Portfolio Careers

More and more GPs are looking into alternative options outside of working full time in general practice. Working as a Portfolio GP can afford both established and newly-qualified GPs the freedom and variety to develop their career in a way that speaks to their specific interests and life goals.  

A Portfolio GP can develop into a diverse range of roles, incorporating a Salaried GP role as well as including, for example:

  • Involvement in medical education (teaching FY2’s, becoming a GP trainer, clinical tutor or GP appraiser)
  • Out of Hours (OOH) work
  • Locum work (freelance)
  • Further study
  • Working for your CCG or LMC (including joining a committee)
  • Managerial roles
  • Working within a prison or the military
  • Involvement with air ambulance services

You may also wish to work towards being a GP with Specialist Interest (GPSI), developing a specialism and additional qualifications in, eg, psychiatry, reproductive health, dermatology etc. As well as furthering your own knowledge and experience, this could also serve to make you a more attractive candidate to practices who may benefit from additional income as a result of the services you can offer.

There is an extensive list of options, giving true variety to your role, allowing you to learn new skills and build upon your experience whilst affording you a more flexible approach to your clinical career.

Pulse Today have produced three YouTube videos that considers the personal experience of four Portfolio GPs including; why they love being a Portfolio GP, what it is like and the benefits and considerations for choosing this path.

Below you can also view Dr Rachael Marchant’s presentation on Portfolio Careers, delivered to GP trainees at our Skills Show & Job Fair in Basildon on 6th March.

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