Interview with a GP
In December 2015 i-studentglobal spoke to a number of healthcare professionals to find out a bit more about their daily working lives. We chatted with Dr Shujeebur Rahman an NHS General Practicioner living in Brighton, Uniterd Kingdom. Shujeebur studied Medicine at University of Liverpool and has been working as a GP for under a year.
Is there such a thing as a typical working pattern? How many shifts do you usually work over a 4-week period?
My hours vary week to week. Often I am on call/doing late shifts 2-3 times a week from 8am to 7:30/8pm otherwise I am usually in at 7:15am and finish around 6:30pm.
What are your day to day duties?
First thing in the morning on a normal day I try to get in around 7:15am before my clinic starts to make a dent in my paperwork and blood results. Then go on to see my patients in my routine clinic at 8:30. This is a 3.5 hour clinic with patients every 10 minutes in the morning. This can often involve answering nurse/HCA/reception queries. I then try to do 10-15 minutes of further paperwork and head off on 2-3 home visits which can take up to 45 minutes each. Spot of lunch whilst writing up my visits/organising tests/follow up or admission. During a normal working day I go to a practice meeting where we can raise any concerns/difficult cases/discuss the running of the practice and once a month discussion of our patients on our palliative care list. I have a further clinic at the end of the day and end up doing my dictations before I leave.