Originally from Chester, Rebecca is only ten months away from qualifying as a GP. Rebecca explains: “ I was initially worried that I’d need to speak Welsh to train and work in North Wales but that hasn’t been the case at all. I’ve also been impressed with the unique Education Contract in Wales which has guaranteed me easy access to the required number of outpatient clinics, theatre sessions, ward rounds and other educational opportunities I’ve needed to complete my training. Plus the opportunity to train under a single employer for my GP work placements has provided me with a more personal and consistent training experience. Wales might not be an obvious first choice for many students. However, I would encourage anyone training to be a GP, who wants to make life-long friends, learn from some of the best in the business and enjoy some of the UK’s most unspoilt landscape, to put Wales firmly at the top of their list.”
Rebecca's positive experience echoes the findings of this year's General Medical Council (GMC) Survey 2016 which revealed that overall, trainee doctors in Wales are the most satisfied in the UK, according to the General Medical Council (GMC) Survey 2016.
Trainee doctors in Wales can enjoy a number of benefits such as new financial initiatives including a universal one-off payment for all GP speciality training programme trainees to help cover final exam costs and £20,000 for trainees in certain parts of Wales, providing they practice in the area for one year after they finish their training.
Other benefits include access to a wide range of speciality training, prestigious training fellowships and flexible training packages. Finally, trainees in Wales receive an education contract that guarantees access to all of the educational opportunities that are appropriate to their GP training.
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