On the experience of being a GP today
A Thinking Space for GPs
Dr Jenny Darkwah, GP
Dr Moyra McAllister, GP
Tim Kent, Consultant Psychotherapist, Primary Care Lead, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
GPs are a critical part of health care in the UK and are highly valued by the UK public. But GPs are providing care for over 1 million patients more now than they did 2 years ago, and are facing unsustainable workloads and increasing pressures such as growing demand for clinical care, more patients with complex care needs, and mounting demands to meet quality performance targets.
It is therefore not surprising that most GPs (59%) find their work ’very stressful’ or ‘extremely stressful’, and that an international survey of GPs in 2015* found that UK GPs have one of the lowest satisfaction rates amongst GPs internationally. More than one in five (22%) of GPs report being made ill by stress, and 29% have stated that they plan to leave general practice within the next 5 years.
This Thinking Space will provide a safe opportunity for GPs to explore their experiences of being a GP today and what might help to reduce isolation and burnout, and enable GPs to better cope with the pressures and challenges faced in general practice today.
*The Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 International Survey of Primary Care Physicians in 10 Nations
Thursday 7 December 2017, 7pm - 9pm (with refreshments served from 6.30pm)
5th Floor Lecture Theatre
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
120 Belsize Lane