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Proposal for GP targeted support and extra training time

We have been looking at a number of proposals that could enable doctors who were on track to successfully complete their GP training but left before they were able to finish, to re-enter the programme.  Work has been undertaken in parallel, to increase the period of additional training time for GP trainees to bring it more in line with other specialties.


Consultation outcome

We have consulted with a number of stakeholders about the proposals. The outcome report, 'Targeted GP Training Proposal including Changes to Extensions to Training', is available at the bottom of this page. Updates on this work will be provided.

Targeted GP Training

The proposed scheme is aimed at:

  • Doctors who were on track to successfully complete GP training; had passed workplace based assessment but had only passed one of the required exams (Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) or Clinical skills Assessment (CSA)) before leaving training.
  • Specialty and associate specialist (SAS) or consultant-level doctors looking for a career change.
  • Overseas doctors applying to work in the UK who are required to undertake further training.

We have been speaking to a number of stakeholders about the proposals and will publish our response later this year.

Extensions to training 

This proposal looks at increasing the period of additional training time for GP trainees to bring it more in line with other specialties. A further two areas have been considered that acknowledge previous experience of doctors from other specialties to be taken into account and for overseas doctors who require additional training to fulfil the GMCs GP Registration requirements .

Register your interest

If you would like to register an interest in the scheme please submit your details here.    

Research

We commissioned research on factors influencing the likelihood of exam success. These included further training, exam timings and ability of trainees to reflect on feedback. The research also examined patient safety concerns related to multiple exam attempts. Read the ‘Likelihood of examination success relating to exam re-sits, timing and frequency and patient safety implications of multiple re-sits’ report.

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