Dr David Williams (38) is a trainee GP working in South Wales. Originally from Dorset in England, David’s love for the coast meant that Wales was a strong contender. Now settled in a training programme, he has, what he considers, the perfect work life balance. David says:
“I picked Cardiff University to study for my Medical degree, not only for its great reputation, but because I was eager to be near the coast. Little did I know that I’d still be living in Wales years later. I’m now living just a few minutes from the sea and training as a GP in Porthcawl.
“Deciding on General Practice was an easy choice for me. Having previously explored careers in Plastic Surgery and Emergency Medicine, I know variety is important for me, but I also want to spend as much time as possible with my three young children. I’m currently working part-time at 80% with the continuous support of my supervisors and programme directors, and I intend to complete my training in February 2020.
“Fortunately, as a GP, I will still have the opportunity to work in my other areas of interest. Once fully qualified I plan to split my week between my GP practice, the Emergency Department and carrying out minor operations for the Plastics Department. They say variety is the spice of life!
“General Practice ticks the box for me plus so much more. It’s an amazing privilege to be part of people’s lives every day at the surgery, and I love that each day is different. But best of all, living and working minutes from the sea, I’m able to start my day with a trip to the beach with my dogs and my surfboard. Along with weekend trips mountain biking in the Brecon Beacons, I can’t imagine a better place to live and work as a GP. Not many doctors can say they get the opportunity to have a quick surf before seeing their patients!”