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A new scheme to boost the number of GPs in Bedfordshire and address shortages has been launched by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

18 January 2017


Bedfordshire resident, Dr Jasmin Ali is the latest recruit to the new training scheme. Undertaking a one year GP fellowship here in Bedfordshire, Jasmin is passionate about Mental Health and hopes to make a difference by improving the experience of patients in crisis.

“I became a doctor because I wanted to help people, and as a newly qualified GP, I could see challenges in the system and the opportunity to do more.” Jasmin said.

Jasmin comes from a family of doctors. Her father trained in Bangladesh as a doctor, achieved a PHD from Manchester University and has been a Professor of Pharmacology. Although not always Jasmin’s intension to follow in her father’s footsteps, she changed her mind after travelling the world and visiting Africa, America, Middle East, South East Asia and Europe. She said, “travelling made me want to become a doctor. I wanted to make a difference and become the first point of call to help someone.”

Born in the UK, Jasmine studied in Bangladesh, but chose to return to England to practice medicine. “I’m not originally from Bedfordshire and so I come with a fresh outlook and I am keen to share my ideas on how we can make a difference to local residents, that’s why I joined the fellowship scheme,” Jasmin added.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Project Manager for the scheme, Georgina Moore said, “we are delighted to have Jasmin working with the organisation. Clinical expertise informs all our commissioning decisions, so it is exciting to work with ambitious GPs who are keen to develop skills and drive the changes they want to see.

“Our Fellows are already working on projects they feel passionate about, we’re excited to watch them develop over the year and look forward to working with them thereafter.”

Jasmin became a fully-fledged GP in 2016, and is currently based in Goldington Avenue Surgery, in Bedford where she works three days a week. As part of the fellowship scheme she will work one day at the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s offices at Wrest Park, and have the opportunity to undertake additional qualifications to develop her skills as a GP.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is seeking more doctors to join the Fellowship scheme, which helps to make the most of the clinical expertise of GPs and puts them at the very heart of commissioning health services for local people. For more information, visit www.Bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk or email Georgina.moore@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

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