RCGP film bids to revive GP recruitment

The RCGP has launched an unprecedented video campaign to inspire medical trainees to choose a career in general practice after almost 400 posts remained vacant at the end of last year.

Dr Maureen Baker: recruitment film (Photo: Pete Hill)
Dr Maureen Baker: recruitment film (Photo: Pete Hill)

The film portrays general practice as a stimulating and engaging career option in a bid to tackle the profession’s reputation as the ‘less exciting’ option for medical trainees.

Set to an upbeat backing track, the video highlights the unique opportunities and settings available to GPs.

At the end of 2013, almost GP trainee 400 posts – equivalent to 12% of those available for the year – were left unfilled.

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This has coincided with an ageing population with more co-morbidities and complex medical needs. The RCGP estimates that 10,000 GPs will be needed by 2020 to meet their growing needs.

Unusual move

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said the move – ‘unusual for a medical royal college’ – was designed to help more trainees choose a career in what she called ‘the best job in the world’.

She said: ‘We hope that our video will challenge the media perception that general practice is less exciting and stimulating than secondary care.

‘Reality programmes and dramas set in hospitals are always fast-paced and thrilling while programmes about being a GP are very few and far between, and mostly reinforce outdated stereotypes about GPs handing out cough medicine and referring the more difficult cases to consultants.

‘This video – and the GPs who appear in it – show that nothing could be further from the truth. Being a GP is exciting, varied and challenging, as well as being the only role in the NHS that delivers care for the whole person over their lifetime.’

It comes as GP magazine launched its Choosing General Practice writing competition for medical students, which invites them to write a short essay explaining why they want to become a GP.

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