How to get the most out of your placement in general practice
A placement in primary care provides a great opportunity to see a wide range of conditions and to practise a patient centred approach to consultations
- By: Matilda Esan, Kamila Hawthorne, David Thomas
Working as a general practitioner requires a broad range of skills. You need to be able to diagnose a wide range of undifferentiated health problems, treat illness in the community, respond to risk safely and effectively, prevent disease, manage long term conditions, and coordinate care with allied healthcare professionals.
Some of the major challenges of being a GP include having a large and diverse range of patients, managing patients with multiple health conditions who take numerous drugs, working independently, and using your clinical acumen rather than having quick access to tests and investigations. All this—as well as being a gatekeeper of NHS resources—requires a high volume of daily decision making.
However, being able to help a variety of people of different ages and with different ailments, from cradle to grave, is a great privilege. One of the benefits of being a student on a GP placement is that general practice