NHS Salaried General Practitioner- Tongue Medical Practice

Full Time, permanent positions – 40 hours per week

Salary: £87,431 to £98,555 per annum

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to become part of a small team of Rural GP’s providing excellent primary care services to the active and resilient community of Tongue.

Job Summary:

The post holder is responsible for providing safe, effective and efficient primary care medical services to patients of Tongue Medical Practice. To work with the Tongue Medical Practice Team and associated 2C Salaried practices to ensure the achievement of NHS Highlands’ aims and objectives and to ensure the efficient and effective running of the service as a whole. To ensure excellent patient care and continuous quality improvement.

Key Responsibilities:

Following NHS Highland (NHSH) policies, protocols and guidelines, duties will include:


1. Taking clinical responsibility for registered patients and maintaining appropriate records of treatment given and services provided following GMC guidance and good clinical practice.
2. Offer and carry out consultations and where appropriate, physical examinations for the purposes of identifying and reducing the risk of illness, disease or injury, including immediately necessary, emergency and temporary patients.
3. In accordance with the practice timetable the GP will make him/herself available to undertake a variety of duties including surgery consultations, telephone consultations, Duty doctor responsibilities, home visits and care homes, checking and signing prescriptions, dealing with queries and paperwork (including Docman) and correspondence in an efficient and timely manner.
4. Give advice to patients on general health matters including alcohol, smoking, misuse of drugs etc.
5. Offer and provide immunisations as appropriate.
6. Arrange for the referral of patients, as appropriate using SCI-Gateway.
7. Provide family planning and contraceptive services.
8. Compiling and issue computer generated prescriptions in accordance with the NHSH Formulary and guidelines whenever this is clinically appropriate.
9. Dispense medication if dispenser not available and to do regular Controlled Drug checks (site specific).
10. Carry out and review medication prescribing.
11. Participate in child health surveillance and child immunisation programme.
12. Provide maternity medical services and minor surgery services were appropriate, where GP meets local eligibility criteria.
13. Actively participate/ cooperate in the management arrangements of the practice and in the work of the primary healthcare team.
14. Participate in the effective and efficient management of chronic diseases.
15. Maintain appropriate levels and means of communication with other agencies for whom care is being given to the patient for whom the practice is responsible.
16. Working supportively alongside clinical and administrative colleagues in ensuring the highest standard of care for all Practice patients.
17. Maintain accurate, contemporaneous and correctly coded records to relevant professional and practice standards and guidelines.
18. Care Homes – Provide appropriate GMS Care to patients in Care Homes by telephone and visiting as clinically required.
19. Participate in annual flu vaccination clinics and other as required including potentially any Covid booster clinics if that becomes necessary.
20. The implementation of the 2018 GP Contract may impact on activities undertaken in General Practice, including some of the items noted from 4 to 19.

Teaching and training:

1. Participate in the GP Appraisal and revalidation process
2. Participate in the educational and training events. TURAS
3. If appropriate participate in teaching in attached practices
4. Contribute to the development of the Tongue Medical Practice and support the education of other team members
5. Participate in the organisation’s Annual Mandatory and Statutory Training Modules


1. Communicate effectively with clinical and non-clinical colleagues to ensure the smooth running of the service
2. Communicate closely and effectively with the Practice Manager
3. Liaise with members of the primary health care team, integrated team, hospitals and other agencies to ensure appropriate care is provided to patients.
4. Communicate effectively with patients and carers, recognising their needs for alternative methods of communication
5. Demonstrate sensitive communication styles to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment.
6. Communicate difficult and often unpleasant or sensitive messages to patients and families.
7. Participate in meetings as required.

Organisation and Quality:

1. Recognise and work within own competence and the professional code of conduct for doctors as set out by the GMC.
2. Must be included on NHSH Performers list and registered with the GMC.
3. Must be a member of a recognised medical defence society.
4. Following NHSH policies including Security and Information governance.
5. Deliver administrative tasks promptly and efficiently.
6. Prioritise and manage own and others workload in a manner that maintains and promotes high service and quality standards to ensure effective time management within the team.
7. Deliver care to local and national standards including SIGN Guidelines, GMS contract guidance, Highland Formulary, Highland Shared Clinical Guidelines and evidence based care.
8. Evaluate the quality of the work of self and team, using the audit cycle when appropriate and implementing improvements where required.
9. Participate in quality improvement initiatives, including, Local Cluster Quality Initiatives, Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Primary Care initiatives, Significant Event Analysis, peer review and review of complaints. Cooperate fully and openly with the investigation of patient complaints (or other investigations) including drafting responses to complaints as appropriate
10. Support and work towards the achievement of national and local standards.
11. Support the aims and objectives of the organisation and contribute to the ongoing development of the service as required.

Information Technology:

1. Review, enter and process data using accurate Read codes and good record structure in order to ensure easy and accurate information retrieval for monitoring, financial and audit processes.
2. Timely assessment of incoming electronic and paper correspondence relating to patient and non- patient information as required using DOCMAN, VISION, GP2GP,
3. Understand and follow the requirements of confidentiality (including the Data Protection Act) and the Freedom of Information Act and to refer on any queries as appropriate, whilst working both onsite or remotely.
4. Follow individual practice and NHSH policy regarding the use of email and computer tasks as the main internal method of non-verbal communication and the use of the intranet and internet as the main source of internal and external information, including the retrieval of relevant information for patients on their condition.
5. Maintain knowledge and skills in the use of technology including Vision, Docman, Teams and Near Me.

Equality and Diversity:

1. Act as a role model in the observance of equality and diversity good practice.
2. Act in a way that recognise the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with procedures.
3. Respect the privacy, dignity and beliefs of patients, carers, visitors and co-workers. They must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.
4. Follow the NHSH chaperoning policy.
5. Be aware of statutory procedures, local guidance and referral criteria regarding protection of children and vulnerable adults. Follow the guidance and policies and take action in an appropriate manner.

Health, Safety and security:

1. Apply infection control measures according to local and national guidelines
2. Use the personal security systems according to guidelines
3. Follow health and safety policies and guidelines, including fire procedures and those pertaining to clinical areas of risk.
4. Use safe working procedures and report incidents using the DATIX system.
5. Monitor work areas and practices to ensure they are safe and free from hazards and conform to health, safety and security legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines.


1. Give good and regular attendance
2. Maintain a tidy and organised work areas
3. Any other duties as requested, including covering for absent colleagues
4. All elements of Section 3. Job Information should be adhered to for both onsite and remote working.


Required Qualifications:

  • MB ChB
  • General Practice Vocational/ Specialty Training Certificate
  • Eligible for inclusion in the Primary Care performers list for NHS Highland.

GMC/Specialist Registration:

  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • On the GMC GP Register

Clinical Experience:

  • General practice care of patients

Teaching & Training:

  • All matters relating to GPVT/GPST
  • Knowledge and understanding of healthcare issues common in a remote and rural environment

Team Working & Interpersonal Skills:

  • Self motivated and Enthusiastic
  • Dependable
  • Team orientated
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Focused and proactive
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Competent time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary team working
  • Interest and evidence of CPD


  • Current Driving License


  • BASICS training
  •  GP Trainer

Clinical Experience:

  • Experience of working as part of a large organisation
  • Experience or special interest in eg.
  • Minor Surgery
  • Family Planning
  • Palliative Care

Teaching & Training:

  • Experience in previous training roles

Team Working & Interpersonal Skills:

  • Experience of Interest in Leading Change and Innovative Practice
  • Computer literate
  • Vision
  • Near Me
  • Applicants should complete an Application Form on the NHS Scotland National Recruitment portal. https://apply.jobs.scot.nhs.uk/. Please note we do not accept CVs.
  • All candidates and employees are afforded equal opportunities in the recruitment and selection process and in employment irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
  • Your personal information will not be sent with the application for short listing. The application form will be identified by the candidate number only to ensure that no applicant will be unfairly discriminated against.
  • NHS Scotland is exempt from the 1974 Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exclusions & Exceptions) (Scotland) Order 2003. As part of any offer of employment in regulated work candidates will be subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme membership.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 26th March 2023.

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