International Women’s Day – Leona Burnett

Name: Leona Burnett

Job Title: GP

Role within BASICS Scotland: Instructor/Responder

Area of Scotland you work in: Grampian


What made you want to work in the world of medicine:

I wanted an interesting, worthwhile job that would allow me to work anywhere in the world.

I was also told I could never become a doctor- which made me more determined to become one!  

What advice would you have to other girls/women who want to work in medicine?  

I’d say your gender is no barrier to working in medicine. It has a huge variety of specialities 

Which cater to all sorts of interests and working patterns. Your career can change relatively easily which keeps you interested.  

What is your best memory from the training:

Apart from the social side of things?? Probably doing my medical elective in South Africa. Seeing a whole new healthcare system, meeting interesting people, seeing different pathologies and realising how fortunate we are to have the amazing health care the NHS provides.  

What’s the best bit about your role?

The people I meet. Patients, team members, students and colleagues from the hospital, ambulance and other services.  

What’s your favourite thing about your typical day?

That there isn’t one! I help care for tiny babies, dying patients and everyone in between.  

What do you love about your job?

I like being able to use my knowledge and experience to help people through some of their difficult times- illness, accidents etc. 

I also really love being part of a team. 

What are the 3 biggest non-clinical skills that you use in your day job?

Listening. Listening and Listening.

A most challenging bit about your job?

In my new job (I’ve moved from the countryside to a city job) it’s recognising the limitations we have in dealing with problems related to social circumstances and deprivation.  

Are you a BASICS Responder, if yes what is the best bit about responding?

Yes. It’s interesting and varied and I get to make a real difference to my own community 

What Made you become a BASICS Scotland Responder?

I like dealing with emergencies and trauma and I like having to think on my feet and having to find ways to manage difficult situations where guidelines and protocols are not always applicable.