General Practice Doctor

Average Salary: £55,000 - £60,000
Competition: MID
Years Experience: 2-5 years

Job Summary

Remember those “Doctor, Doctor” jokes and the problems the patients had? Only a General Practice Doctor could have invented them... Luckily, their humour is no match for their skills in Medicine! Rather than specialising in a specific area of Medicine, a General Practice Doctor possesses very broad medical knowledge. Also known as a General Practitioner, they are usually the first point of contact in the community and use their wisdom to treat common medical conditions, by combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.

Duties

For a General Practice Doctor, their focus is very much ensuring overall good health and well-being for patients, combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care. They could be situated at your local surgery or in extreme cases paying you visit to your home. Let’s hope not the latter! They normally possess the following responsibilities:

  • One-to-one consultations within the local surgery or at home
  • Assessing an individual’s medical conditions and advocating the right course of action to take, which can include prescribing of drugs
  • Running speciality clinics for chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes
  • Promoting education of sustaining good health and well-being
  • Maintain patients’ records whilst completing official tasks such as sick notes and death certificates
  • Keeping up-to-date with new industry and medical developments

Key Skills & Characteristics

A General Practice Doctor should:

  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have the ability to put people at ease and inspire trust
  • Be caring whilst showing empathy and respectfulness
  • Be decisive and lead with their own knowledge confidently
  • Be thorough and have an attention to detail when solving issues

Entry Routes

Let’s not beat around the bush here. Becoming a Doctor is no joke and takes massive amounts of time and dedication. Meaning there are no shortcuts. All who wish to become a Doctor, must complete:

  • A degree in Medicine which has to be recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • A two-year foundation programmer of general training
  • Specialist training in general practice

Job Progression

Junior Doctor

General Practice Doctor

General Practitioner Principal

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Financial – Salary-wise, it is a good career to go into
  • New People – The variety of people you meet is always pleasing
  • Rewarding – Being to help people and seeing the benefits of your advice

The Bad

  • Long Hours – Long hours are often necessary
  • Consequences - Making an incorrect decision could be costly and dealing with the “if-only” guilt is part of the package
  • Support – As the surgery can be small, there can be a lack of a large support from healthcare professionals. Unlike in a hospital