The UK has been at the forefront of modern primary care development, and many countries continue to look to the NHS as a model to emulate
– Martin Roland, emeritus professor of health services research, Primary Care Unit
Primary care is the foundation of our healthcare system. GP practices deal with over 90% of all patient contacts in the NHS; and UK residents see their GP on average six times a year.
Primary care has enormous potential to improve health outcomes for populations. GPs and their teams are positioned to intervene early in the disease process and coordinate the provision of care. Effective primary care is associated with reduced morbidity, increased longevity, and more equitable health outcomes.
GPs have a varied and often complex workload that provides new and different challenges and solutions every day. They provide ongoing and personal medical care for their patients as well as providing the gateway through which patients access specialist hospital care.
GPs are by far the largest branch of British medicine. A growing and ageing population, with complex multiple health conditions, means that personal and population-oriented primary care is central to any country’s health system”
– Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, September 2016
Find out more about GP as a career
The Primary Care Unit here at the Clinical School has a large and highly productive research and training programme, with 140 researchers exploring themes relevant to primary care, organised across ten separate research groups. Many of our researchers are also clinicians and we are a major training hub for primary care researchers and clinical academics. Find out more about the primary care research that’s generated here and about the academic training opportunities we offer.
- Hear about the pathways offered by a career in GP – discussed by five Cambridge students who attended the RCGP annual conference in 2017
GPs select this specialty for all sorts of reasons – the #ThinkGP campaign from the Royal College of General Practitioners provides insight into the many and varied career paths and you can see guidance on how to take forward your GP career on their website.
- Health Education England provides a wealth of resources on academic and clinical career pathways, which can be accessed from this webpage: Why Choose GP
- This article by Dr Zoe Norris vividly explains the appeal of this specialty to her and you may want to look at some of the twitter posts on #WhyGP and #TeamGP
In hospitals diseases stay and people come and go; in general practice people stay and diseases come and go”
– Simon Griffin, Professor of General Practice, Primary Care Unit/MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge
Attend our talks: check our talks list and come along if you see a speaker or topic that interests you – you don’t usually need to book and you’ll be made very welcome
Ask for advice: Assistant Director of GPEG, Dr Kinnary Martin, provides GP careers advice for student doctors at Cambridge. Feel free to email Dr Martin to request pointers or support.
Join our student reference group: advise us how we can support our students who are exploring GP as a career. Email Lucy Lloyd to find out more
View our fun video: learn more about why we love GP https://vimeo.com/87969915