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General practice has much to offer, providing many opportunities to apply your medical expertise and skills. With a national investment plan to help support and transform practices it’s a good time to train as a GP.

  • GPs are central to individuals, families and communities – you are uniquely placed to build relationships and provide continued care for your patients, dealing with all stages of life

  • Every day presents different diagnostic challenges. Cases are often medically complex so you will have the opportunity to apply and develop your medical expertise and skills

  • There is scope to apply all aspects of medical training and develop a portfolio career. This give you the flexibility to combine leadership, academic or special clinical interests with general practice for example in child care, sexual health, cardiology, dermatology, gynaecology – the choice is yours

  • Primary care and the role of the GP is developing. In practice you are likely to work with or lead a multi-disciplinary team.

General practice enables you to explore further opportunities working for example as an educator, in urgent care /A&E, sports teams, community rehabilitation, on expedition, CCG board, stadiums and gigs, health tech, media journalist and magazine work.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has produced a series of videos and a Think GP guide about a career in general practice.

ITV This Morning’s Dr Zoe Williams explains how she built a portfolio career around her special interests:

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Read these reports: The future of primary care creating teams for tomorrow and By choice not by chance a look at students experience through medical school. Find out more about pursuing a career as a GP or academic GP training.

There’s nothing general about general practice.