GP Career Development

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.

A GPNI Careers website has been created to assist, whatever your GP career stage. Here you will find a range of resources including “keeping up to date”, “taking a career break”, developing a specialist role”, “how healthcare is delivered in NI including federation contact details”.

To find out more about living and working as a GP in Northern Ireland, please visit our GPNI Careers website GPNI Careers.


If you would like to discuss career options or know more about CPD for newly qualified GPs, then contact