The Training Programme...
Specialist training for general practice aims to produce doctors who,
on completion of training will be able to provide personal and continuing
care to individuals and families in the community. They will also have the
management skills relative to primary care and be able to audit their work
with a view to improving performance.
The training programme commences after Foundation Programme posts (or
equivalent) are completed. The requirements for general practice training
are laid in UK legislation. General practice specialist training consists
of 36 months in approved posts. Ultimately all those in training will
spend 18 months in a general practice environment, currently deaneries
offer a mixture training post opportunities with between 12 and 18 months
in general practice and the rest as hospital based training posts. The
final 12 months of GP specialist training is always in a general practice
Entry into GP specialist training is competitive and involves 3 stages
of application: on-line application, shortlisting using a written applied
knowledge and situational judgement test, and, for Stage 3, an assessment
centre process. All the stages require the applicant to meet the person
specification for GP training and the essential competencies as outlined
elsewhere on the recruitment website.
Hospital Specialist Trainee posts:
The hospital ST 1 or 2 posts must be approved by the deanery
for GP training as part of a ‘balanced’ programme of training -
paediatrics, general medicine, geriatrics, gynaecology and/or obstetrics,
psychiatry and accident and emergency are examples of ‘A’ list posts.
Further information regarding hospital specialties and general practice
training can be found on www.pmetb.org.uk under Certification. On joining
a GP specialist training programme you should register with the Royal
College of General Practitioners.
GP Registrar posts:
The general practice component of your training is undertaken during the
final 12 or 18 months of the training programme. This is based in an approved
training practice under supervision of GP trainer. During the GPR
placement you will
complete a work based assessment process with your trainer as well as the
2 external components of the nMRCGP. More details of the examination can
be found on the RCGP website www.rcgp.org.uk
As each hospital post is completed, you should receive a
"statement of satisfactory completion". These forms are signed by the
hospital consultant (clinical supervisor) to confirm the post has been
completed satisfactorily and endorsed by the GP Programme Director and
Deanery to confirm it is part of an approved programme.
You need to contact the PMETB for a Certificate of Completion of
Training (CCT) when you have passed the nMRCGP.