Wellbeing tips for new GPs

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You may think you understand the ins and outs of wellbeing after all your years of study, and indeed you do, but many GPs still find it difficult to pay as much attention to their own wellbeing than they do for their patients! Supporting your own physical and mental health is just as important as supporting your patients’ and your colleagues’. Healthcare is a naturally demanding role, so taking the time to lay the foundations for supporting your wellbeing from the beginning of you career will help you create healthy habits that will reduce the likelihood of burnout further down the line.

Stress, anxiety and burnout are common mental health challenges that doctors and medical professionals face, but there are many support outlets available to you should you feel overwhelmed at any point. It is important to remember that you are not alone, and doctors are just as entitled to healthcare support as any of their patients.

A great hub for mental health support and information can be found on the NHS site here.

What are the signs of stress and burnout for GPs?

Stress and burnout can happen at any stage in a doctor’s career, you may have just started out and found the pace of healthcare to be far faster and demanding than you were expecting, or have years of working at full pelt leading you to feelings of stress, anxiety, being overwhelmed, or burnt out.

Some of the warning signs you should be on the lookout for in yourself include:

  • Feelings of exhaustion or fatigue
  • Anxiety over your work performance
  • Feelings of irritability
  • A lack of motivation even for simple tasks
  • A shorter fuse to cope with your professional and personal tasks
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Headaches

Key Medical Services’ wellbeing tips for new doctors

As you already know, in an ideal world prevention is the best cure for supporting wellbeing. We’ve pulled together some helpful tips you can implement that will support your wellbeing before a problem occurs, and some practical measures to take if they do.

  • Look after yourself physically

Ensuring you get enough sleep, take regular breaks away from screens, get regular exercise, stay hydrated, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, wear comfortable shoes, etc., may seem like a far cry from supporting your mental wellbeing, but keeping your physical health in balance can significantly improve how you cope with stress and anxiety.

  • Recognise the signs

Staying vigilant for the tell-tale signs of stress and burnout will help you put the right measures in place to curtail them before they get out of hand. If you’re starting to notice you’re getting irritable and have lost motivation on tasks, it could be a warning sign to start taking control of your work schedule, cutback or look to get support to help you.

Regularly checking in with yourself to assess your work performance and your feelings will give you a good indication of what your baseline ‘ok’ is, and what stress and burnout look like.

  • Speak up

You never have to suffer in silence. You are part of a team all working towards the same end goal; helping people – and that includes each other.

Speaking up and asserting your limits will help your team understand where more support is required and give them ample time to make arrangements rather than let it get too far and cause additional stress and anxiety or even impact patient care.

  • Slow down

To anyone working in healthcare, the idea of slowing down within your role seems impossible, but it’s vital to your wellbeing. Taking the time to assess the full requirements of your tasks, schedule and responsibilities will allow you to properly manage your time without trying to achieve too much. Trying to do too much in a short space of time naturally leads to mistakes or oversights which will create additional stress or anxiety for you.

  • Seek support

Help is available in a variety of formats, you just have to ask. From support groups, to CBT and internal services, your mental health and wellbeing are a priority for the organisation you work for and should have a support outlet for you to use.

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The new GP’s guide to the medical register

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Once you’ve completed your training, placements, and exams you’re ready to take on the world of general practice. You get to administer high-level care, diagnoses, education and support to those that need it most. You have just a couple of additional steps to complete before you can start seeing and caring for patients.

One of these elements is the General Medical Council (GMC) register. This register is a list of doctors in the UK that outlines what type of registration they hold, their training and qualifications, as well as any other useful information. In an industry that is constantly evolving with emerging technology and changing patient demands, it’s important that new doctors uphold high standards of patient care and that medical professionals across the board practice medicine consistently.

What’s on the GMC medical register?

Doctors working in the UK are required to have full registration with a licence to work in unsupervised medical practice. As well as helping to support new GPs in achieving and exceeding set standards of care, the GMC also sets out a list of what procedures you need to be able to demonstrate either on your own or under supervision.

When you search for a GP on the GMC register, you’ll be able to find details of their:

  • Medical training and qualifications
  • Date of registration
  • Type of registration
  • Licence to practice
  • Practice history

GMC registration requirements

When you apply for roles at healthcare facilities, employers will check you are appropriately qualified before considering your application. As well as showing you have a license to practice, new GPs must hold the appropriate registration via the GMC. Before starting your online application to join the medical register, you will need to:

  • Check you are eligible
  • Compete an application
  • Pay a fee
  • Provide the required evidence
  • Attend an identity check

To make your application as quick and easy as possible, it is a good idea to get your documents all in one place beforehand, including scanning any physical copies so that they can be accessed online as PDFs. We also recommend creating an online account with the GMC as early as possible so that you can work on your application bit by bit. To successfully submit your application the exact requirements will be unique to the individual depending on circumstances, but the key specifications are:

Evidence of your primary medical qualification and EPIC verification

Your medical degree needs to be accepted by the GMC and from a reputable university. You also need verify it through EPIC.

Evidence of your internship or experience

You will need to provide evidence that your practical knowledge and skills reaches the high standards of patient care expected of UK doctors.

Demonstrating your knowledge of English

To ensure patient safety, GPs must demonstrate proficiency in English before they can start their clinical practice.

Your passport

Once your application is approved, you will need to verify your passport in-person for ID checks.

Your certificate of good standing

If you’ve been working as a doctor overseas, the GMC expects to see evidence that you are registered as a doctor with the relevant medical authority to practice in the UK.

Your activities for the last five years

The GMC would like to know what you’ve been up for the five years after finishing your studies. This can include activities such as:

  • Medical/non-medical work
  • Unemployment
  • Maternity leave
  • Study leave
  • Career breaks

Find your next GP position with Key Medical Services

If you are looking for advice on how to source assignments, our team of specialist consultants would be happy to guide you in this time. They can help you get your compliance levels up to 100% and help source the best opportunities that suit your career goals.

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Preparation before you qualify as a GP

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We know many GPs who are about to qualify are probably already looking ahead to the end of their exams and getting started in the exciting world of general practice!

As there are still quite a few things to get your head around before you qualify, it is good to prepare in advance so that you feel ready to make the move into general practice. To ensure you hit the ground running and make the most of the opportunities available to you, we have created a useful guide to help you get on top of what kind of specialist areas you could consider, as well as the necessary requirements and paperwork you’ll need to complete before you get started as a fully-fledged GP.

Consider your GP career options

As you draw towards the end of your medical training, it’s important to spend time considering how you would like to develop your career long-term. Perhaps you see yourself transitioning into a leadership role with more management responsibility, entering a partnership or developing a speciality interest like diabetes or children’s health.

Whatever your personal preferences, there are many career options available to new GPs and thinking ahead will allow you to make the transition from training to working in practice as seamless as possible. While you prepare for your final exams (if you haven’t completed them already), try asking yourself the following three questions:

How do you want to work?

As you’ll already be aware, working in general practice isn’t just one career. In fact, it’s quite the opposite and can be broken down into the following options:

  • Freelance GP
  • Salaried GP
  • Partnership
  • Out of hours GP
  • Portfolio GP

Where do you want to work?

GPs also work in a variety of healthcare settings, from hospitals with roles in accident and emergency centres, to community clinics, GP surgeries and in residential and nursing homes. It’s important to consider the pros and cons of each environment and which you think you’d suit the best when weighing up your options.

Where do you see yourself long-term?

When thinking about your GP training pathway, consider the hoops you need to jump through to get from A to B. For example, if you’re looking to develop a speciality there will be further training and experience you’ll need to gain to do so.

Steps to take before applying for GP roles

As you can see, the end of your medical training is just the beginning of your new journey in general practice. It’s important to bear in mind that choosing one option does not close you off to the others and you can change paths to suit your personal circumstances at any time – as they are bound to change throughout your career.

However, before you start working as a doctor and applying for roles after you qualify, there is still some paperwork you need to complete in order to do so, such as:

  • Joining the NHS Performers List

You will need to be on the NHS Performers List to demonstrate you are up to date on your training and have passed the necessary background checks to administer care. To register, you will need to download an application form from the National Performers Website and have your ID documents and certificates such as your DBS check and your graduate or postgraduate training to hand.

  • Getting your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)

Your certificate will be awarded to you upon successfully completing your GMC approved training programme. Around four months before your expected completion date, you should receive an invitation from GMC and apply online as soon as you can.

How joining a medical recruitment agency can help prior to qualifying

Hunting for jobs after you qualify as a new GP can be challenging without any prior experience in the market. Compared to other sectors, working in healthcare can also prove more difficult as it involves filling out the correct medical forms, going through a few rounds of in-depth interviews and ensuring your compliance information is up to date.

Sourcing roles through a medical recruitment agency can help to take away the stress of the hiring process, as well as be a great source of ongoing career support and guidance. When looking ahead to the end of your training, it would be wise to consider reputable agencies as they will help you to find your perfect job in the right location.

Find your next GP position with Key Medical Services 

If you are about to qualify as a new GP and enter the world of work in healthcare, our team of specialist consultants would be happy to guide you in this time. From offering career advice to providing support with sourcing assignments, they’ll be sure to help you find the best opportunities to suit you and align with your long-term goals. They will also help you to get your compliance levels up to 100% so that you never miss an opportunity.

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Transitioning from trainee to general practice

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It’s an exciting time transitioning from a trainee to general practice and must feel like a long-time coming. Though it’s no secret that the practical reality of working as a new GP will be different from your studies and training and it’s good to feel prepared for what lies ahead. To ensure you hit the ground running, it’s important to understand the realities you may face day to day and how to navigate them successfully, laying the foundations for a great career in general practice.

That’s why we’ve prepared a breakdown of what you can expect from a typical day in the life of a GP, and how you can seamlessly adapt to any healthcare setting you choose to work in with some practical tips.

Understanding the pressures in general practice

Being a doctor has its ups and downs like any role, you get a lot of positivity from the people you help on a day-to-day basis, but realistically there are some more challenging parts to accommodate too. Administration and record keeping will become a significant part of your role and you may have to overcome some obstacles and take uncomfortable feedback on board if a patient should raise a complaint.

Some typical pressures that doctors face include:

  • Time management
  • Record keeping
  • Stress and burnout
  • Complaints
  • Paperwork

But it’s not all doom and gloom! Believe us, being a GP is one of the most rewarding careers you could possibly choose and you get to work with multidisciplinary teams who are all working towards a common goal of helping people. Camaraderie, friendship and teamwork are the mainstays of working in primary care that doctors are supported by. However, it is always good to be as prepared as possible and to go into any role with your eyes wide open to all the ins and outs.

What does a normal day look like for a GP?

As you approach entering general practice after your training and studies, you may wonder what your typical day will look like once you are employed. We’ve sketched out what a typical day might look like, focusing on the remote applications of general practice and what you’ll have to complete on a day-to-day basis.

07:30 – Arrive at the GP practice, grab some tea of coffee and check in with the team. Review any notes from the day before or previous out of hours doctor on any appointments you may be conducting today.

Check through emails, flag any requirements or referrals that are needed.

08:00 – The phones start ringing as people start to make appointments, your own appointments start and you begin calling your patients for 10-minute phone assessments.

11.50 – Morning sessions have finished and you spend the next 40 minutes following up on any paperwork, referrals, blood test bookings, messages, emails or admin that got pushed to the side during your morning telephone appointments.

12.15 – Grab some lunch, tea, biscuit, pass on any relevant messages to your team.

13.00 – You may be making house calls for those who need physical examination but are too unwell or frail to come to the practice.

14.30 – Back at the surgery to make the afternoon’s round of telephone appointments. They’re back to back so the afternoon passes quickly.

18.00 – You check in with any patients that needed follow ups that day and finalise any outstanding paperwork or admin. Complete your referrals and letters for the day.

19.30 – Head home, proud of what you’ve achieved for people who needed your help.

The specifics of what you do will depend on how and where you work. Permanent doctors who work in hospitals will have a very different daily breakdown to contract GPs working in surgeries or GPs that run specific clinics on certain days.

Find your next GP position with Key Medical Services  

 If you are about to qualify as a new GP and enter the world of work in healthcare, our team of specialist consultants would be happy to guide you in this time. From offering career advice to providing support with sourcing assignments, they’ll be sure to help you find the best opportunities to suit you and align with your long-term goals. They will also help you to get your compliance levels up to 100% so that you never miss an opportunity.  

Register today