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Taster placements for junior doctors and other trainees

Taster placements in a local GP surgery will give you the chance to work closely with a GP, GP Specialty trainee (GPST) and the wider practice team to understand the specific and unique competencies and skills which are required by GPs to care for the whole spectrum of ‘cradle to grave’ patients.


An aging population and increasing long term and complex needs are adding significant pressures to the whole health and social care system, in particular general practice.  The introduction of the GP Forward View (GPFV) signaled the recognition that the current model of general practice needs to change. The GPFV contains specific, practical and funded steps on five areas: investment, workload, infrastructure, care redesign and workforce. It sets ambitious workforce aspirations to address the gaps and issues relating to the aging workforce and as well as aiming to recruit GPs, it also supports the development of new roles in General Practice to improve skill mix and to maximise the GP resource available.

For aspiring GPs or clinicians, the changing landscape of general practice provides an exciting opportunity to become a valuable member of a new ‘General Practice’. The role of the GP opens a number of doors with varied portfolio career options for you to consider from education, research, commissioning, leadership and speciality focus in medical conditions such as diabetes. The RCGP’s Think GP guide provides a really comprehensive overview of the many reasons why now is the time to choose a career in general practice and is well worth a read.

Taster placements in general practice

Taster placements in a local GP surgery will give you the chance to work closely with a GP, GP Specialty trainee (GPST) and the wider practice team to understand the specific and unique competencies and skills which are required by GPs to care for the whole spectrum of ‘cradle to grave’ patients.  

For placement opportunities in general practice, you can contact local practices to see if they support taster placements, or see the list below for GP surgeries who have signed up to HEE’s standards for tasters.

What can I expect from an experience? 

Our guide will provide an overview of what you can expect. Placements could range from 1-2 days to a full week, and can be taken in a block or spread out. As a Junior Doctor you are provided with 5 days per year for this sort of experience and so work with your training programme administrators to book the time out.

I’ve completed my taster placement, what’s next?

Firstly, please take time to complete the evaluation at the end of your placement – you can return this to the practice or complete online. A copy is in our resource section. It is really important that you provide feedback so that we can make sure that future placements provide the right experience for people and the practice teams are also really keen to hear what you think of them too!

If you would like to arrange a formal rotation as part of your training, speak to your Training Programme Director or lead to ensure this is part of your rotation.

How do I apply for GP training after Foundation?

Everything you need to know (and more) can be found on the General Practice National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) website:

https://gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk

Remember that your local GP training programme directors (TPDs) are always happy to give advice about the recruitment process, including what to expect on the pathway to becoming a GP.  They can be contacted through your local Postgraduate Centre.

I’m already on a specialty pathway – can I transfer to general practice?

Yes you can, and you may be eligible to apply for a reduction (up to 6 months) in the duration of your GP training under the Accreditation of Transferable Competencies Framework (ATCF) scheme if you are transferring from one of the following:

  • Anaesthetics     

  • Core Medical Training

  • Psychiatry

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  • Paediatrics

Full details can be found on the RCGP website.

 

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