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GPs escape to the country to promote rural GP training

An innovative campaign to promote general practice training in underdoctored parts of the UK has sprung up through social media, showing Cumbrian GPs consulting on lakeside jetties and among Neolithic stone circles.

The #GreatBritishConsultations tag was the brainchild of the East Cumbria GP Training Programme. The campaign hopes to set out the benefits of training and practising medicine in one of the UK’s most picturesque areas.

The programme sets trainees themselves the task of explaining what inspires them about rural practice, and the website states trainees will have opportunities for placements in urban and rural practices around the Lake District, Scottish borders and ‘Hadrian’s Wall country’.

East Cumbria GP Training Programme director, Dr Natalie Hawkrig, told Pulse: ‘Working as part of Health Education North East to train GPs in East Cumbria, we are fully aware of the national issues around recruiting GP trainees into rural areas. We wanted to develop something that showed potential trainees that working in a rural environment can offer diversity and career satisfaction whilst being surrounded by beauty.’

Current GP trainee, Rose Singleton, said of the scheme: ‘We started #GreatBritishConsultations as a way of getting noticed on social media. I love training in this beautiful rural area and wanted to inspire others to do the same. It’s important to me that rural areas are not seen as “second best”; in East Cumbria we have an incredible training scheme that is flexible, innovative and forward- thinking and we want others to know about it.’

The local scheme comes amid national drives to recruit more GPs after Pulse revealed that applications for the first intake round of GP training posts fell this year for the second year in a row.

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  • Ridiculous

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  • good luck with that...

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  • What utter rubbish. This is actually insulting and demoralising the profession. Can RCGP comment on this?

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  • Nice pictures but false assumptions, come into GP land anywherein UK, 11 hr days means at least half of year your unlikely to see anything out side an office or a car,and it will usually be dark.The rest of the off time your to exhausted to go and see lovely vistas.Do it part time.I also bet the veiws in Aus/ New Zealand and Canada are a lot more breathtaking The renumeration and work /life balance are easier to achieve.Sadly deluded.

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  • I really don't understand the negativity in the above comments. What about this ridiculous? What is insulting or demoralising? You have a good of GP trainees who are clearly enjoying their training and their surroundings, who recognise that recruitment into their specialty is falling, and they're trying to do something about it. That should be championed!! Nobody is pretending GP isn't a challenging, underfunded, understaffed profession. But despite this, these motivated trainees enjoy it and obviously find their work/life balance is improved by working somewhere so beautiful. I think if those commenting are genuinely current GPs, you should be ashamed. Ask yourself, what are YOU doing to encourage recruitment? Certainly not inspiring those following in your footsteps. The initiative may not be successful but you should admire these trainees and this trust for trying.

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  • i agree with Sarah! I know many GPs in Cumbria and am sure that while the job is no more or less challenging than enywhere in the UK, they actually do get to run, walk and enjoy the fells, and also get involved in interesting areas such as mountain medicine & rescue.

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  • Struggling to understand the negativity here. In what way is promoting general practice not a good thing? I think some of the people writing comments here need to consider whether they are in the right job. If you hate your life and job this much then why not spend what you have remaining of your life doing something else? At least why spend it knocking people who are trying to do something positive?

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