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A Wirral doctor is the star of a new film clip showcasing a day in the life of a GP, launched at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool this week (24-26 October).
Dr Santiago Puig, a GP at The Warrens Medical Centre, takes viewers through his typical working day, which includes seeing young and older patients, doing a nursing home ‘ward round’, leading a practice meeting and working closely with pharmacists and other members of the team.
The film has been made by NHS England and NHS Improvement to help raise awareness of what it’s like to be a GP working in England in 2019. It shows how modern GPs work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes a range of clinical and non-clinical roles and have digital consultations as well as seeing patients face to face.
The film will be used to support the recruitment of GPs in England, including the International GP Recruitment Programmes, well as doctors in post-graduate training and those GPs thinking of returning to practice.
Dr Puig, who previously worked as a GP and consultant paediatrician in Spain before moving to the UK 22 years ago, describes in the film how the role enables him to ‘look after the full family’ and offers good career progression.
He said: “I was delighted to be able to take part in this film and show people at home and abroad what being a GP in England is really like.”
Dr David Levy, Medical Director NHS North West, said: “There is nothing general about general practice and there is no typical day for a GP but this short film gives you a flavour of what a day in the life of a GP is like in 2019, from liaising with clinical pharmacists, advanced nurse practitioners and hospital doctors to having online consultations with patients.”
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If you are interested in coming to work as a GP in England, return to practice or thinking about a career as a GP, visit www.england.nhs.uk/gp-careers