East London Health and Care Partnership ran its second successful GP Careers Fair in Stratford on 9 April. GP Federations from across east London came together to highlight some of the opportunities and benefits from working in primary care across our local area.
The event was also supported by the Royal College of GPs, Health Education England, the NHS Leadership Academy, east London CEPNs (Community Education Provider Networks) and the Medical Defence Union.
One trainee GP visiting the event said, “It’s great to hear that the NHS in east London is focusing on helping young GPs stay in the local area. I’d really like to stay here, and today’s fair has helped me think about where to go next.”
This, and other feedback from the event highlights that there has never been a more exciting time to work as a GP in east London, with a range of support and opportunities for newly qualified GPs.
Dr Anwar Khan chairs the North East London Joint Commissioning Committee and is the clinical chair and director of Research & Education at Waltham Forest CCG. Dr Khan told attendees that, “We have shown today that the camaraderie amongst GPs is second to none, and that there is so much support in the early years of your career for newly qualified GPs in east London.”
Local GP, Dr Farzana Hussain, who is based in Newham, is on the board of the local GP Federation as well as being a GP trainer and appraiser, an undergraduate tutor for Queen Mary’s University and a coach and local quality improvement champion. Dr Hussain’s enthusiasm for working in east London has not waned as she told the trainee GPs that, “working as a GP in east London makes me a better person every day, learning from a great team and I am privileged to serve so many diverse patients.”
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