What newbies need to know


So you want to do private work? Entering private practice for the first time can be an exciting time but there are traps if you are unprepared. Worrying about how to go about it and what you need to be aware of is natural. Dr Karen Ellison answers some common questions.

What do I need to know about private practice and the GMC?

The GMC requires all doctors to be registered and to hold a licence to practise, whether they work in the NHS or private practice.

Independent practitioners must still have regular appraisals, be subjected to revalidation and must remain resolutely fit to practise. Obviously, your ethical, clinical and professional standards must withstand scrutiny by the regulator. The GMC guidance within Good Medical Practice (2013) applies to all doctors no matter where they practise in the UK.

What do I need to look out for with regards to defence cover for private practice?