Written by
RCGP

Published
03 Oct 2016

Think GP

03 Oct 2016 • by RCGP

Now is the time for a career in general practice

Maureen Baker Chair RCGP

“Although the challenges of being a GP in the current climate have been well documented, the opportunities offered by a future career in general practice have never looked more exciting.

The expert generalist skills of GPs have never been more in demand. And, as care is shifted out of hospitals, GPs will increasingly lead multi-professional teams to provide new integrated services for patients in their communities, using a wide range of medical skills.

GP practices are part of the fabric of their local communities, and the relationship that family doctors build with their patients over time remains a key reason why, when properly resourced, it is one of the most satisfying jobs there is.

A career in general practice offers a great deal of flexibility. It allows you to fit the job around other major commitments, such as having a young family. It gives you the chance to practise in the region of your choice and to decide whether to be wholly a generalist or to develop skills in a specific area as a GP with a special interest.”