Newly Qualified/Sessional

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.

Newly Qualified GP Handbook

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

CPD Presentations for Newly Qualified

The RCGP can also offer support and education through their First5 programme to members. GPs in their first five years after completing training are supported and recognised by the College through specific events and the First5 Committee. The Northern Ireland First5 representative, Dr Nicola Topping can be contacted on and the UK-wide First5 Committee can be contacted at In November 2019 there will be a NI First 5 conference. This is a free event for RCGP members and a charge of £30 will apply for non-members It will cover CPD topics, wellbeing and professional development Contact for more information or call 020 3188 7722