Below is a link to download the presentation I provided at the Psych Scene Masterclass on February 2nd and 3rd, 2019.
Here is an overview to help put the presentation in context:
In the presentation, I deal with practical tips and strategies in starting in private practice. A practice needs to be built up within the conditions underwhich you plan to work as well as the already available infrastructure. In your capacity as a psychiatrist in the private sector, the buck stops with you.
However, you need to be aware of the necessity of maintaining good relations with your colleagues as well as support staff, both clinical and non-clinical. Your front line admin person usually will have a good sense of patients and referrals.
Remember you are a member of the healing profession getting into a business venture. Set your fees at a reasonable level and when necessary do not be ashamed to bulk bill. Extend the courtesy you would expect from colleagues to those colleagues or immediate members of their family.
Succinct contemporaneous notes are mandatory and will help ease a lot of pain. You are entitled to see patients without a referral but in general it is best to work with a referring General Practitioner (GP). In the present set up it is best to get
the GP to handle physical issues, including relevant investigations and have them copied to yourself.
Generally, it is better to use technology but be aware of its pitfalls and take due precaution. Make sure you have the proper level of cover and you have provided accurate billing details to your indemnity insurance company.
A set of template letters will make your practice more efficient, eg Non-attendance, release of information and in ADHD letter authorising the GP to prescribe, which is required for him/her to apply for the permit.
When you are engaging in a more specialised practice you may require more information before seeing the patient. This is where a good system of getting information before hand is useful.
Beware of medico-legal issues and boundary violations.