Jo & Lucy Arthurs / Clayton
Jo: Oldham Hulme Grammar School (1998-2005), University of Nottingham (2005-2010); Lucy – King’s School Worcester (2011-2018) Uni of Nottingham (2008-2013)
A-levels – Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Physics, (General studies). MBBS University of Nottingham (medical degree); BMedSci Nottingham (undergraduate science degree – included as part of undergraduate programme at Nottingham university); Diploma of Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH)
We have both worked at most of the hospitals in the East Midlands throughout our training and at the sexual health clinic. We now work at Orchard surgery in Kegworth
GP Trainee, Nottingham
Orchard Surgery, Kegworth.
We are GP registrars (which means we are in our final year of GP training) and work together at a GP practice in Kegworth. We both love food, sports and holidays!
Jo – I’m 31 years old (but in my head in 21!) and live in Nottingham with my fiancé James (who works for the Gunn and Moore (if anyone is a cricket fan!)
I’m from Manchester originally but came to Nottingham for medical school (where I had the best time!) and have stayed in the area (apart from a year in Lincoln and a year living in Australia).
None of my family are medics, so not really sure how I got hooked on the idea of being a doctor, but from memory it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
I love travelling and exploring new places…..and discovering new foods….either through cooking or eating out at exciting places. I also just love seeing my friends and am lucky enough to have a great group of friends from both university and school.
The year ahead looks fairly busy, as I will finish my GP training and will be looking for a full-time job and planning my wedding (eeeek!)
Lucy – I’m 28 years old and live in Nottingham with my husband, Matt who is a radiologist and our cat called Darcy!
I’m from Worcester originally but came to Nottingham to study medicine and have stayed here since!
My mum is a doctor and I was inspired to follow in her footsteps…my sister is now also a doctor so I am fairly surrounded my medics!
We work as GPs 5 days a week, but still have time out to attend teaching sessions.
Jo – I currently work full time in general practice, but have some time out in the week to attend training and teaching (as I am still a GP trainee!) I am in my 3rd and final year of GP training.
I haven’t come straight into GP training. When I finished medical school, I did my foundation training (2 years working in the hospitals as a junior doctor) and then wasn’t sure what I wanted to do so decided to take a year out and applied for a job in Perth in Western Australia, which I got. I worked nearly a year in A&E there, before travelling around SE Asia and coming back to start Anaesthetics training. After 2 years, I realised this wasn’t the job for me and so applied for GP training.
Lucy – I am also working full time in General Practice as a GP registrar. I have always wanted to be a GP and came straight into GP training after completing my foundation training after medical school.
My Typical Day:
We start seeing patients at 9am, but often get there a little early to do some admin (and make a tea/coffee). Following morning surgery, we often sign lots of prescriptions then go on a home visit. In the afternoon, sometimes we have another clinic or we may have a teaching session..
Spending the Prize Money:
We’d use the money to produce up-to-date and interactive resources for young people who are thinking about a career in medicine.
Recently there has been a lot of negative press about being a doctor….We would like to use the money to promote Medicine as an option in general for school students and produce more interactive resources for helping with things such as exams, getting work experience, helping to understand what a career in medicine offers and the vast options of all the different careers involved.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Chatty, smiley, friendly,
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Jo: London Grammar, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver, Christine and the Queens, Mumford and Sons, Lucy: The Foals, Alt-J, also love London grammar and Mumford and Sons (Great taste, Jo!)
What's your favourite food?
Jo: This is the hardest question as I am a big “Foodie” (and eat pretty much anything)…..pulled pork burrito maybe (following a recent trip to Belize)?! Lucy: My favourite would be my mum’s roast dinner!!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Jo: After finishing medical school, I did my elective in South Africa. This meant that I worked for 8 weeks in a hospital in Cape Town with 5 of my best friends, having lots of fun, whilst learning about working in Africa. Following this work, we had 6 weeks to travel around South Africa and Mozambique (the best time!), getting to go on Safari and learning to dive. Lucy: I went to Fiji to do my medical elective. We were able to work in a totally different healthcare system and experience a different way of life. We then spent a month driving round New Zealand in a camper van which was fun!
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
That would be telling….but yes, definitely.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Jo: I spent a summer working in Ghana when I was a medical student….this was the first time I really felt that was I was doing was worth while and was making a difference to peoples’ lives.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
Jo: When I was doing my GCSEs, my grandad was sick and passed away from lung cancer. I remember thinking how amazing the team that cared for him were and realised that was what I wanted to do! Lucy: My mum!
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
Jo: My maths head probably would have taken me into the finance world I expect. Lucy: I’ve always fancied having a cake shop
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Be happy 2. Find a job! 3. Have a family.
Tell us a joke.
Which cheese would you use to coax a bear down from a tree? “Camembert” (Sorry, love a cheese joke!)