Recruitment roadshow to encourage medical graduates to choose general practice arrives in London

A recruitment roadshow organised by the RCGP and Health Education England to boost the number of medical graduates choosing general practice takes place in London today.

Dr Baker: 'The future of general practice is looking bright and GP skills have never been more in demand.' Pic: RCGP
Dr Baker: 'The future of general practice is looking bright and GP skills have never been more in demand.' Pic: RCGP

Over 130 medical students will get an insight into life as a GP and the exciting challenges that a career in general practice could offer them at the event in Bloomsbury.

It will challenge media stereotypes that depict general practice as less stimulating and exciting than other medical careers by showcasing the positives about becoming a GP and promoting the many and varied opportunities that general practice offers as a profession.

Delegates will also find out more about the unique and varied role that GPs have in the NHS – providing ‘whole person’ and continuous care for patients throughout their lifetimes.

The London roadshow is one of 16 events across the country organised by the RCGP and Health Education England. The next London event is at Stewart House, Russell Square, on 7 March from 1-5pm.

Last month, the RCGP launched its first-ever UK-wide recruitment video featuring newly qualified doctors talking about their real-life experiences of being a GP and showing the huge contribution they make to the lives of their patients and the wider NHS.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘I’ve been a GP for over 30 years and I still believe it is the best job in the world. It 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.

‘There is now a real push to put more resources into general practice and build up the GP workforce, with the ‘new deal’ for general practice announced by NHS England in its Five Year Forward View and new funding for general practice infrastructure.

‘As a result, the future of general practice is looking bright and GP skills have never been more in demand.’

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