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a stethoscope image cbFebruary 5 2018

Health Education England has welcomed acceptance of its proposal to give doctors training in general practice additional time to complete the programme.

The publication of the latest edition of the ‘Gold Guide’, setting out the terms of postgraduate specialty training in the UK, says that GP trainees will now have up to 12 months extra time with a further six months in exceptional circumstances.

HEE had proposed there should be “a ‘Targeted GP Training’ scheme designed for GP trainees who passed their Work Place Based Assessment and one of the two required exams (either Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) or Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)) but left training without passing the second exam, to re-enter GP training.”

To enable the introduction of the scheme, it proposed the revised system could include allowing “additional exam attempts, signing off for readiness to sit exams and having gaps between exam sittings to give trainees time to respond to feedback.”

Commenting on the adoption of the changes to GP training, Professor Simon Gregory, Regional Director and Dean of Education and Quality, Health Education England, said: “We are pleased that our recommendations have been approved. This will help doctors who are progressing in training but need a little longer to achieve the curriculum requirements. It will also support our Targeted GP Training proposals which we are working closely with the Royal College of General Practitioners to deliver.”

Links:
HEE announcement     
HEE Targeted GP training scheme         
 ‘A Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK – The Gold Guide’. Seventh edition. January 31 2018            

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