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GP Career Stories

Established GPs share why general practice is such a rewarding career.

Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies

Dr Dawn Harper worked full time in NHS practice before going on to work on a consumer health website about 15 years ago. She was subsequently invited to write for various publications before starting to work in TV and radio about 10 years ago. Today Dr Harper divides her week between NHS general practice and media work and she finds the two work well together.

Dawn says: “Working in NHS practice keeps me in touch with concerns of real people and the impact that media can have on their lives. Getting to know individuals and their extended family is a real privilege and helping people through difficult times is always rewarding.”

Dr Vicki Collinson, a GP in Bath

After studying at the University of Bristol, Vicki went on to complete her elective in space medicine for NASA in Florida. After returning, Vicki worked for 6 years as a prison GP and worked as a forensic medical examiner for the police.

Vicki says: “I chose GP as I wanted a varied career, covering all the specialities and to have more autonomy. I loved being a prison GP. It was great to do something different and the patient groups were so interesting”.

Vicki now works part time in Bath and enjoys teaching the next generation of GPs.

Dr Chris Trzcinski has been a GP for 25 years

After training for three years as a GP in Salisbury, Chris spent a year in Hokitika on the West Coast of South Island of New Zealand - about as far from a hospital as you can get in an English speaking town. On his return he became a Partner at a practice in Leicestershire, where he has been for 25 years. Chris has enjoyed a varied career including training GPs, special clinical interests and business management.

Chris says: “I liked the idea of seeing previously undiagnosed problems. It’s like being a detective, piecing together all of the evidence by simply listening to what people say”.

Dr William Norman has been a GP for 15 years and currently practices in Cirencester

After completely his GP training, William spent six months working in Australia before returning to the UK. After working as a locum for two years, William spent three years in a salaried position, working part-time while also running the local GP training scheme. He has been a full time partner in Cirencester since November 2005.

William says: “Spending a week sitting in with an inspirational GP partner in a training practice near Bristol inspired me to become a GP. I realised everything I liked about other specialisms I considered (Geriatrics, Psychiatry) was at the heart of GP, with the added bonus of continuity and getting to know people over years, which is very satisfying.”