As a GP, you'll typically need to:
  • respond to patients' medical or health problems by referring to their history and carrying out diagnosis, investigation, treatment, and referral as appropriate
  • maintain confidentiality and impartiality
  • liaise with medical professionals in the community and hospitals
  • promote health education in conjunction with other health professionals
  • organise preventative medical programmes for individual patients
  • provide specialist clinics for specific conditions or for certain groups, such as diabetes, smoking cessation and new babies
  • meet targets set by the government for specific treatments, such as child immunisations
  • discuss the development of new pharmaceutical products with pharmaceutical sales representatives
  • carry out a range of administrative work, including signing repeat prescriptions, death certificates and fitness for work statements, as well as preparing letters and reports
  • attend staff meetings
  • keep up to date with medical developments, new drugs, at medical schools or hospitals.  treatments and medications, including complementary medicine
  • observe and assess the work of trainee GPs and medical students and teach