Spring Meeting of Establishing GPs Explores Future Career Paths

Portfolio Careers a Choice for Future GPs as Group Practices Grow The ICGP Network of Establishing GPs (NEGS) held its spring meeting online on Saturday May 7th, with a strong emphasis on future career planning for newly trained GPs.

The theme was “Steps for Career Success in General Practice”. Participants heard from a range of GPs on the experiences of being partners in practices, and the choices in the first five years as a fully-fledged GP.

Speakers included Prof. Tom O’Dowd, the President of the ICGP, Dr Amy Morgan, GP Partner in Byranstown Medical, Dr Rita Doyle, GP and former President of the Medical Council, and Dr Austin Byrne, a GP Partner in Tramore Medical Centre.

The Director of the ICGP Network of Establishing GPs, Dr Knut Moe, said:
“This meeting is a great opportunity for GPs to ask questions and learn from the experiences of others in their first five years of practice. We know that as general practice is changing, with fewer single-handed practices, and the development of the Chronic Disease Management programme, future GPs are seeking portfolio careers and opportunities to specialise.”

There was an emphasis on the practicalities of setting up practices, demystifying the GMS contracts, and maximising practice efficiency.

Dr Moe added: “Some GPs can be put off by the prospect of becoming employers, and having to manage the nuts and bolts of a small business over and above being a GP. We want to demystify that and help put supports in place to make this an easier journey for the newly established GPs.”

“It’s a time of great opportunity in general practice, as the Chronic Disease Management programme expands and, since the pandemic, the general public has a greater understanding of the role of GPs. There’s an understanding that in the future there will be fewer single-handed GPs, that they will work in bigger practice teams, and this gives more opportunity for specialising and portfolio careers.”

A podcast with Dr Knut Moe about the ICGP NEGS programme can be heard on the ICGP’s Podcast “GP Works” here –

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