Being a GP is a job embedded in the local community, with patients, within a team of primary care and community staff. We see patients every 10 minutes with an enormous range of complaints – physical, emotional and social. We diagnose, treat and refer patients for specialist care. By listening, questioning, examining and investigating we look after individuals, families and communities from “cradle to grave”. We work with local public health teams, schools, statutory and voluntary bodies to keep patients healthy, and identify and treat disease. GPs also often develop a specialist interest, whether running a business (being a GP partner), becoming a teacher, or developing a clinical speciality.
GP training is a 3 year speciality training scheme after the initial 2 foundation years training undertaken by all newly qualified medical students. It is usually a combination of time working in hospital and in an accredited training practice under the supervision and support of a GP trainer.
Depending on your stage in preparing to be a GP, more information can be found through the following links:
Once you are ready to apply for GP training, the 3 year training scheme has a single application route, wherever you want to work, details of which can be found here:
HEE – Applicant Guidance – General Practice ST1
There are opportunities to pursue an academic career at various stages in General Practice – Academic GPs
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If you are returning to General Practice or hoping to move to the UK from overseas, then the induction and refresher scheme is designed to provide a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS general practice in England.
Please click here to visit the GP Hub.
NHS produce the GP career support pack which sets out the various types of support available to general practitioner’s at all stages of their career, whether in their first five years, mid-career, nearing retirement or after taking a career break.