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Private practice vs NHS

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by princessbunion, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. princessbunion

    princessbunion Welcome New Poster


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    Hi

    I am finding working in the NHS incredibly difficult. This stems from NHS management, bureaucracy and generally not being the clinician I would like to be.

    There is little opportunity for skills enhancement, when I try and be proactive I am often met with red tape. I do enjoy being a Podiatrist, but I am considering whether Private Practice is a better fit for me.

    I do mostly Biomechanics and some routine in the NHS. I was wondering if anyone else had come accross a similar issue and had maybe moved across to PP?
     
  2. StudentPod28

    StudentPod28 Member

    I'm in 3rd year now and thinking about private practice, seems more lucrative
     
  3. princessbunion

    princessbunion Welcome New Poster

    I think the experience and the training you get in the NHS is priceless. It is a difficult thing to be a competent Podiatrist; especially when dealing with such a diverse range of patients.

    I personally don't think I would have coped with private practice straight out of university. Everyone is different and you need to find your own path. But it isn't all about money.
     
  4. StudentPod28

    StudentPod28 Member

    I get the impression coping on the NHS will be a great deal more difficult than private practice. Your right it's not all about money , but it would be nice to have some for a change :).. good luck
     
  5. Seamus McNally

    Seamus McNally Active Member

    There are pros and cons. I've done public and private. I 'm happy now in part time private. But...
    Nothing to say you'll find a pot of gold in private practice. Slow to build up and lots of overheads. In public sector you have steady income and know where you stand each week. I know when you're young you don't think much about pensions but in time people realise what an asset a public sector retirement is, especially in such uncertain times. Then you have to allow for holidays in private practice, and CPD.
    Also as a previous poster said there is great experience in the public sector especially after qualifying. You are also gaining from the multidisciplinary mix. I put 5 children through college and they all traveled afterwards. You start building a private practice then be sure you have the travel bug itched from your system, because from once you get on the treadmill it never switches off. Unless you enjoy starting from scratch again.
     
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