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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"I was introduced to the local locum chambers several months ago when I made a career move from partnership. I now combine salaried and locum roles. The chambers provides helpful support, leadership, advice and governance and reduces professional isolation. This combination of support reassures me and helps me provide safe and consistent care to patients within the community . There is a useful, innovative online portal - LocumDeck - which helps me access local work and which has efficient systems for reconciliation of finance including pensions. I would highly recommend joining a locum chambers for any GPs starting out in the locum world ."

Dr Adrian Richardson

Dr Adrian Richardson

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