General practice should cast off the stuffy reputation of traditional models of working and embrace ‘exciting’ new systems to attract trainees into the workforce, Health Education England (HEE) has said.

Selling new ways of working and flexible careers will be emphasised as part of plans to get more trainees into the profession and build a positive future for general practice, say senior HEE bosses.

The push will see less of an emphasis on traditional models, which trainees said represented an outdated view of general practice and does not appeal to the next generation of doctors.

Future of general practice

HEE said it would focus on highlighting how flexible a career in general practice can be to entice new recruits as part of a multi-pronged approach – with an emphasis on the opportunities of a portfolio career. The body is also looking at how to make it easier for GPs to have more flexible careers.

HEE also aims to offer 250 places on its post-CCT training courses over the next year. These allow newly-qualified GPs to do a further year of training in a specialism, often completed while working part time as a GP.

Without naming names I know that most of the GP’s in my current practice are working flexibly or indeed have a portfolio career. You can see the attraction as they crumble under a regime which has them seeing a new patient every 10 minutes.


My last posting was all about portfolio living – including portfolio careers – taking over from traditional life stages like Retirement. I have intimated that I have been spending much time over the past 2 years in producing an online learning programme to help people prepare and plan for their retirement as of course we are still using that term – for the present! I am happy to be able to report that the programme is now available and free to use, thanks to partnering with Aviva. So do have a look at

And ‘No’ – I have no intention of retiring! What could possibly give me any more pleasure, fun and fulfilment than my portfolio career when I never know just what is coming next. My latest project is as an investor and contributor to what will be an amazing venture and website early next year with the modest aim of combatting childhood obesity – by attracting children under 7 who in turn will educate their parents.

Who would want one job!!



Retirement and Portfolio Living

15 September 2016

In writing our book in 2009 we were intrigued to discover research that suggested that the 2 groups most attracted by the notion of pursuing a portfolio career were the Millennials (under 28’s) and the 60+ group. Us ‘baby boomers’ have fundamentally changed every life stage we have lived through. Remember the 60’s? No of […]

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Portfolio Careers in Iran!

6 September 2016

Yes our book  has just been published in Iran by Magyar Publishers. If you use Google Translate you can see the book featured on their website at in the science section. Don’t all rush at once! Fascinated to discover why it has interested a major publisher in Iran. We would be delighted to hear […]

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What portfolio careers workers need for event marketing

8 August 2016

We have used infographics from our creative friends at before and this was one I really liked as it emphasises all the options you should be thinking through for marketing an event or anything else for that matter. Hope you enjoy it and thanks to Clare Maximillion for sending it to us.  

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Brexit, Portfolio Careers and the Positives of Uncertainty

25 June 2016

I am delighted to introduce a guest blog today, Rachel Brushfield, director of Energise – The Talent Liberation Company. Rachel shares her thoughts on uncertainty following the Leave outcome of the UK referendum. The certainty of uncertainty While on holiday in Sicily recently, I awoke to hotter than expected June air and the smell […]

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1 in 3 US workers now have 2 or more job…..

31 May 2016

…. according to a the latest report from Adobe titled “Work in Progress”. Just over 1,000 U.S. office workers were questioned on their sentiments about the future of work. I was asked in an interview recently if porfolio careers had a future!!

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Hire Me My Way

30 May 2016

An excellent new resource for people looking for alternatives to the traditional concepts of work and careers. The Hire Me My Way campaign is led by Timewise, a multi-award winning social business. Their founding vision is that ‘everyone should be able to find the flexibility they need in their job, without losing their value in the workplace.’ […]

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3 simple steps that tell the difference between a job you like and a job…..

28 May 2016

I am delighted to introduce a guest blog today from Lizzie Penny, Co-founder and Joint CEO of The Hoxby Collective . Lizzie breaks down the 3 steps you need to take to land a job you absolutely love in 2016. Finding a job that puts a spring in your step changes work from being a […]

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Australia discovers portfolio careers!

2 May 2016

Well not exactly, as we know from much correspondance that the concept is alive and well ‘down under’. However, I was interested to read a recent article in The Australian Business Review in which the author seems to have adopted a US expression to describe the phenomenon – slash careers. Marci Alboher wrote a book […]

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