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We have many queries regarding QOF from both practices and PCTs at this time of the year and thought it would be of benefit to all if we were to share those questions and answers. All questions will be anonymised so please, if you have a query, contact the EQUIP office and we can share the answer. There is a  link available on the EQUIP website, under Clinical Audit or click on link above.


  • Job Vacancy Adverts on EQUIP Website

There is a fee of £100 & VAT per month for NON members to advertise their vacancies on the EQUIP Website. This is still very good value for money and is extremely useful for staff recruitment. If you search for ‘GP Vacancies in Essex’ or Practice Nurse Vacancies in Essex on Google, we are amongst the top listed, so we know this is being viewed on a national perhaps international scale!. This month our vacancies page has received over 5600 hits.


  • Nurse Locums  
Just a reminder if you are looking for a nurse locum – we have details of  practice nurses with spare capacity. Details can be found on our website:    Click on the Nurse Locum Register tab on the left hand side

If you have spare capacity and would like to join the registers please complete the form which can be downloaded from our website and return to practice and locum negotiate directly regarding terms of engagement is a free service for the locum and the practice

A practice nurse has recently asked us to remove her name from the list and wanted me to share her feedback:

This is a wonderful concept and I could have worked seven days a week and split myself in three from the amount of phone calls I have received. I have enjoyed working as a locum to see how different surgeries work and it has enhanced my personal practice no end. It is a fabulous service and easy to use for both the surgeries and the nurses. My new full time job arose from a locum position”.
EQUIP Members OR Not????

EQUIP members are any staff who belong to a surgery that has paid the annual fee into the EQUIP Subscription Scheme, or individuals who have paid the annual fee of £120. 

The Membership year runs from 1st JULY to 30th JUNE each year.

EQUIP Members enjoy our courses at the subsidised rate or sometimes free of charge, they are also given priority when places are limited on certain courses.

Once the annual membership has been received we update our database, so that all staff at EQUIP are informed. We keep these listed in order of surgery code and would be grateful if you would quote your surgery code on all applications. This will make the process quicker and we will be able to return applications if they have been sent with the incorrect payment.

Delegates from Hospitals, Trusts or PCTs are generally NOT Members but are still welcome to attend our courses but will pay the non-member rate.


Important Notice for GPs and Practice Managers-  Warfarin Monitoring and HCAs

It has come to our attention that at least one practice is using healthcare assistants to do INR testing (which is fine if suitable training has been given). However they are then going on to advise about dosage. It is our firm advice that adjusting dosing requires a level of clinical knowledge and experience which healthcare assistants do not have. Warfarin prescribing is the highest risk area in our prescribing in primary care and should only be undertaken by experienced clinical staff.