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.