Viewpoint: Why I'm Choosing General Practice: Adam Sage

Uncertainty often scares many but appeals to me as a very stimulating working environment. General practice leaves you anticipating what lies ahead in the next clinic although you will see some familiar patients with whom you have had time to get to know well.

Adam Sage: 'To run a successful practice would be very rewarding.'
Adam Sage: 'To run a successful practice would be very rewarding.'

As a GP the focus of the NHS will be on you to manage the vast majority of NHS contact with patients. The role will increasingly be more demanding with the NHS moving to a full service seven days a week.

I look forward to the extra investment, services and challenges that will come in the future. As society changes the GP bares the brunt of emerging health problems and the treatment of chronic health conditions.

The title ‘general practitioner’ often does the role a disservice 

As a patient, continuing treatment in your community is very important and requires an engaged team. Working in a team has been challenging at times but overall very rewarding once roles are clearly established.

Leading a team requires skill which experience will give and motivation to achieve certain goals. As many others have, I have led teams which have been very successful which is a brilliant drive for future work.

The title ‘general practitioner’ often does the role a disservice as those with a special interest like me can tailor their work to support their chosen area. I have a particular interest in prehospital emergency medicine and follow the work of the BASICS doctors closely.

There is good scope for emergency medicine practice especially in out-of-ours home calls and those who volunteer for BASICS. Research opportunities are endless with continual learning necessary needed to keep up with the treatment of all the conditions that could present.

To run a successful practice would be very rewarding

Autonomy is very important in the workplace which general practice can certainly supply; it does however obviously represent extra responsibility which will be more stressful at times. I have had a keen business interest following a position on a youth bank assessing grant applications from community groups.

As a GP partner I imagine it is important to ensure your practice is running efficiently and effectively to provide the best service for your patients. To run a successful practice would be very rewarding as you can take ownership of the impact on the patients you treat. As a recognisable part of the community the opportunity to positively affect the health of your community is evident. Overall a varied and stimulating career in a developing area with flexibility to take responsibility and make your own decisions.?

  • Adam is a third year medical student at Queen's University Belfast.

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