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Is GP training fit for purpose?

26th August 2011

On Medica asks whether GP training is no longer fit for purpose.


With education and training of the healthcare workforce described as the foundation on which the NHS is built and the single most important thing in raising standards of care in the Future Forum’s report, On Medica surveyed doctors to assess their views.

Key findings from more than 1,000 responses from doctors showed that 45% think that training has improved over the past decade and 49% fear it is likely to weaken over the next five years, mainly through funding issues.

Only 24% of respondents are confident that the GP profession is not heading towards a workforce crisis.

Findings also showed the majority of GP trainers are frustrated by the difficulty of juggling service commitment to the practice and training as well as the electronic documents (eportfolio) associated with GP training.

Dr Huw Morgan, who is a GP educator and appraiser in Bristol, said: “There is general agreement that training has improved in the last ten years but that it will weaken in future, for a long list of reasons including more pressure, less experience, lack of training supervision and increasing bureaucracy, but mainly funding issues.”

A clear majority thought there is more value in GP Registrar than F2 training, mainly because Registrars are committed to being GPs and have wider knowledge and experience.

Conclusions from the survey are probably that GPs remain as diverse as ever in their views but that changes undoubtedly are needed to the Registrar eportfolio and the burden of assessments.

GP training, however, should become more, rather than less fit for purpose when the current vogue for endless box-ticking has finally been laid to rest.


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