Until a decade ago, becoming a partner was the usual career path for a GP. This is no longer the case, with many reasons accounting for the drop in its popularity. There are however still many thriving partnerships in the country with over 17,000 GPs in partnership positions (as of June 2021).
When you’re an independent GP however, the story is very different! Imagine running behind in clinic and trying to find a tongue depressor in a Practice to examine a throat. Or not finding the right BP cuff to take blood pressure.
Post CCT is a period where many doctors start trying to dig out old CVs or even write their first ever one. For me, my CV was certainly out of date and I wasn’t quite sure how to start writing a CV targeted to GP job applications. I found it hard to find any reference material and so relied on the help of some of my senior colleagues to guide me.
When I (Dr Pooja Arora) completed GP training I spent my initial years as a Locum GP with the aim of getting a feel of local practices. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the flexibility and networking opportunities Locum GP work offered me, especially with a 6 month old baby at home. Over the years I developed my own systems and methods to make my life simple and enjoyable. In this blog I will share with you 10 things about working as Locum GP I wish someone had told me when I first started.
After completing GP training a large proportion of you will go on to having a Salaried GP job. Without doubt there are many benefits to a role like this – continuity of care, employment rights, job security to name a few. Unfortunately however many Salaried GPs do not understand their rights or contract before accepting a role, which may lead to challenges further down the line.
A common question posed by GP trainees is “do I need any more qualifications after my CCT to increase my chances of getting a job?”. The short answer is ‘no’ and the long answer is ‘it may help’. I shall explain the vague answer in more detail as this dichotomy can lead to confusion – hence the regularity of which I’m asked this question.
Finally, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Soon you will no longer be a trainee and will become an Independent General Practitioner. You’ve finished your portfolio requirements, passed your exams but what next?
Well, just before you can work as a fully qualified GP there is one last hurdle to overcome – joining the Performers List.