General Practitioner

GPs are a valued and vital part of the NHS team. Regardless of where you are on your career path – considering the specialty, straight out of training, in your mid-career or nearing retirement – Greater Manchester can offer you opportunities to develop a rewarding and sustainable career in general practice. Find out more by exploring the sections below.

General practitioners (GPs) treat all common medical conditions and refer patients to hospitals and other medical services for urgent and specialist treatment. They focus on the health of the whole person combining physical, psychological and social aspects of care.

General practitioners have an important role in looking after patients in their homes and within the communities where they live. They are part of a much wider team whose role includes promoting, preventing and initiating treatment. GPs look after patients with chronic illness, with the aim to keep people in their own homes and ensuring they are as well as they possibly can be.

GPs are often the first point of contact for anyone with a physical or mental health problem and patients can be at their most anxious. Looking after the whole person – the physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural and economic aspects through patient-centred approaches is a vital part of any GP’s role. This is becoming more important with terminally ill patients often choosing to stay at home.

There are over 1.3 million GP consultations in the UK every day, most of which take place in a GP surgery or within the patient’s home. GPs occasionally work as part of teams attached to hospitals with roles in accident and emergency centres, discharge planning and in unscheduled care (such as urgent care centres). In the community they may run clinics in schools and in residential and nursing care homes.

Medical Education

Courses are available for GPs who wish to clinically supervise the wider workforce in a Primary Care learning environment. This workforce includes Pharmacists, Physician Associates, International GPs and Advanced Healthcare Practitioners in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and the new GP Contract. There is also a GMC requirement to be an approved Clinical Supervisor if a GP is taking on this role. Find out more »

Tier 2 Doctors

Tier 2 is an immigration route for non-European Economic Area (EEA) migrants who wish to work in the UK. Tier 2 GP Trainees are sponsored by Health Education England (HEE), but that sponsorship ends when they complete training and so must find employment with a new sponsoring organisation or must return to their home country. NHS England provides financial support to newly qualified Tier 2 GPs to help them remain in the UK. Find out more »