There are many options available to GPs – the traditional career pathway of Partnership, Salaried or Locum GPs – or you could take a different path! Here are a selection of ideas for you to consider that could be done in addition to your normal GP work, or you could combine a few of the following options and create a unique Portfolio Career in General Practice.
There are many opportunities available, both locally and nationally for Fellowships.
Recently, there have been Quality Improvement, Research and Education Fellowships in Wessex. Details of these opportunities should be advertised on the Wessex Deanery Website. There are currently Fellows in “Medical Education”, “Dementia Care” and “Quality Improvement”.
Nationally, there are other Research and Clinical Fellowships available. For more information, go to the RCGP website.
Teaching & Education
There are a variety of ways to get involved in Medical Education including:
Supervising Foundation doctors in GP placements
Out of hours supervisors
Teaching medical students
For information on Medical Student teaching (this can be at the Medical School in Southampton or in your Practice), contact Deborah Rose or phone 02380 594263. If you are working in a GP Surgery that already takes students, you could ask them for contact details instead; you will need to attend a free, half-day introductory course. They also run a number of other free courses, e.g. how to do a mini-CEX, how to be a mentor, teaching tomorrow’s doctors, etc. Visit the website for more information.
The Wessex Deanery runs courses for GPs who would like to supervise GP trainees in the out-of-hours setting. The training comprises two free half-day sessions. For more information, contact Jane Carr or call 01962 718502
There are a few ways to develop specialist medical interests locally. Positions available include Clinical Assistantships in Gastroentrology, Gynaecology, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT), Paediatrics. For job openings, you can look on the NHS jobs website or contact the local hospitals.
Alternatively, you could consider taking up an area of Special Interest, and becoming a GPwSI. There are many different areas of medicine covered, including ENT and Dermatology. It is difficult to know where to direct you to find out more about these posts, but the PCT or CCG most local to you is a good port of call. Another great tip is to find out who is a GPwSI locally and give them a call!
Family Planning and Sexual Health
You could consider working in a Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic for a session or two a week. You need to be able to counsel people about their reproductive and sexual health and ideally fit contraceptive devices such as Implanons and coils. To gain this training you would need to undertake the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH). Courses run locally at Royal Bournemouth Hospital; for information contact the Education Centre on 01202 704268. You could also try the Dorset Contraception and Sexual Health Admin Office 0300 303 1948.
Forensic and Prison Medicine
- Forensic Medicine
This involves the general medical care of all people in police custody across Dorset. Mainly this is based in Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth. As a Forensic Medical Examiner (FME), you provide general medical care, such as prescribing, as well as specific roles including examinations after road traffic accidents. In addition, you are responsible for the care and forensic examination of victims of crime, e.g. domestic and sexual violence. If you are interested in Forensic Medicine as a career, take a look at the Faculty website.
Locally, this service is provided by Harmoni. You can contact them through Sharon Prior
- Prison Medicine
Prison healthcare involves caring for prisoners in local prisons, specifically Dorchester, Portland, The Verne and Guy’s Marsh. Visit the website for more details.
The new Clinical Commissioning Groups are always looking to recruit new members to the CCG to fulfil a variety of roles. You can visit the website or contact them by email or phone on 01305 361219. Another tip is to speak to anyone you know who is already involved in the CCG and pick their brains!
- Wessex Deanery has a number of links with developing countries. The “Improving Global Health Through Leadership Development” Scheme recruits healthcare professionals twice a year to undertake 4-12 month placements of paid (reviewed annually) work abroad (currently Cambodia, South Africa and Zambia). For more information visit the website.
- Alternatively, the RCGP has a Junior International Committee (JIC), who always have opportunities available, sometimes with funding, for those with itchy feet! Go to the website for more info.
- Expedition Medicine has a huge variety of interesting experiences for doctors. Their website will further inspire you.
- Cruise ships are a constant source of GP work abroad. The work pays well and suits some people’s work/life requirements. For more information, contact the cruise companies directly. P&O and Carnival are big employers, or Ocean Opportunities can provide placements on smaller boats and can be contacted through their website.
- Repatriation involves flying British citizens back home to the UK from abroad, due to illness. Get involved as the supervising medic on the flight. Locally, Cega are the repatriation company.
Voluntary (Unpaid) Work
- Sports Medicine.
Bournemouth Football Club and local Hockey Clubs and Rugby Teams need medics and physiotherapists to work with them. Get in touch with your local teams for more information.
This charitable organisation, based locally, always needs support. Both medical, rescue and administrative work could be undertaken. See their website for details.
If you like the sound of working outdoors, Event Medical Services provide medics to cover music festivals and outdoor events. Their website will have more details (you may even get free entry!)