Living and working as a GP in England

A range of information is available which provides more details about living and working as a GP in England:

Why work as a GP in England?

General practitioners (GPs) deal with a range of health problems and are usually the first person a patient turns to for help. They are general experts in the whole field of medicine and see both children and adults.

GPs manage the widest range of health problems providing:

  • both regular and reactive health promotion
  • making accurate diagnoses and risk assessments
  • dealing with multi-morbidity
  • coordinating long-term care
  • addressing the physical, social and psychological aspects of patients’ wellbeing throughout their lives
  • collaborating with other primary care professionals, including clinical pharmacists, practice nurses, and physiotherapists.

They are also involved in deciding how health and social services should be organised to deliver safe, effective and accessible care to patients in their communities.

How do GPs in England work?

GPs usually work in practices, often leading teams which include nurses, healthcare assistants, practice managers, receptionists and other staff. GPs provide continuing medical care for patients in the community or they will refer patients to hospital clinics for further assessment or treatment by specialists. Nine out of ten NHS patients are seen in English general practice, and nearly nine out of ten patients rate their experience of their GP practice as good.

GP career progression

As a GP you have the opportunity through your career to do other things, read some examples of how GPs have used their skills:

While this particular programme is recruiting for General Practice in England, the Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for overseas doctors interested in living and working in the UK more broadly, including England: Living and working in the UK as a GP: a guide for overseas doctors and their families.

Interested in applying?

If you are a GP working overseas and are interested in learning more about the career opportunities on NHS England’s International GP Recruitment Programme, please take a few minutes to complete our enquiry form or simply apply now.