Journal scan

Only two-thirds of trainee doctors aim to be GPs in NHS

A small study of doctors who are completing their training to become GPs found only two in three plan to work in NHS general practice, influenced by their experience during training.

A small study of doctors who are completing their training to become GPs found only two in three plan to work in NHS general practice, influenced by their experience during training

gp
Workload, work-life balance and practice morale were among factors
influencing career decisions of trainee doctors. Picture: iStock

A small study of doctors who are completing their training to become GPs found only two in three plan to work in NHS general practice.

Of those intending to remain in the NHS, most plan to work as locums or salaried GPs rather than entering a GP partnership.

An online survey was completed by 178 GP trainees employed in the West Midlands who were within three months of achieving their certificate of completion of training.

Career plans

Some 62.8% said they expected to be working in six months as a salaried, locum or other non-principal NHS GP, dropping to a third (33.9%) at five years.

The proportion expecting to become a GP principal increased from less than 5% at six months to a third (33.9%) at five years. 

The quality of general practice experience during training was cited as a factor influencing respondents’ career plans for the following five years. Other factors included GP workload and work-life balance, practice morale, and media and political commentary.


Dale, J et al (2017). Factors influencing career intentions on completion of general practice vocational training in England: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-017143

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This article is for subscribers only

Jobs