registered Manager
  • Develop clinical governance strategies, systems and processes and ensure the active participation by all medical staff
  • Chair a monthly practice based clinical governance meeting and lead the implementation of improvement plans to address any quality assurance issues
  • Attend the monthly directorate Quality Assurance Group and act as a link between practice and directorate level quality assurance processes
  • Develop a good working knowledge of the Trusts quality assurance workstreams of service user led accreditation, CQC readiness, Trust wide audits, directorate audits and Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREM's). Lead this work with the practice team
  • Lead work to respond to national patient feedback surveys and develop action plans in response to the survey results
  • oHelp to develop and maintain a practice-based risk register with an associated action plan to address any risks
  • Act as the lead clinician in the practice for the dissemination of alerts and planning responses to alerts as required
  • Promote an organisational culture committed to learning from complaints, incidents, audit, research and development
  • Engage with the trusts Datix program

Practice Management


  • Lead on clinical issues e.g. a)Working with the HR team to resolve issues relating to the poor performance of medical staff and the implementation of disciplinary procedures b)Ensuring appraisal, job planning and continuing professional development (CPD) takes place for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals c)Monitor quality and appropriateness of clinical care d)Peer support and review e)Clinical protocol development f)Correct clinical policies and procedures are in place g)Clinical staff appraisal h)Clinical audit and research i)Recruitment, induction & appraisal of suitably qualified and experienced staff j)Investigation of incidents and complaints k)Clinical record keeping and documentation l)Management of conflicts between clinicians m)Management of clinician impairment or behavioural issues
  • Participate, in conjunction with the directorate management team, in planning and monitoring the practice budget. Develop plans to address any practice overspend in partnership with the practice manager
  • Work with the directorate management team to ensure the practice offers high quality care and meets it's agreed budget including revenue opportunities

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