Community Spotlight: Dr Rosalind Forward

I wanted a career where I could make a difference in patients lives but also get continuity of care, whilst also seeing a diverse range of things.

Q: Why did you decide to become a GP?

A: I wanted a career where I could make a difference in patients lives but also get continuity of care, whilst also seeing a diverse range of things. I also believe very strongly in doctors’ wellbeing and therefore, I wanted a career that would enable me to have work-life balance both throughout training and in the future. I felt GP would be the best for me to do this and maintain my other interests.

Q: What have you most enjoyed about your GP training?

A: Learning from my patients and peers. I find the mini-releases to be really amazing!

Q: What’s it like to be a GP at your practice?

A: My practice is really fantastic! It is a small team (5 GPs, a nurse, a phlebotomist and the reception staff). The team is really supportive and open to sharing ideas and helping each other. There is a diverse patient mix so there is always something to keep you on your toes.

Q: Looking back, what advice would you give yourself as a hospital registrar?

A: I never worked as a registrar prior to GP, so it was a big step. However, reflecting on my hospital days I would say – don’t rush to get out of the hospital environment; it is an amazing learning environment. Do a variety of rotations and learn as much as you can. It’s amazing how quickly you lose knowledge in each area as you change between rotations, but you need them ALL when working as a GP.

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