Newly Qualified

The transition from being a GP specialty trainee to working as a qualified GP can be challenging and stressful.

Obviously you will have received guidance during your specialty training programme, but for many the reality of life after training is not quite what was expected.

Partnerships, salaried posts and locum work are all available and portfolio careers are increasing.

It is important to keep up to date with CPD and prepare for appraisal (and revalidation).

It is also important to balance the stresses of a challenging career with a home life, and achieving a good “work/life” balance is not easy.

Mentoring and continuing to meet in a small group with peers can be very helpful.

This is something that NIMDTA can support you with.

If you would like to discuss career options or know more about CPD for newly qualified GPs, then contact louise.sands@hscni.net

The RCGP can also offer support and education through their First5 programme to members.

Claire McKinney is the First5 lead for RCGP Northern Ireland.

She is a part-time partner in Co. Antrim, and currently developing an interest in Family Planning.

Her aim is to help facilitate the transition from AiT to First5, and to provide a point of contact for those looking advice/assistance from the College in NI.

You can contact her by email clairemckinney10@doctors.org.uk

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