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UK’s first digital tool for onboarding GPs marks clinical governance breakthrough

06-Dec-2018
UK’s first digital tool for onboarding GPs marks clinical governance breakthrough
Today marks the official national roll-out of a new ‘medic passport’, a digital solution designed by GPs and created by Dr Focused, to put an end to the shortfalls of offline clinical governance procedures and improve quality across primary care. The new solution will speed up the recruitment of GPs tenfold.

Designed by GPs, the new medic passport software is a simple, safe and compliant online HR software that recruits and onboards GPs, before giving the green light for them to start practising. Dr Focused reduces the time it takes to recruit GPs and eradicates the risks associated with human error.

Dr Focused’s new tool provides every GP with their own medic passport, which can be shared with other employers, helping them to avoid paperwork and the need to present legal certificates each time. The software also gives GPs access to their development plans and training that is on offer to them.

Dr Kit Latham, Founder of Dr Focused and the creator medic passport explains why GPs were central to the creation of the new machine learning tool:

“Spending quality time with patients is the most important part of being a GP – paperwork is tiresome, and distracting. I have worked with GPs to create a way to reduce the amount of time health workers spend doing paperwork. Together, we have created the fastest way for any doctor or healthcare worker to join a new employer, and to stay up-to-date.

“To ensure that our medic passport would give its users the best possible experience and outcome, we chose to test the service by working with an organisation that regularly employs lots of GPs, and one that has an ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating – GPDQ ticked both boxes.”

Responsible for shaping and testing the new tool is NHS GP and founder of GP on demand service GPDQ Dr Anshumen Bhagat, he comments:

“Until now all clinical governance has been manual and offline, leaving too much space for error, hence why so many organisations in UK primary struggle to remain compliant. Out of 30 Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports that proved to be unsafe - 90% of them were due to documents not being available. 

“I have a portfolio of NHS and private GP practices, so I am constantly searching for better, safer ways to manage every aspect of our service. I was therefore keen to advise the team at Dr Focused in the creation of the medic passport tool. At GPDQ we recruit many GPs each year, so this tool will play an important part in ensuring we remain compliant and live up to our recent ‘outstanding’ CQC rating as an organisation.

“In general practice, clinical governance encompasses both quality improvement and accountability. Systems for both must be developed fully if the highest levels of quality of care and professional performance are to be achieved – in my opinion, this can only be done effectively using a digital solution. I’m proud to say that GPDQ was the first organisation to adopt the new medic passport software.”