A registrar survival guide - How to gain recognition in the workplace

Contributed by Dr Anna Greenham, a salaried GP in Gateshead

Knowledge
Keep up to date with your knowledge. After a course, summarise key points and share them with colleagues.

Do some teaching.

  • Skills

Develop your skills such as coil fitting or minor surgery. Can your IT, language or organisational skills be put to good use?

  • Performance

Work hard and be efficient.

Good feedback from patients will spread. Make sure notes are clear and concise, showing your thought processes. Seek feedback from ancillary staff. You may be inadvertently making their work harder, and they may be too polite to tell you.

  • Team Work

Don't work in isolation. Discuss cases and ask colleagues' opinions.

If people are busy, help out. Be flexible when asked to swap or cover.

Volunteer for tasks such as audit or designing protocols.

  • Professionalism

Turn up on time and dress appropriately. Be friendly, helpful, approachable and consistent, but don't be afraid to say no. Try not to listen to, or join in with idle gossip. Speak respectfully about your patients, however frustrating a morning you may have had. Pass on your compliments in public - negative comments should be shared privately, and only with the relevant parties.

Essentials checklist

  • Clear, concise notes.
  • Feedback from colleagues.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Professional attitude.

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