Former medical devices sales representative, Nicholas Williams, is realising his career goal of becoming a GP thanks to a £20,000 training incentive from the Welsh Government. He is one of the first intake of GP Trainees in Wales to benefit from this new incentive which was introduced in 2016. He explains:
“As a former medical devices rep in South West England, hospital visits were part of the day job and my first insight into the world of Medical Practice. I was inspired to go back to University to study Medicine and in 2011 was lucky enough to secure a place at Swansea University. As a Postgraduate and a proud Welshman, Swansea was my first choice University.
“I’m currently progressing through General Practice Specialty Training in Paediatrics at Glangwili General Hospital, in West Wales. I’ve been lucky enough to benefit from the new Welsh Government incentive scheme introduced in 2016. Under this scheme, a £10,000 payment is awarded to starting trainee GPs in areas of Wales experiencing long term challenges in filling GP roles. The remaining £10,000 of the incentive payment is on condition that I work in West Wales for a minimum of a year following completion of my training.
“Honouring this commitment to remain in West Wales as a qualified GP is a no brainer for me. The Paediatric team here at Glangwili are so friendly and supportive, it is a privilege to be part of it. We’re constantly encouraged to be ourselves, to ask questions, to take advantage of the experience of others around us when we need extra help or advice and learn as much as we can.
“Life as part of the local community is equally as welcoming and supportive. It’s so easy to fit in and feel part of the community.With the UK’s best coast lines and Brecon Beacons on the doorstep – what’s not to love about training, working and living here in Wales? I’d encourage anyone looking to progress their medical career to consider what Wales has to offer.”