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 3 local training schemes in Peterborough, Huntingdon and Cambridge, run by local GPs working with Health Education England.
West Cambs GPST
Cambridge GPSTR
Peterborough GPSTP

Academic GPs

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.

GP Induction & Refresher

General Practice ST1

Recruitment timelines for 2023 to 2024 can be found here.

General Practice National Recruitment Office

Animated FAQs

GPNRO website

The GP career paths (YouTube) present case-study GP stories and the Choose GP section gives detailed information on choosing GP as a career path.

Choosing General Practice – Your Questions Answered – YouTube


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.


Work Experience

You can find more information on work experience for aspiring medics here:

RCGP: Observe GP – Interactive video platform | RCGP