Being a portfolio GP is the only way to survive
30 September 2015, Pulse
With the rewards of a GP career being eroded by a lack of time and resources, a ‘mix-and-match’ approach is the only way forward, says Dr Laura Edwards
Full-time general practice used to be what all young GPs aspired to. But I am now seeing more of them taking their careers into their own hands and spending at least part of the week working in other roles.
Seasoned GPs are blending roles including appraisal and CCG work, and a national survey of GP trainees last year found that 40% of trainees intended to be ‘portfolio’ at five years after qualifying.
I made a decision early in my career to be a portfolio GP: I work eight sessions a week, two of which are in a semi-urban general practice of approximately 14,000 patients, with my share of duty days. The remaining six I spend as medical director of Wessex LMCs, meeting CCG chairs, representing primary care on committees and supporting GP colleagues in disputes, performance measures or with burnout.
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