7 Tips for Survival as a Locum General Practitioner

Embarking on your journey as a locum general practitioner can be both exciting and daunting.

Here are seven essential tips to help you navigate and survive the early months: 

Understand that every practice setting is unique, and there will be a learning curve as you familiarise yourself with new systems, protocols, and patient populations. Approach each new assignment with curiosity and a willingness to learn. 

Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance from colleagues, nurses, and support staff. They can provide valuable insights and assistance as you acclimatise to your new environment. 

Develop systems and routines to stay organised amidst the fast-paced nature of general practice. Keep track of appointments, patient notes, and administrative tasks to ensure nothing falls through the cracks. 

Prioritise your tasks and manage your time effectively to balance patient care, administrative duties, and personal time. Use tools like calendars and to-do lists to stay on top of your responsibilities. 

Prioritise self-care to maintain your physical and mental well-being during the demanding early months. Get enough rest, eat nutritious meals, exercise regularly, and engage in activities that recharge you outside of work. 

Foster positive relationships with patients, colleagues, and support staff. Building rapport and trust with your team and patients can help ease the transition and make your early months more manageable. 

Understand that challenges and setbacks are inevitable, especially in the early months of a new role. Stay resilient, stay positive, and view each obstacle as an opportunity for growth and learning. 

Surviving the early months as a locum general practitioner requires patience, resilience, and a willingness to adapt. By following these tips and embracing the journey with an open mind, you can navigate the challenges and lay a solid foundation for a successful career in locum practice. 

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