In 1999 I had my first taste of English General Practice when I came here as a medical student from Amsterdam’s Vrije Universiteit doing clinical attachments. I enjoyed the local set-up and structure so much I came back for more and did my general practice training here.
A couple of kids (12 and 16 years old) later I’ve now lived here 15 years and worked as a GP for 8 years and its attraction is still obvious. There are lots of reasons for this including the ongoing superb clinical support like annual appraisal and the young practitioners group (Grimsby Docs); the ability to have a say in the local care strategy development through the CCG; having the choice to participate in multiple affiliated roles (teaching Hull and York Medical School students and GP registrars, GP-appraisal and GP Out-of-Hours). Because the quality of day-to-day life in North-East Lincolnshire is so good, being and staying here has been truly fulfilling and I can strongly recommend it to anyone.
The workload is varied. The local links to social and mental health care are easily accessible for professionals and patients. The fact is we are a compact community with well-developed primary, community and secondary care and teaching/training facilities.
My family use the transport links from Humberside airport to Amsterdam’s international Schiphol Airport (45 minutes!) a lot, as do our frequent visitors from abroad. My husband often travels abroad for work and uses this convenient link. The overnight car ferry connection from Hull to Holland has also come in handy for friends bringing bikes to explore the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside, it’s a definite hidden gem! Brace yourselves for some hills though.