• Tutoring as an alternative career: advice from a sessional GP

    Just over six years ago I was appointed to be a GP tutor at the University of Glasgow – my old Alma Mater. Initially I did one session per week at the medical school, then I became much more involved in various aspects of Medical Student training such as communication skills, OSCE examining, being an Adviser of Studies and interviewing for the next intake of medical students. When I was a junior doctor I’d...
  • Type 2 Forms and Annualisation – ARRGGGHHHH!

    What is a Type 2 Form? This is a mechanism for NHS Pensions to ensure that you have paid the correct Pension Contribution Tier across all your Practitioner roles. Officer roles are not taken into account. This is actually a legal requirement of the NHS Pension Scheme. Who needs to complete one? The short answer - anyone that is a Type 2 GP. A Type 2 GP is; a salaried GP formally employed by a GP surgery...
  • Is it time to bring the NHS back together?

    When I joined the GP trainee subcommittee I didn’t expect to find myself looking into a deanery wide problem involving hundreds of practices, Health Education England (HEE) and an ex-FTSE 100 company. As a result of a ludicrously overcomplicated process I have heard stories of trainees going unpaid and practices being owed tens of thousands of pounds, with some being forced to withdraw from training altogether....
  • Three minutes to stop and breathe: how an app changed my working life

    • 8 Dec 2017
    Exhausted, losing weight, looking miserable. This was not how I had imagined my life as a doctor. As the F1 on acute medicine I struggled to balance treating my patients well and looking after myself. There is no shortcut to learning how to deal with a patient with severe chest pain, an angry family wanting to speak right away and a microbiology consultant on the phone, all at the same time. In the end the skills I...
  • LMCs: what, why and where next?

    My first experience of the BMA was at its annual junior members forum . Seduced by the promise of a free hotel, the chance to rant and a generously supplied ‘networking event’ that would last well into the night, I went along, open-minded. But, instead of the dull contract-chat I had expected, the whole event was entrancing. I heard trainees fiercely arguing against exploitation at work. I felt impassioned...