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GP Jobs & Recruitment in the UK

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If you are looking for a whole variety of available general practitioners jobs, Your World Healthcare should be your first port of call.

Not only can our team of consultants – all whom are specialised in recruiting for GP jobs – find you the perfect role, but also one which pays well and is highly rewarding. We have positions available in the private sector and NHS, covering diverse specialist fields such as: surgeries, prisons and the armed services across the UK, on either a contract, temporary or permanent basis.

What is a General Practitioner?

A general practitioner (GP) is a physician skilled in recognising and diagnosing any medical condition and is the first point of call for most patients.

Because of changes to the healthcare system, and the resulting need for more professionals to take up general practitioner jobs, the number of training places is increasing. So much so that it’s estimated that 50% of all future specialty training places will be in the field of general practice.

A GP will mostly find themselves working in a surgery or undertaking home visits, carrying out consultations with patients and dealing with problems that can be physical, psychological or social in nature. They could be diagnosing schizophrenia or diabetes or advising on pregnancy from one patient to the next, so they need to be extremely knowledgeable in all medical conditions and areas of healthcare.

General practitioners’ jobs involve assessing problems before advising the correct course of action to help the problem. Alongside treating illnesses, other tasks may include arranging patients’ onward support with other health professionals, keeping patients’ records and organising clinics for patient groups. 

To qualify for GP jobs, candidates should hold a degree in medicine that is recognised by the General Medical Council, a foundation course of general training and specialist training in general practice. As well as the qualifications and experience, a general practitioner will need to be both caring, committed, and able to work co-operatively within a team as well as on their own.

What Does a GP Earn?

GPs in training can expect a basic starting salary of £22,636, and this will increase in the second year to approximately £28,000. However, full-time GPs will earn upwards of £55,000, depending on experience. There are opportunities to earn a higher salary if self-employed as part of a Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

If you’re considering doctors’ jobs, you should expect to work up to 50 hours a week for a full-time post, as some evening and weekend work may be included. You may also be placed on a rota system for out of hours emergency work.

Healthcare professionals considering jobs for GPs must be prepared for long working hours – anywhere up to 50 hours a week is usually the norm, with surgeries open between 8.30am and 6.30pm. 

For those looking to work in general practice but perhaps with a little more flexibility, locum work may be an option to consider.

Locum General Practice jobs

Healthcare professionals who would prefer to work flexible hours and the freedom to choose where to work, should consider locum general practitioners’ jobs. While it’s true that locum posts offer the potential for a better work/life balance, flexible hours could also mean more time to study or combine their work with other employment outside medicine, and offer an average hourly rate of £69.72. 

Locum GP jobs provide greater variety within your career, as you can try working in different practices and experience a wider range of work routines and ethics before deciding where you would like to settle to develop your career. All of this, however, should be considered alongside the fact that work could be inconsistent, and as a locum employee, you wouldn’t have access to benefits such as maternity and sick pay or a pension.