Mid-Career PCN Fellowship: Feedback from Fellows 2021-22
How have your career plans changed as a result of the Fellowship?
It has made me realise that there are other opportunities out there than just coal-face GP… I don’t have to INCREASE clinical role but can seek other roles.
Now I am able to have a portfolio career in an area I am really interested in. This has happened totally as a result of the fellowship.
I am more comfortable with continuing into NHS leadership roles and advisory roles
I have reflected on my current ‘happiness’ within my career and made changes to improve this.
I will look at different portfolio gp options to complement my current gp role.
I feel more confident about finding and taking up portfolio career opportunities
I am not sure, it’s maybe too early to say as I have been busy with the project but I would say it will definitely have an impact on my career
I have broadened my knowledge and become more expert in a particular field. I am hoping this will enable me to move my career in different directions in the future
I have a clearer understanding of what I want from my career albeit implementing this is still a work in progress
Definitely, I’ve been offered a community lead GP job
What has been the single most important thing that you have learned as a result of the Fellowship?
An overall feel for how the wider community/management/ICB structure/council etc actually fit into working for health of the community together with some contacts for the future in my area.
To be braver and more confident.
How effectively the PCN can form collaborations and links if a senior GP is given the headspace and protected time to work on this.
Learning and sharing with our fellowship Colleagues
The importance of connections within a team (be it practice or PCN) and with the wider team (e.g. locality, social care, allied health care professionals etc).
To believe in myself – at the start I had no experience in this sort of project work and now I am really proud of what I have achieved and feel better able to take up future opportunities
NHS politics can be exhausting
That there is something outside the clinical box which helped me to feel more resilient in the day to day clinical work
Confidence and to start to put my imposter syndrome tendencies aside
I am not alone in my struggles and people do care and want to help. This allows one thing – that change can happen for the better
Perseverance and staying focussed to the task. It was a very good networking opportunity with fellow colleagues who are more or less in the same position in terms of career and life. I hope to build on the fellowship and I’d certainly recommend to others.
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