Here are some key skills and tasks you need to develop and consider in your first few months of GP training.
Work on your professionalism
Remember, your clinical practice must be complemented by your professionalism in the workplace!
- Prompt communication
- Administrative workload.
Don’t leave everything to the last minutes. Here are the common tasks left late:
- Practice logs
- Learning plan
- Teaching Advisory meetings with your medical educator
- Online modules/educational activities
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Breaks, fatigue management and leave
Place administrative time-slots during your patient consulting time.
It seems simple, basic advice which we give all our patients, but remember to have your own GP!
Organise your annual leave early. If you intend to take annual leave, it is worth bringing up your initial intentions with your new practice, and even getting it written into your employment agreement. A practice can not unreasonably refuse requests for annual leave, however, there will be busy times in your clinic and times when other staff members are on leave. Asking, or informing your practice early on, can avoid potential conflict.
The NTCER Section 16.2 – Fatigue Management. Be familiar with this. You can also access sick and carer’s leave which also covers personal illness, caring responsibilities, and family emergencies. If you need sick or carer’s leave, use it.