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The hidden gems of Somerset

One of the larger English counties and yet far from the most densely populated, Somerset has so many surprises waiting to be unwrapped. Those who live here have discovered many hidden gems, the wildflower meadows, beach waterfalls, ancient wells, unique carvings and underground reservoirs.  Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – the things you know such as delicious strawberries, authentic Cheddar cheese and thirst quenching cider. What is lesser known is the fossil hunting on local beaches, miles of mountain biking,  a network of footpaths and byways for walking and horse riding across the County including on the Quantocks   a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and discovering the beauty of the beaches and coastal paths. World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, and Arthurian Legends. Somerset borders Devon and Dorset both popular destinations for holidays, short breaks and day trips. For a more urban experience there is Bristol and Bath to the North, and Exeter to the West with plenty of options for museums and galleries, theatres and the diversity of city life. Somerset is the choice for those in search of the ultimate work-life balance, the quiet of the countryside and rural living but within easy reach of the full city experience.  The prolific American writer, John Steinbeck who lived and wrote in Bruton Somerset for a short while said this about it: “Time loses all it’s meaning. The peace I have dreamed about is here.”

Being a GP in Somerset

Being a GP in Somerset will see you working in largely settled but often diverse communities where you can build long-standing relationships with your patients. Our existing doctors and registrars will tell you that although working in general practice can be challenging, your hard work is rewarded when you become the trusted medical adviser to families as they develop and grow. Here you’ll be supported by one of the hardest working LMCs in the country. Dr Kathryn Patrick
GP and Acute Trust Director of Primary Care
Menopause specialist "I moved to Somerset in 2006 and have worked here as a GP with a special interest in women’s health since that time. Being from the north, then attending Medical School in Birmingham, I have gradually migrated south…Having always dreamed of living in the sort of area where people choose to come on holiday, I am delighted to call Somerset my home. With easy access to plush countryside and beautiful beaches, Somerset offers that ‘get away from it all’ feeling, yet a city trip to Exeter, Bristol, Bath or even London is easily doable! I have a son and daughter, and find Somerset a lovely, safe place to raise children with excellent state schools available. In addition to my role as a GP and Menopause Specialist,  since 2017 I have also worked as the Director of Primary Care at our Acute Trust. I am proud to work in a county where the relationship between Primary Care and Secondary Care is strong and very supportive of portfolio working. We also have a strong leadership team in our LMC who work very closely with our Acute Trust and ICB. If you are looking for a more relaxed, friendly, varied and supported way of life then a career as a GP in Somerset is for you." Dr Jeremy Imms
Sessional GP
GP Clinical Lead non site specific cancer
Associate Clinical Director Primary Care NHS Somerset “I started working in Yeovil in 2001 with 3 young children who have all thrived in the beautiful space and countryside that we have in the West Country, the education locally has allowed them to maximise their potential whilst growing up in a fantastic environment. My wife has worked locally as a Community Paediatrician. We have good rail and road connections so can access the cities if we want but have coast and countryside on our doorstep. During the Pandemic, low levels of Covid in Somerset and living in a small village made life much easier than living in the city; we have low crime levels and good air quality. I have worked as a partner for 20 years and am now enjoying the range of GP career options available whilst enjoying the relaxed rural lifestyle, Somerset is a beautiful county and a great place to live whatever stage you are in your career!” Dr Jill Wilson  Salaried GP at Crewkerne Health Centre
Training Programme Director Somerset GP Vocational Training Scheme
Clinical Lead Primary Care Workforce, NHS Somerset “As well as working as a partner in a traditional general practice for 28 years, I have been able to teach medical students, train the next generation of GPs as a training programme director, and engage with regional and national RCGP as well as our excellent LMC and CCG at many levels, truly a portfolio career.  My husband is also a GP and has enjoyed a long and happy career here, also ‘portfolio-ing' as a GPwSI in dermatology.   Living in our Somerset farmhouse has allowed us to grow roses around the door and keep chickens in the back yard within a 2-hour train ride from London, while our children could attend amazing state schools and follow their dreams to great universities. There is beautiful countryside in all directions and easily accessible coast. I made a great choice in 1991, and would recommend Somerset to any medical professional looking to relocate here; it’s a great place to ’work, rest and play”
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