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10 Minute Consultation: Dr Toyosi Adeniji

Published on 14 May 2024

Dr Toyosi Adeniji is Chair of the College's First5 Community

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Dr Toyosi Adeniji Credit: Grainge Photography

Why did you choose to be a GP?

I wanted to use my knowledge and skills as a doctor to provide real continuity of care and follow my patients’ journeys through their lives.

What's the best thing about being a GP? 

The flexibility – building a portfolio career and developing management skills alongside seeing patients. The hours aren’t perfect, but I feel I have better control. I’m a GP partner too, which adds another level of responsibility and independence.

What's the most frustrating thing about being a GP?

Not having enough time with patients, I would love more time with patients to ensure we can adequately explore their concerns and in some cases, this helps to proactively prevent multiple presentations. I hope this is an area where general practice can become more efficient.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Becoming the RCGP’s First5 Committee Chair. Also becoming a fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management so early in my career.

What has been the most important lesson you have learnt during your career?

The importance of people. You can’t be on ‘GP island’, locked away in your office. You need to work with people if you are going to navigate communities and bring real change.

What is the biggest challenge for First5 GPs?

Navigating this whole new phase of being an independent practitioner and trying to work out what comes next. It’s a big transition.

What do you hope to achieve your new role?

I want to create a collaborative and supportive ecosystem for First5 members, improving access to portfolio and leadership opportunities and, mapping out the transition from registrar to independent practitioner. I’m also passionate about providing support for IMGs, which is vital for retention, and I want to encourage innovation, listening and representation across general practice.

Why do you think it's important to be a College member?

The College can really help you grow and take your career to the next level. Conference, particularly, was a game changer for me. It offered recognition as well as invaluable networking opportunities.

What would you be if you weren't a GP?

A gastroenterologist, but the great thing about being a GP is that I can still have a special interest!