The GP training programme takes at least three years to complete, including 18 months of training in an approved practice, and 18 months in approved hospital posts. There are also options to train for four years if a GP trainee wishes to gain more experience before commencing independent practice. Once accepted onto a GP training programme, doctors can register with the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Posts on the GP Training Programme
The posts included in training programmes will vary between deaneries, but all will comply with GMC regulations. Trainees may work in
Trainees must complete Workplace-Based Assessments and prepare for the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners examinations, namely, the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA). The Annual Review of Competency Progress (ARCP) panel monitor trainees’ progress at least once a year.
Trainees must pass the MRCGP before they can achieve their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). After they complete specialty training and obtain their CCT they can then enter the GMC’s GP Register.
GP Trainee Core Curriculum
The core curriculum outlines the skills, attitudes and expertise that trainees will need to achieve in order to become a competent GP, and is divided into three sections:
- The Core Statement, covering the broad areas of capability required of a general practitioner;
- Professional Modules, covering skills in consultation, safety, leadership, and CPD, and
- Clinical Modules, covering the clinical skills required of a GP, and following the RCGP learning template.
GPs are expected to keep their knowledge up to date, to a minimum standard set by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The RCGP uses a a credit system for measuring CPD, requiring 250 credits every five years – whereby one hour of learning awards the learner a single credit.