I’ve been ask by local faculties of The Royal College of General Practitioners to hold two more pre-retirement courses.
These events have been designed by myself and friends who are GPs. The intention is to provide a workshop that allows people to explore their transition towards retirement and consider their ideas about what they might do.
“Very good as I thought I would completely give up work but opened up my mind to non-medical options.
“Excellent, helped me work out what I’m going to do in a positive way, excellent, thought-provoking and therapeutic.”
“Brilliant fun – cover so much ground really well and safely.”
Recently retired GP David Poll shares his thoughts on retiring here.
I am David Poll, just “ex-GP” from my practice in Belper, Derbyshire, where I worked for 30 years. I have retired and have had a fantastic set of leaving do’s. It’s been a weird time, deciding to leave a very happy working environment to an unknown that I have thought about endlessly for the past couple of years, but which inevitably will be a new phase of adjustment and learning. I am still working as an educationalist at Health Education East Midlands, but for only 16 hours a week. The practicalities of my pension being available was one key factor in my decision to stop clinical practice and I have been through various categories of other reflections including consideration of what I will do with all that time, stopping clinical practice, what legacy I will leave behind, what advice I might offer to GPs starting in practice now and what I will miss most and least. I am ready though now. I would describe my emotions over the lead up time to have ranged from terror, through acceptance to eager anticipation and excitement. It has undoubtedly helped me to share views, advice and the feelings of others.
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How can Doctors make the transition to retirement smoothly?
I recently ran an evening session for the Leicester Faculty of the RCGP for GPs on the cusp of retiring. Thought it would be useful to post some of the information we used here and see what other ideas people have about retiring. Feel free to post at the bottom.
The two most important aspects of the session were understanding the emotions connected with retiring and putting together a plan for the change.
I think the most powerful aspect of the session for many of the attendees was coming together with those in a similar position to talk over hopes and fears. Here are some of the issues people highlighted:
Feelings of guilt, loss and grief at leaving the practice.
Uncertainty about plans, options and what else they could do.
Fatigue re; current workload, ability to ease off or move to part time.
Managing other’s expectations – partners at work, home and patients.
This model helps guide people through change and is different to the Change Curve. The point being that the change itself is not what people are mostly dealing with; it’s their internal response to the change.
As the images shows, different people (orange arrows) will travel through the transition at different speeds and will stay in the zones for different periods of time.
Attendees found this a useful way of understanding where they are currently with their feelings about retirement and it legitimized those emotions.
The general discussion and one to one Thinking Pairs was a great way for people to share their plans and ideas. Hearing others and talking through ideas helped sharpen objectives.
We used a planning sheet with the following questions to support the planning process:
When is your change date?
What is your vision, desired rewards of retirement?
Where are you in the Transition Model?
What do you need to start doing now?
What do you need to leave behind / stop doing?
Who can help you?
Planning ahead can never start too early for retirement it seems. That’s obviously true for the finances, but is also equally true for the lifestyle decisions. Setting your pace, activities, timings, managing relationships and how you may still want to contribute are crucial to how successful your retirement will be.
If you would like to talk over your retirement, call me on 0754 0593476 or email me at email@example.com