Career outlook for doctor - GP
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would provide medical care for people in the local community. The patients will trust you to help them by quickly diagnosing and treating their illness.
You’d be the first point of contact for patients, seeing them either in your surgery or visiting them at home. You would need to listen to them and put them at ease.
You’d ask the person questions about their health and do physical checks if necessary. You’d make a diagnosis, explain the options for treatment to the patient and decide what action to take.
- Give general advice
- Prescribe medicine
- Recommend treatment
- carry out minor surgery
- Refer them to a specialist consultant for tests and further diagnosis
You could also run the GP practice, either alone or in partnership with other GPs. You’d do administration like writing letters and reports, and keeping records of patient’s visits and treatments.
You might arrange support from other health professionals such as physiotherapists and nurses. You could organise clinics and health education for groups of patients such as pregnant women, smokers and people with diabetes.
You’d probably take further training to develop skills in specialist areas such as minor surgery or mental health.
You would often work in a team that includes practice nurses, health visitors, midwives, counsellors and administrative support staff.
You can see more about this role on the general practice page of the NHS careers website and see more about the salaries on the pay for general practitioners page on the British Medical Association website.
The NHSScotland Careers website has information about training as a doctor in Scotland.
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