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I’m the rep for the south-east coast region. I’m a new GP, having qualified in August 2015. I went straight into a salaried, full-time post in Hastings, but now I split my time between salaried work there and locum sessions in Kent.
In my final year of training I helped to set up GP Survival, being one of the founding members and still sitting on the committee as the BMA/GPC liaison rep. More recently, as well as being elected to the GPC sessional subcommittee, I was also co-opted onto East Sussex LMC. I write regularly for Pulse, and have had articles published in GP Online and BJGP, as well as mainstream newspapers including The Guardian and Daily Mail. I have a blog with the Huffington Post and set up my own blog site at www.gpsoapbox.com.
My passion lies not only with increasing coverage and knowledge of the crises going on in general practice, but also in encouraging younger GPs to step up and become involved in medico-politics. I don’t think that everyone necessarily needs to stand for election, but I feel strongly that GP trainees should be taught about the process, what our representative bodies offer us and the importance of getting involved by voting and communicating with our representatives.
More newly qualified GPs are shunning partnership and choosing a sessional work plan or portfolio career, and many partners are also now relinquishing their partnerships for the more flexible, manageable workload that sessional work offers. So it’s more important than ever that there is good sessional representation on all levels.
Until the new generation of GPs fully understands the dire situation that our profession is currently in, it is unlikely that much will improve. Many argue that making the career choice of general practice so unattractive by voicing these opinions to trainees will make the recruitment crisis worse. However, I feel that it enables young GPs to become empowered by equipping them with the knowledge of how to make significant and real changes.
General practice needs to be shaped by those working within it.
It is becoming more and more obvious that general practice is going to be very different in the near future. None of us knows quite what that future holds for general practice, but with knowledge of and involvement in political processes from the grassroots level up, I hope that the new generation of GPs will be able to create a climate that we can be happy to work in.
Rebecca E Jones is the south-east coast representative for sessional GPs
Contact Dr Rebecca Jones or follow @DollyBert82 on twitter.