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The hidden gems of Somerset

One of the larger English counties and yet far from the most densely populated, Somerset has so many surprises waiting to be unwrapped. Those who live here have discovered many hidden gems, the wildflower meadows, beach waterfalls, ancient wells, unique carvings and underground reservoirs.  Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – the things you know such as delicious strawberries, authentic Cheddar cheese and thirst quenching cider. What is lesser known is the fossil hunting on local beaches, miles of mountain biking,  a network of footpaths and byways for walking and horse riding across the County including on the Quantocks   a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and discovering the beauty of the beaches and coastal paths. World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, and Arthurian Legends. Somerset borders Devon and Dorset both popular destinations for holidays, short breaks and day trips. For a more urban experience there is Bristol and Bath to the North, and Exeter to the West with plenty of options for museums and galleries, theatres and the diversity of city life. Somerset is the choice for those in search of the ultimate work-life balance, the quiet of the countryside and rural living but within easy reach of the full city experience.  The prolific American writer, John Steinbeck who lived and wrote in Bruton Somerset for a short while said this about it: “Time loses all it’s meaning. The peace I have dreamed about is here.”

Being a GP in Somerset

Being a GP in Somerset will see you working in largely settled but often diverse communities where you can build long-standing relationships with your patients. Our existing doctors and registrars will tell you that although working in general practice can be challenging, your hard work is rewarded when you become the trusted medical adviser to families as they develop and grow. Here you’ll be supported by one of the hardest working LMCs in the country. Dr Jill Wilson  Salaried GP at Crewkerne Health Centre
Training Programme Director Somerset GP Vocational Training Scheme
Clinical Lead Primary Care Workforce, Somerset CCG “As well as working as a partner in a traditional general practice for 28 years, I have been able to teach medical students, train the next generation of GPs as a training programme director, and engage with regional and national RCGP as well as our excellent LMC and CCG at many levels, truly a portfolio career.  My husband is also a GP and has enjoyed a long and happy career here, also ‘portfolio-ing' as a GPwSI in dermatology.   Living in our Somerset farmhouse has allowed us to grow roses around the door and keep chickens in the back yard within a 2-hour train ride from London, while our children could attend amazing state schools and follow their dreams to great universities. There is beautiful countryside in all directions and easily accessible coast. I made a great choice in 1991, and would recommend Somerset to any medical professional looking to relocate here; it’s a great place to ’work, rest and play”
Videos courtesy of GP in Somerset

 

Next steps: get in touch, find a job

Start your journey towards living and working in Somerset today by visiting gpinsomerset.com, speak with the Somerset LMC team on 01823 331428 or email somersetlmc.office@nhs.net Go to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to find videos and even more Q&As with our GPs in Somerset. Find us on Facebook Find us on Instagram Find us on Twitter