- Be reliable and conscientious
This involves punctuality, dressing appropriately and taking responsibility for the work you undertake. To receive extra recognition go the extra mile, perhaps taking on an unpopular task or covering a colleague's absence at short notice.
- Training opportunities
Make the most of all training opportunities offered to you.
Attend relevant conferences and primary care organisation meetings so that you are up to speed with local health developments and potential opportunities.
- Recognise your mistakes
Be accountable for your mistakes, rather than passing the buck. Make amends by picking up the pieces and coming up with solutions, rather than simply apologising or blaming somebody else.
- Stop moaning
Everyone has occasional grievances, but constant negativity lowers morale and it may mean you are taken less seriously when something is genuinely wrong. Be a good team player and try to remain on pleasant terms with all colleagues.
Innovate whenever possible, for example identifying solutions to long-standing problems. Follow up good ideas with positive action. Do not leave it for somebody else.
- Enjoy your success
Take credit for your good work, perhaps highlighting satisfied patients or positive coverage in the media. Successes could be mentioned at meetings.