Local GPs tour local schools to help to recruit more doctors

Dr Mike Saad WHSBLocal doctors across south east Essex are touring schools to help encourage students to consider a career as a doctor.

Over 100 students attended an event last night at Westcliff High School for Boys where Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre discussed:

  • What’s needed - qualifications and beyond
  • What to expect from higher education & post-graduate training –length, content, cost
  • Impact of new technology on primary care
  • Tips on writing a personal statement
  • Typical starting salary and earning potential / prospects
  • Working hours/patterns
  • Typical day Details about the job e.g. “a day in the life of a ………….”

The role of the GP as an expert medical generalist with the breadth of medical knowledge to understand complex, multiple, long-term conditions is more important than ever.

Dr Mike Saad, GP member of NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“It’s fair to say the work can be hard, the hours may be long, but knowing that you can change and improve peoples’ lives is very rewarding.

Every day is different. You simply never know what you will be dealing with next. It could be a headache that won’t go away, a chest infection, a schizophrenic breakdown, a pregnancy or a child with breathing difficulties.  It’s time to raise the profile of primary care and the vital role that it plays as part of our community, many GPs are approaching retirement and we are looking for a new generation of doctors to take the reins.”

The talk is part of a wider schools-tour organised by NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of a wider workforce strategy. 

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