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31 October

Why don’t GPs apply directly?

Why don’t GPs apply to jobs directly?

By Kirsty Morris

As Consultants we are often asked “Why don’t GPs apply directly to practices when looking for a job?” So, I thought I’d share a few insights for practices who have become frustrated by investing time, money and effort in advertising their clinical posts, to receive few or no applications from relevant candidates.

Why don't GPs apply directly to practices?

The DEVIL is in the detail

The current market is challenging for GPs; patient demands and volumes are high since the Pandemic, and as a result workload levels can be unmanageable in general practice.

I speak to many GPs who have made poor decisions on the practice they’ve joined, and are reluctant to make the same mistake twice. Many wish to speak to a Consultant to talk through the detail of the practice before investing time and effort applying for the post.

Myself and my colleagues are thorough from the start of the process and glean a large amount of information from the practice as well as when speaking to the clinician, to ensure the fit is right for both parties. As experts, we know the level of detail required to facilitate a smooth, successful process, and go above and beyond to avoid disappointment – resulting in a happy practice and clinician!



Looking for a permanent job can be stressful and overwhelming, particularly for newly qualified GPs who haven’t been through this process previously. Many opt to work with a Consultant who can offer guidance throughout the process, as well as support them in getting the most value from the meetings they have with practices, in order to make the right decision for them.

Clinicians are grateful to us for the reassuring support we offer through what can be an incredibly frightening time!

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FEAR of the unknown

Clinicians who are looking to relocate and explore practices in an area they haven’t worked in previously, often want to be informed about the new area, to gain insights into the norms and what-good-looks-like, in order to make the right decision.

At Menlo Park, the Consultants each look after a small region of the UK and can therefore offer useful insights to help alleviate the fear of the unknown.

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Seeking a post that is OTHER WORLDLY

Some GPs that we speak with are not actively seeking a new post, but maybe don’t have the opportunity to progress in their current practice, be it to a Leadership post or Partner, to become a GP Trainer or to develop a special interest in a clinical area.

Some GPs may be looking for a unique or specific post, or maybe a post that doesn’t become available often, and would like to be kept up to date in a bid to progress their careers.

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Want to find out more?

I hope this helps, and feel free to give our Consultants a call on 0113 350 1308 to find out more – WE DON’T BITE!



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