Dr Heidi Phillips (45) has trained, worked and lived in Swansea for the past 27 years. She cites the flexibility of being able to combine her roles, as a part-time local GP and educator at Swansea University Medical School, with her own studies for a Masters in Health Education and raising her four children, as the perfect partnership. Heidi explains:
“Life as a GP here in Wales is so flexible compared to other specialties and areas of the UK. There’s a real sense of empowerment. Formerly an anaesthetist, I re-trained in General Practice before accepting a part-time GP role in Swansea while I raised my four children. I’ve since gone on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Medical Education and I am now able to combine my job as a GP with an active teaching role at the Swansea University Medical School.
“It’s the perfect partnership. I get to work directly with my patients as partners in their healthcare as well as with medical students and trainees as partners in their learning and development. Being a portfolio GP means that I can take on extra projects too. I’m currently involved in a Welsh Government sponsored project that gives local school children, interested in a medical career, direct experience of working within a local General Practice surgery. I’m also involved in a project to make access to medical school more equitable as well as pioneering research into diabetes through a collaboration between my GP surgery and Swansea University.
“Not just a great place to train and work. Wales is also a great place to live. The stunning Gower peninsula is literally on my doorstep and for half the cost of an apartment in a big city, we live on a small holding and keep rare breed sheep as a hobby. Add to this the fact that it’s now easier than ever before for qualified GPs to register to work in Wales and start practising sooner and what’s NOT to like?”