To become an independent general practitioner in the UK, you must successfully complete GP Specialty Training (GPST). This is usually three years but may include contributing time from other training or experience. GP training normally includes at least 18 months in an approved training practice with the remaining time in approved hospital or integrated training posts.
To ensure that you become a competent, effective and confident GP of tomorrow as well as directly addressing the GP curriculum, Deaneries will tailor your training to your individual needs and your particular rate of progress.
There is an increasing number of four year options available giving extra valuable experience. On joining a GP Specialty Training Programme you should register with the Royal College of General Practitioners.
General Practice Posts
All GP posts are undertaken in a wide variety of locations, and always in an approved training practice under the supervision of a GP trainer. Here you will receive personalised tuition from an experienced GP who has had further training as an educationalist, as well as other members of the Primary Health Care Team.
The training will be targeted to your identified needs.
The exact posts offered by Deaneries in their programmes vary, but you will be offered a complete programme that complies with the regulations set down by the GMC.
All posts are accredited and approved for GP training. The specialties available include: General Medicine, Elderly Care Medicine, Paediatrics, Community Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and old age Psychiatry, ENT, Accident and Emergency, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Palliative Care.
Integrated Training Posts (ITPs)
Posts which integrate general practice with other relevant experience can be beneficial for trainees offering the opportunity to design a programme which is more relevant to general practice.
Some Deaneries offer ITPs with experience in a combination of general practice and other relevant posts including outreach posts based in the community, specialty posts usually based in hospital, and integrated care. It can also include a non-specialty element such as Research or Leadership.
More detail on the construction of a GP training programme can be found on the RCGP website.
Assessing your Skill Assessments & Examinations
TTo become a general practitioner you must possess a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). During all your placements you will complete Workplace Based Assessments (WPBA) as well as preparing for the MRCGP examinations – the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Recorded Consultation Assessment (RCA).
Your progress will be monitored at least yearly by an Annual Review of Competency Progress (ARCP) panel. More details of the examination can be found on the RCGP website.
The Personal Skills assessed in the Recruitment & Selection process for entry to GP Specialty Training
Clinical Knowledge & Expertise:
Capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge & awareness to full investigation of problems
Empathy & Sensitivity:
Capacity & motivation to take in others’ perspectives & to treat others with understanding
Capacity to adjust behaviour & language as appropriate to needs of differing situations
Conceptual Thinking & Problem Solving:
Capacity to think beyond the obvious, with analytical and flexible mind
Coping with Pressure:
Capacity to recognise own limitations and develop appropriate coping mechanisms
Organisation & Planning:
Capacity to organise information/time effectively in a planned manner
Managing Others & Team Involvement:
Capacity to work effectively in partnership with others
You will be assigned to an educational supervisor based in General Practice throughout your time on the programme, who will help you through the MRCGP procedures, using an e-portfolio to do so.
Other Opportunities - Academic Clinical & Global Health Fellowships
Some HEE Local Office or Deaneries may also offer a limited number of Academic Clinical Fellowship and Global Health Fellowship programmes where time is spent on additional academic projects or where some time is spent abroad working in rural communities. These are subject to availability and more information will be provided on individual HEE Local Office or Deanery web sites.