Discover a career in general practice

Applications for GP specialty training open on Wednesday 8 November 2017. They close on Thursday 30 November 2017.

Discover a career with:

  • endless opportunities
  • intellectual stimulation
  • teamwork and collaboration
  • innovation and leadership
  • patient centred care

By deciding to train as a GP you are embarking on a flexible, diverse and fulfilling career. You will have the opportunity to diagnose a wide range of complex conditions, both quickly and compassionately as an expert medical generalist.

As a GP you’ll work with multi disciplinary teams, in a range of practice and community settings, delivering continuing and comprehensive patient centred care. You’ll lead improvements in healthcare, both locally and nationally, to enhance patient care. As well as building strong relationships with patients, encouraging them to be involved in their own care.

To apply visit the GP National Recruitment Office

What general practice is

General practice provides 90 per cent of patient contacts in the health service, it is the bedrock of the NHS.

General practice provides continuing person centred health care to patients in their communities.

GPs and GP led multi disciplinary teams manage the widest range of health problems of and look after patients’ wellbeing throughout their lives:

  • providing both systematic and opportunistic health promotion
  • making accurate diagnoses and risk assessments
  • dealing with multi-morbidity
  • coordinating long-term care
  • physical, social and psychological health

GPs are also involved in deciding how health and social services should be organised to deliver safe, effective and accessible care to patients in their communities.

General practitioners

GPs are expert medical generalists who provide the first point of contact with the NHS for most people in their communities.

They may deal with any medical problem. They provide continuity of care to patients and their families, and communities.


"There is arguable no more important job in modern Britain than that of the family doctor. GPs are by far the largest branch of British medicine. A growing and ageing population, with complex health conditions, means that personal and population-orientated primary care is central to and country’s health system. As a recent BMJ headline put it, if general practice fails, the whole NHS fails”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive NHS England 

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