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General Practice

Health Education England operating across the West Midlands is central to the transformation in Primary Care Services locally. We work in partnership with NHS England, CCGs and GP providers in identifying current and future workforce needs and developing existing staff.

We know we will need greater numbers of GPs in the future supported by many new front line roles including Advance Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. Practices are beginning to form into larger provider units as federated practices or “super-practices” with 20+ GP partners.

GPs are having to transform the way they work as there is an increasing demand for seven day access, and use of new technologies.

A new area is working on the Well Being agenda working with the local authority to promote health and prevent disease.

Current key work streams for Health Education West Midlands General Practice:

  • GP careers advice.
  • Postgraduate School of General Practice
  • The Induction and Refresher Scheme – to allow GPs to return to practice, and support overseas GPs taking up posts for the first time in the UK.
  • The GP Retainer Scheme – to allow GPs to be supported in practices whilst they take time out for family and other commitments.
  • Transforming Primary Care – Working with NHS England, CCGS, Hospitals, GPs to respond to future primary care demands.
  • Global Primary Care – we undertake voluntary exchanges with GP and GP trainees from the UK and overseas to help understand different primary care systems and develop leadership. Examples include the Vasgo Da Gama trainee programme and GP training development in China.


GP Revalidation and Appraisal

All GPs undergo an annual appraisal of the whole scope of their work to demonstrate how they are meeting the professional values as set out in the GMC document ‘Good Medical Practice’. There are six types of supporting information that doctors will be expected to provide and discuss at their appraisal at least once in each five year cycle.

They are:

  1. Continuing professional development (CPD)
  2. Quality improvement activity
  3. Significant events
  4. Feedback from colleagues
  5. Feedback from patients
  6. Review of complaints and compliments

Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the GMC. Licensed doctors have to revalidate usually every five years, by having annual appraisal based on our core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice.

Appraisal is undertaken by a trained GP appraiser. Appraisal and revalidation for GPs is managed by NHS England Area Teams.


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