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GP Careers in the 21st Century: A Final Year Student Perspective

The “GP Careers in the 21st Century conference” was a full day event that took place on Wednesday 9 th September at Imperial College, London. The title of the conference interested me. I realised I knew much about the structure of family practices in the past, and I am aware that general practice is going through a lot of changes currently, but I felt I knew very little about the details of a career in general practice in the future.

My family GP was a grandmother, a practice partner and looked after three generations of my family. She had a wonderful work-life balance, autonomy over her work and seamless continuity of patient care. However, studying in fast-paced London and living through the ever changing climate of healthcare delivery, I worry that these attributes of the career are being eroded. Given the changes of upscaling practices, the bureaucracy of QOF targets that need to be met and the ever real threat of a significant pay-cut, could general practice really be a fulfillin…

Embedding the Athena SWAN Action Plan in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London

The School of Public Health Opportunities Committee held a meeting today in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health to let staff know the changes that we will be making to improve departmental culture and organisation. The Athena SWAN action plan aims to enhance the working environment of our staff; promote career development opportunities; and improve how we can attract, keep and promote you so you feel supported and motivated in your work. Speakers at the event included Professor Elio Riboli, Professor Steven Riley, Dr Ioanna Tzoulaki, and Professor Azeem Majeed.

Find out more about how the Imperial College School of Public Health achieved its Athena SWAN Silver Award for supporting the careers of women in science.

Professor Elio Riboli preparing for his talk

Members of the Department of Primary Care and Public Health at the start of the session

Congratulations to Usama Syed

Usama Syed, a final year medical student in the Faculty of Medicine, was selected for a 2015 Imperial College London Outstanding Student Achievement Award. These awards are to recognize and commend outstanding achievement beyond the academic subject area.  Usama was nominated for his award by the Department of Primary Care and Public Health.

Usama's achievements include:
Founding a new society at the College - MedTech Imperial- designed to bring together students across the medical, engineering, and computing departments, With colleagues coding a brand new mobile phone application designed to streamline the way front-line hospital staff provide feedback and quality improvement ideas to senior medical directors. Researching and writing articles for the official Imperial College website on medical topics for public release.Editing a newsletter for a Health Centre in Clapham, London. In this role, he has written numerous articles for local residents on topics such as travel safety an…

GP Careers in the 21st Century: trainee highlights from the back row

By Maham Stanyon, GPVTS ST2

An engaging conference showcasing the variety and celebrating the diversity of career pathways in general practice. As a trainee the conference opens your eyes to the possibility of a job tailor made to your interests whether clinical, educational, academic or managerial, incorporating the holy grail of both patient care and job satisfaction.
Throughout the day long event, the importance of mentoring and utilising the diverse generalist skill set to explore new avenues were reinforced as vital ingredients for success. Topics covered ranged clinical leadership opportunities and Darzi fellowships, to portfolio careers encompassing world travel, education and media medicine. Newly emerging fields pioneered by GPs such as out of hours medicine also shared the spotlight, with the launch of the first academic urgent care post announced to trainees. Unusually the speakers represented the entire experience spectrum, from newly qualified GPs to those at the pinnacle …

GP Careers in the 21st Century: A Medical Student Perspective

By Sunila J Prasad
On the 9th September 2015, Imperial Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) in collaboration with Health Education North West London (HENWL) and Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation hosted the event ‘GP Careers in the 21st Century’ at Charing Cross Campus, Imperial College London.
The event aimed to promote the breadth and variety of careers within General Practice and attendees which included medical students, GP trainees and senior colleagues, heard from a number of speakers. As a fifth year medical student who was curious about what a career in General Practice could possibly entail, I looked forward to hearing about the diversity of opportunities available in this arena of medicine, as well as learning about what the future of General Practice may hold for myself and my fellow colleagues.
The programme of listed speakers alone was an initial indicator of how rich and rewarding a career in General Practice could potentially be. Topics covered throughout the day in…

GP Careers in the 21st Century

On Wednesday 9 September 2015, Imperial College London, the Imperial Academic Health Sciences Centre, Health Education NW London and Hammersmith & Fulham GP Federation held a conference on 'GP Careers in the 21st Century'. The conference was aimed at medical students, GP Specialist Trainees, and qualified GPs. We were very pleased that around 25 students attended the event.

Delegates were able to learn about opportunities for working in primary care in NW London. In addition to traditional GP roles, this included opportunities for working in urgent care, clinical leadership roles, education, research and GPSI roles in areas such as diabetes and ophthalmology.

 Some of the delegates at the event
Dr David Wingfield, Chair of the GP Federation, speaking at the event.
Conference Programme 09:00-9:30 Coffee and Registration 09:30-9:45 Welcome: Professor Azeem Majeed – Dr Clare Etherington Dr David Wingfield – Dr Samia Hasan 09:45-10:30 Careers in Urgent Care  & Opportunities