What are the new skills needed for general practice?

1st January 2016 by NASGP

What are the new skills needed for general practice?

What are the skills needed for today’s successful GP career?

I am sure everyone’s view will be different, but from talking to GPs regularly about their careers, I found that I have changed what I place as most important. A good while back I might have said something like

  • Good communication skills
  • Patience
  • A feel for whether something is normal/minor or warrants more attention
  • A love of lifelong learning

Although these are still important, I have found that recently I have been tempted to replace these by

  • Setting boundaries
  • Assertiveness
  • Recharging
  • Letting go

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