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Doctor – General Practitioner

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General practitioner doctors (GPs) work in a local surgery with residents of the local area. They identify and treat a full range of illnesses and sometimes injuries from which their patients suffer. If necessary, they refer patients to a specialist or arrange for a stay in hospital.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

As of April 2016, in most junior posts (Foundation Year 1) the basic salary is £23,672 a year. This increases to £29,361 in Foundation Year 2. Salaried GPs earn between £56,525 and £85,298 a year, depending on amongst other things, length of service and experience.

Self-employed GPs can choose between two different systems of funding for their practices: the traditional General Medical Services contract or the Primary Medical Services which lets the GP adapt the practice to local needs. The income for a full time self-employed GP is around £80,000 to £120,000 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

To qualify as a GP you need a degree in medicine and surgery which is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Other requirements:

After your degree you do a 2-year foundation training programme, which gives you registration with the GMC, which you need to work as a doctor (see 'Training' below). Most GPs work for the National Health Service (NHS), but you might work in private practice. You could be a medical adviser to a company or the Benefits Agency, or a medical officer for the police and prison service.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
25128
1.8 %
RISE
2023
25568
  United Kingdom
2018
251400
2.6 %
RISE
2023
257907

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What Does it Take?

You should be:

Training

Getting On

More Information

You might enjoy using the Taste of Medicine website developed by St. George's University of London, especially the interactive games and video profiles.

The Medical Careers NHS website is useful, there is a section on 'Choosing a medical school'.

You may find 'Score Higher on the UKCAT' book, published by OUP Oxford, useful when preparing for the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

If you want a taste of what it is like to be a doctor and what to expect from the medical profession, then you should visit the Medic Insight website. This is a new programme run by NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside in conjunction with the Universities of Edinburgh and Dundee, and is aimed at S4 and S5 students considering a career in the profession. It is run in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow as either a week-long event (June) or day-long event (February), and gives you access to consultancies, theatres and a wide range of specialties and levels of clinicians in a hospital setting. The website gives details on intake dates, availability and booking.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Medical Association (BMA) (Scotland)
Tel: 0131 247 3000
E-mail: BMAScotland@bma.org.uk
Website: http://www.bma.org.uk/
Twitter: @TheBMA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBMA

General Medical Council (GMC)
Tel: 0131 525 8700
E-mail: gmcscotland@gmc-uk.org
Website: http://www.gmc-uk.org/
Twitter: @gmcuk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GMCUK

Medical Schools Council
Tel: 020 7419 5494
E-mail: admin@medschools.ac.uk
Website: http://www.medschools.ac.uk
Website (2): http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Publications/Pages/Entry-requirements-for-UK-medical-schools.aspx

The Council's 'Entry Requirements' publication contains information on entry requirements for all of the UK’s publicly funded bachelor’s degrees in medicine. It is updated yearly from information passed directly from the medical schools.

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
Tel: 020 3188 7730
E-mail: infoscotland@rcgp.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk
Twitter: @rcgp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcgp.org

Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
Tel: 020 7290 2900
Website: http://www.rsm.ac.uk
Twitter: @RoySocMed
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocietyofMedicine

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
Tel: 0161 855 7409
Website: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk
Twitter: @UKCATest
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UKClinicalAptitudeTest

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