Trainee GP, Rebecca Andrews (37), from Chester, is just 10 months away from qualifying as a GP with the Health Board in North Wales. Based in Wrexham, Rebecca says:
"Wrexham is a great place to train, work and live. The nearest city of Liverpool is just an hour away, with great transport links to London as well as the stunning Snowdonia National Park practically on my doorstop.
“What’s more, the GP training I’ve received here in North Wales over the past three years has been second to none. Coming from Chester, I was initially worried that I’d need to speak Welsh to train here but that hasn’t been the case at all.
“I’ve also been impressed with the up close and personal approach to my training. There’s no danger of feeling like just another number in the system here. I enjoy a very strong bond with my course tutors and peers and feel supported every step of the way. The unique Education Contract here in Wales 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. The opportunity to train under a single employer GP work placement has provided me with a more personal and consistent training experience, but also helped me financially as the three-year contract made my mortgage application extremely easy.
"And if that wasn’t enough, the work life balance is great too. During my time here in Wrexham I’ve become a keen tag rugby player. I run regularly with the other GPs I work with and when not running, you’ll find us all socialising together at the local pub or tramping around Snowdonia National Park – there’s great camaraderie at our health board.
“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.”