Tell us about the consultations that changed the way you work

Have you had a memorable experience in your everyday work that became one of your 'golden rules'? Could you write it up in a readable style for publication?

Our annual ‘Being a GP’ writing competition gives you the chance to share your learning and win a cash prize
Our annual ‘Being a GP’ writing competition gives you the chance to share your learning and win a cash prize

GP newspaper and the RCGP have joined forces to find and share learning experiences from the daily lives of GPs.

Your stories will help young doctors to see reflective learning in a real-life context, and also to appreciate the rich variety of life as a GP.

Three entries will be chosen by the judges for publication as an educational series in GP newspaper.

First prize is £150, second prize is £100 and third prize is £50. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in a potential book to be published by the RCGP.

You can read the winning entries from last year's competition at

Last year’s winners (left to right): Dr David Royal, Dr Lisa Horman and Dr Mark Clayson

How to enter
Write up your experience in an article of between 300 and 800 words. Tell us what happened, what you did, and what you learned. There is no limit on the number of entries per GP.

Email your submission to

Please include your name, practice address and telephone number. This competition is open to GPs and GP registrars only and the closing date is 17 January 2011.

Please note that submission of an entry is confirmation that you agree to assign all rights on the article to the RCGP.

This means that the college will take ownership of the article as written.

You will be asked to sign a formal copyright agreement if your entry is accepted for publication.

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Hot topics

You can write about anything that has influenced your work, and enter as many articles as you like. Interesting areas could include:

  • Difficult patients
  • Diagnosis
  • Problem-solving
  • Unusual encounters
  • Not knowing what to do
  • Continuity of care
  • First days in the practice
  • Misunderstandings
  • Home visits
  • Teamwork
  • Anecdotes
  • Life as a registrar
  • Working relationships
  • Self-treating
  • Good Samaritan
  • Work-life balance


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