GP recruitment: Another ten great reasons to be a GP

There many good reasons to be a GP in the UK and Lincoln GP Dr Phil Williams has compiled a list of his top ten to help boost recruitment to general practice.

Dr Williams, former First5 lead for RCGP for members in their first five years of practice, has published the list on the popular Buzzfeed website with images and animations illustrating each of his points.

He said: 'I created this list because I still believe that general practice is an fantastic career choice. Yes it's a challenging job but we need to work as a profession to encourage medical students and foundation doctors to become GPs otherwise our patients will suffer. There's a lot of chatter on social media about the recruitment crisis, but it'll only get better if we work together to share positive reasons to become a GP with non-GPs.'

Another list of the top ten reasons to be a GP was published on GPonline by West Midlands GP Dr Rodger Charlton and attracted widespread debate. Dr Charlton has responded to the comments in a new article for GPonline: GP recruitment: Time for GPs to stop moaning and start promoting general practice.

Dr Williams' top ten reasons to be a GP:

1. Because you are there for your patients at every stage of their life.

2. So you become central to individuals, families and communities, building a unique relationship of mutual trust with your patients.

3. Because every patient brings a fresh challenge.

4. And you get to diagnose rare and interesting conditions affecting every system in the body.

5. Because GPs are a valued part of their local community.

6. Because you work with brilliant people including receptionists, nurses, health visitors, district nurses and diabetes community teams.

7. Because it’s the most flexible career in medicine.

8. And there are so many opportunities to get involved with teaching and training and research.

9. Because you can get involved and make real change to the local services.

10. But mainly because it’s the most rewarding job in the world.

Find out more about applying for GP training at the GP National Recruitment Office

See all the latest GP jobs across the UK at our GP Jobs website

Follow Dr Williams on Twitter: @scottishphil83

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

Sign pointing to hospital

NHS England seeks to clarify GPs' responsibilities when using advice and guidance

New guidance from NHS England has set out the clinical responsibilities and medicolegal...

Widespread joint pain - red flag symptoms

Presentations and red flag symptoms that may alert you to potentially serious conditions...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: Supporting neurodivergent doctors and staff in general practice

Talking General Practice speaks to GPs Dr Beckie Akroyd and Dr Catherine Bell about...

BMA Scotland GP committee chair Dr Andrew Buist

General practice in Scotland 'in serious trouble', warns BMA Scotland GP chair

General practice in Scotland has reached a tipping point, with demand far outstripping...

Hospital entrance

NHS England issues warning over norovirus and rising winter pressures

Almost three times as many people were in hospital with norovirus last week compared...

BMA Northern Ireland GP committee chair Dr Alan Stout

Northern Ireland GPs face deepest-ever crisis as practices hand back contracts

Northern Ireland's GP leader has warned that general practice in the region is facing...