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Induction & Refresher GP Stories - Kevin

Dr Kevin Weaver, 61, took early retirement 2013 to look after his poorly wife who sadly later passed away. After a few years, he realised he missed the challenge of being a GP and found the I&R scheme. He felt that the scheme offered the personal and financial support he needed to make his dream a reality.

He started his supervised placement in October 2018 and now works two days a week as a locum for the Springwell Medical Group in Sunderland. He intends to continue working for the foreseeable future.

I took early retirement in 2013 to look after my poorly wife who sadly later passed away. By the summer of 2018 I realised I missed the challenge of being a GP. It takes so long to gain your licence to practice; it seems a shame to let it go. I wanted to keep my hand in and I know that I’m needed.

I accidentally found the GP Induction and Refresher Scheme and thought that they offered the personal and financial support to make my dream a reality.

Three months of form filling, refresher education and an entertaining and straightforward exam led me to start my clinical, educationally supervised general practice for three months from Oct 2018.

I don’t think I would have come back without the scheme. The scheme provided financial support, a clinical placement and an educational supervisor. It equips you for coming back, because things have changed over the last six years.

My educational supervisor made me a better doctor than I have ever been because he inspired me to listen more to patients before deciding how to treat them, consequently I enjoy the work without noticing the clock.

I am doing two days a week locuming at the practice where I was educationally supervised on the scheme: Springwell Medical Group in Sunderland.

I’ve always felt privileged being a GP. I’m very glad that I came back because not a day goes by when I don’t get great feedback from a patients. It’s highly rewarding.

I enjoy knowing that when I go into work I’m always learning and am amazed by what I see. It keeps me invigorated.

I intend to work for the foreseeable future for me and the benefit of patients and the NHS. I can see myself doing this for many years.