This role is unique to primary care as secondary care doctors specialise into different aspects of the medical field.
There are three main types of GP within primary care.GP Partner
A GP Partner is self-employed and takes on part-ownership of the practice, this allows the partner a say in how it’s run, and a share of practice profits. Although being a GP partner allows greater control, there is also greater liability and responsibility involved.Salaried GP
A salaried GP work as an employee of the practice.Locum GP
A locum GP is someone who provides cover in the place of another GP. Locums are generally self-employed and are sometimes referred to as freelance GPs. They have complete control and flexibility over when and where they work.
The main duties of a GP involve;
- speaking to patients about their symptoms to work towards diagnosis
- using clinical examination skills to aid diagnosis
- arranging necessary investigations such as blood tests and x-rays
- supporting patient self-care
A GP qualification is achieved after a 5-year undergraduate degree or a 4-year postgraduate degree in medicine. After medical school is a 2-year paid foundation programme with 6 work placements across different settings. Upon the completion of the foundation programme there is the opportunity for paid speciality training which takes a minimum of 3 years. General Practitioners receive a UK GP Certificate of Completion of Training which allows them to work as a GP in primary care.