Becoming a GP

School and college pupils aged 16+ who are interested in studying medicine can find top tips for obtaining GP work experience below and learn more about a career in general practice. 

What is a GP?

GPs are experts in their patients. They provide the first point of contact with the NHS for most people in their communities - there are over 1 million GP consultations in the UK every day!

They deal with a wide range of medical conditions and will treat patients throughout their lives. GPs are vital to their local community and contribute hugely to keeping the nation healthy.

5 reasons to become a GP:

1) Design a career to suit you


Develop a flexible career around the needs of your patients and your personal life.

Work in a range of practice and community settings and even travel the globe to improve patient care.

Work in your favourite industry from sport and politics to business, events and even the military.

2) Be an expert in your patients


Diagnose a wide range of complex conditions, both quickly and compassionately as an expert medical generalist.

Play the role of a detective as you make accurate diagnoses.

Change the lives of your patients as you develop an understanding of the people and diversity in your local community.

3) Thrive as a member of Team GP


Join a profession where teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity are required everyday.

Work with multi-skilled teams in your community to deliver extensive care for your patients.

Help inspire the next generation of doctors as a teacher. 

4) Improve healthcare for your patients


Be empowered to lead improvements in healthcare and be at the forefront as technology evolves.

Take on new and exciting roles as care for patients increasingly moves out of hospitals and into the community.

Make significant contributions to the care of many millions of patients around the world through research and development.

5) Put patients at the heart of everything you do


Make a difference and ensure your patients receive the best possible care.

Treat the whole patients and look at the physical, social and psychological aspects of a patients well being throughout their lives.

See patients in a variety of settings including the privilege of their own home.

My route to becoming a GP poster

The RCGP is delighted to work closely with the Medical Schools' Selection Alliance to support young people who are interested in studying medicine. 

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