Dr Tehmeena Loonat
How long have you been in this industry?
What attracted you to this job?
The mixture of science and caring for people.
What did you have to achieve academically to get this job?
I had to complete 3 A levels grades above C, then complete 5 years at medical school. I went on to train in a vocational scheme for general practice which lasted 3 years.
What did you study?
I studied physics, chemistry and biology at A level, a medical degree, then a practical working placement for 3 years.
Did you have to participate in work experience?
We had to complete some work experience before applying to university. I shadowed hospital staff and also did work in my old primary school.
What’s a typical day for you?
My day starts with looking at paperwork which includes blood results, letters from the hospital regarding our patients and also working with my practice team. I then complete a surgery and see up to 18 patients, finish off any admin work generated as a result of the surgery and also support my nursing and reception colleagues with any difficulties or queries they have.
What challenges have you/do you have to overcome to be in your position?
My biggest challenge, by far, is trying to achieve a healthy and effective work-life balance. I have always found the academic side of my career very easy to handle but maintaining adequate quality time with my family has always been a top priority with me. I feel that if there is an imbalance in this then the stress does gradually build up.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best and most rewarding part of my job is when I see patients’ lives improve. This may be on a physical, psychological or social level. As a general practitioner we not only deal with physical problems but cover many other aspects of modern life.
How is your work-life balance?
I feel my work-life balance has never been better. As a result of this, I am a more effective and empathetic general practitioner.