GP Pause is a novel programme supporting GPs and practice teams when a GP takes a period of planned/unplanned extended leave. It is run through the Derbyshire GPTF (General Practice Task Force) and offers this support to all GPs and practices in Derbyshire.
GP Pause was set up because of a need identified and recognised through interviewing GPs and Practice Managers in Derbyshire. These interviews brought to light a lack of consistent support and guidance for both GPs and Practice teams when GPs had periods of extended leave. This gap in support was both during leave, but most particularly for the GPs return.
GP Pause offers 100% of GPs and Practices in Derbyshire both resources and signposting, to enable a personalised, supportive Pause, and return to work.
We recognise that GPs may have very different reasons for their ‘pause’ and different requirements for support during and returning to work. This programme is completely optional but highly recommended. It is suitable for periods of leave lasting 2 or more weeks. It provides a formalised framework to ensure both parties feel supported in planning ‘pauses’ in careers, improving communication around it with their practice and in creating a smooth transition for returning to work.
Benefits of the GP Pause Programme:
- Support planning your ‘Pause’ and return to work
- Signposting to support and resources during your pause
- Access to education updates
- A framework for both the GP and Practice to work to, to promote great communication around the ‘Pause’.
What is the Process?
Our webpages provide you with the forms and resources to follow this simple process, along with this downloadable pdf.
Planning the Pause – for GPs and Practices
Support during your Pause
Pondering the Pause – Top Tips
Pause as a Locum
What if my leave is Unplanned?
Our Top Tips . . .