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Seeking a new GP? Try speed dating!

From Dr Anita Sharma

Oldham

Shortlisting candidates for GP positions has become more and time-consuming because the number of applicants is increasing.

Hospitals have tried various methods, such as scoring systems and structured application forms, but what about general practice?

Our PCT's young, forward-thinking managers have introduced an evening of 'speed dating' in which potential recruits and recruiting practices are given 10 minutes, in the presence of a referee, to ask about personal details and career aspirations.

There was no time for boring stuff like management skills, audit or research, but it enabled one to gauge personality and whether someone might fit into the team.

The process made shortlisting faster and allowed better comparison between the candidates.

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