There are several benefits of choosing to train as a GP in Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) these include the Single Employer contract model, medical indemnity package and communications packages.
Single Employer Acute Trust (SEAT) contract
GP trainees in KSS will have one employer throughout their training, which will be an Acute Hospital Trust, in a process called Single Employer Acute Trust arrangement (SEAT).
This has many advantages, including continuous employment, the ability to develop a relationship with an employer who has wide experience of employment issues and should you require it, a support structure and access to services such as Occupational Health.
During placements in other Trusts and General Practice trainees work supported by an honorary contract. Further information is available on the Single Employer Acute Trust webpage.
Medical indemnity package
The KSS GP School has organised a pre-purchased medical indemnity for all trainees under the SEAT arrangement and trainees will be invited to sign up for this package upon commencement of training.
This means that trainees will not need to fund their own medical indemnity, as payment will be made direct by the KSS Primary Care Department. Further information is available on the medical indemnity webpage.
The KSS GP School has also negotiated a range of educational resources to be made available by our medical indemnity supplier. This includes workshops accessed by our GP Programme Directors on topics such as handling complaints and managing risk.
Communication skills for GP trainees
The English, Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Healthcare Practitioners course is intended for those GP trainees for whom English is not their first language and who understand that they need, or wish, to build more confidence in their use of English. The course is run by the University of Kent.
KSS GP School has created an exciting initiative to provide opportunities for trainees to experience the work of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and be introduced to the skills of medical management and leadership.
The experience should give trainees an understanding of the principles and processes that underlie the delivery of healthcare in the community. These are skills which have been identified as very important for GPs in the future. This is an innovative and unique educational development that the GP School is very pleased to support and has been evaluated very positively.