GPs provide medical care for patients in the community. They diagnose and treat illness, disease and infection.
To become a GP, you will need to complete a degree in medicine. Then you will need to pass a two-year foundation programme of general training. You will also need specialist training in general practice.
A GP needs to have compassion and a sense of responsibility. They need to put people at ease, and gain their trust and confidence. They also need to work under pressure and make quick decisions.
Doctors that specialise in a particular aspect of health work in both NHS and privately run hospitals and health centres.