GPs' photos celebrate 'realities, rewards and emotions' of general practice

Health Education England (HEE) has published a collection of photographs taken by GPs and practice staff to celebrate a typical working day in general practice.

A GP coaching a trainee (All photos: Health Education England)
A GP coaching a trainee (All photos: Health Education England)

Described as a ‘wonderful and unusual compilation of photographs’ by HEE chairman Sir Keith Pearson, the pictures have been gathered into a photobook intended to show a ‘snapshot of life in general practice’.

It includes common scenes such as a GP trainee learning the ropes, admin staff hard at work, leaflets lining practice walls and vials of samples sitting on desks.

The photos are all winning entries in a competition run by HEE. It opened challenge in January to highlight ‘an otherwise unseen’ area of life and to capture the ‘realities, rewards and emotions of a typical day in general practice’.

It called on the budding photographers among GPs and practice staff to capture these moments from their own perspective.

Celebrating general practice

The judging panel included representatives from HEE, the RCGP, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and Allied Health Professions.

Sir Keith said: ‘These pictures demonstrate the remarkable everyday – reception, the array of leaflets (I wonder how many different ones there are?), signs and artwork on the surgery walls that are so familiar to many of us who have visited our local GP practice.’

Dr Gladys Obuzor, a GP trainee featured in the photobook, said: ‘At the end of each surgery, I always look forward to the debrief where I share insights and learning from the wealth of experience of my trainers.

‘The morning captured in this photo was no exception and as an astute observer commented, my trainer for the day "does not miss a thing". My learning went beyond patient care to effective organisation and time management and of course being technologically savvy too. Such is the beauty and diversity of general practice.’

A selection of the photographs can be seen below:

A GP trainee learning the ropes

Charity runners receiving a massage from practice staff

A GP registrar’s bike ready to go see patients for home visits

Busy reception staff at work

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