GPs in their first five years are being offered extra support in Birmingham and Solihull with the creation of a First 5 Network.
The network, in collaboration with the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) Midland Faculty and the RCGP First 5 Committee, will offer those in their first five years and GP trainees, support with career pathways, wellbeing, mentorship, opportunities for continuous professional development and the chance to work within peer support groups.
Dr Natasha Gupta, a GP partner at Solihull Healthcare Partnership, and Dr Daya Chandan, a GP for Druid Group in Birmingham, have been appointed as NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s First 5 Network Clinical Leads.
“Due to the lack of support post qualification, GPs at the start of their career could find themselves not receiving the guidance they need to be fully effective during the first five years of their career,” said Dr Gupta.
“Transitioning from trainee to a GP in their first five years can be a really difficult time, leading many to feel overwhelmed and isolated, which is why we are offering support through the Birmingham and Solihull First 5 Network.”
The First 5 Network is encouraging first five years GPs and trainees to come along to a co-design event on Saturday 15 June, from 9.30am-2pm, at Birmingham City Football Club, to help shape and develop the new network. Places can be booked online here.
Dr Chandan added: “Having a motivated and content workforce is imperative for the future of general practice, and I would encourage all our Birmingham and Solihull first five years GPs to come along to the event and help us create a network which can truly support and guide them.”