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::Career options for the adventurous GP::

Ships Doctor

Ever thought about cruising the world on a luxury liner? How about seeing the world and getting paid for it? This option may appeal to the young at heart doctor who does not have many fixed commitments yet. The popularity of cruising is increasing rapidly, and all decent cruise ships have at least one doctor onboard (most have two). This work involves long periods away from home living onboard a luxury vessel. You are expected to work four months onboard followed by six to eight weeks paid leave before going out again. The pay is very good, especially as you do not have to pay for accommodation or your meals. When not on duty, you will usually be given access to the passenger facilities (spa, gym etc.), and when in port as long as there is one doctor and one nurse onboard, you will be allowed to go and explore. The medical work is varied and can be challenging - you could be dealing with a cardiac arrest in the morning and dealing with minor ailments in clinic in the afternoon. All the major cruise companies recruit almost continuously, and most require at least a one year commitment.

Prison Doctor

Britain 's prison population is growing, and inmates often have many healthcare needs - there are higher than average levels of mental health problems, drug abuse, and the odd minor injury to deal with. Many GPs help cover the rota at their local prison for a fee, or work the odd shift through a locum agency. However, there are doctors that work in prisons full time. Although this is challenging work, it allows you to help develop the service and practice preventative medicine as well as treating unwell patients. A useful qualification for those considering this line of work is the RCGP Certificate in Drug Misuse Management.

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