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What is a GP?

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Contents * What a General Practitioner is and what they do. * How they carry out their role/what is the nature of their role? * The scientific knowledge my professional possesses. * The technical skills & specialist equipment my professional uses. * The qualifications and personal qualities & training my professional has. * The rules and regulations my professional must obey. * The financial or budget restriction my professional works within. * Interview * The financial structure of the NHS * Bibliography What is a GP? A general practitioner or GP is a medical practitioner who provides primary care and specializes in family medicine. A general practitioner treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education for all ages and both sexes. They have particular skills in treating people with multiple health issues and comorbidities. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_practitioner What do they do? Their main job is to diagnose patients and prescribe medicine if needed to help with their illness. The also give advice in health issues and lifestyle. They help to treat a wide range of diseases and they can also refer patients to other healthcare professionals for further advice and help. Diagnosis To make a correct diagnosis a GP has to explore all the possible reasons for your symptoms, and that can take time. Let's say that you're always feeling tired. This could be due to many different reasons: stress, depression, noisy neighbours, a thyroid gland disorder, diabetes or a chronic infection, to name but a few. Through careful questioning, examination and tests, your GP will eventually eliminate the suspects and solve your problem. ...read more.

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Some GPs work towards higher degrees (doctorates) by undertaking original research. The degrees vary according to the university, but the abbreviations would be DM, DPhil, MD or PhD. Source: http://www.bma.org.uk/patients_public/doctorsqual.jsp The personal qualities required to be a good GP include: Why? * Ability to care about patients and their relatives * A commitment to providing high quality care - could get charged and the patient could get serious diseases if they're wrong and you could get bad rep * An awareness of one's own limitations - do what you specialise in * An ability to seek help when appropriate - could make a mistake * Commitment to keeping up to date and improving quality of one's own performance * Appreciation of the value of team work * Clinical competence - able to use medical apparatus properly * Organisational ability * Must be empathetic towards patients * Good communication and interpersonal skills * Be able to keep confidential information to their selves. Source: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/details/Default.aspx?Id=656 Rules and regulations a GP must follow: * They must not have a sexual or improper emotional relationship of any kind with a patient because you need to maintain professional boundaries and the trust of patients and the public. * If there is a possibility of a sexual relationship with a former patient they should consider: the former patients vulnerability, nature of previous professional relationship and how long the professional relationship lasted and when it ended. A personal judgement needs to be made and you need to consider the nature and possible circumstances and if you would be abusing your professional position. ...read more.

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Having 10 regions works for the better and there would be all types of drugs to go around the whole area and get to the patients who need it. The money is split unequally but the bigger the population, the more money is given to that area. It also depends on how much more money is being earned in the area and there tends to be more being earned the further south you go. In each strategic health authority, the money is split between two health trusts: 25% of the funds go to the NHS Trust and 75% to the Primary Care Trust. In the NHS Trust, the 25% of money is spent on the hospitals and its staff, training, buildings and equipment etc. In the hospitals, you would be asked who your GP is and they will then send a bill to them. The hospitals generally look after you but they don't pay for your medication, they provide the facilities and medical team to help the patients get better. In the Primary Care Trust, the 75% of money is mostly spent on Drugs and the rest on the GP surgeries. The money for the GP surgeries is also divided into paying the GP's personal incomes, salaries of other staff such as nurses and receptionists, cleaners and building and equipment. This large sum of money helps in paying the bills sent over from the hospital for medication for the GP's patients. Thus why most of the money is spent on the drugs and 75% is required as medication can be expensive. ...read more.

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