These pages contain a range of useful information. Please check back regularly for updates
There are a large number of policies and procedures that you will need to be aware of at different times, such as how to claim from the study budget, how to report absence from training, what to do if you want to apply for maternity/paternity/adoption leave, and so on.
Please follow this link to the Deanery info for GP Specialty trainees
Resources for International Medical Graduates
We recognise that many of our trainees will have gained their primary medical qualification outside the UK and that while some will already have extensive experience, others may be new, or relatively new, to both the UK and the NHS.
We recommend you take a look at this website which is run by two Core Medical Trainees from Plymouth and has much information that will be helpful for those new to UK practice:
There is good evidence that if you learn systematically through your training, based around these curriculum areas then you are more likely to be successful across the assessments as you progress.
Key Learning Resources
The majority of your learning will be self-directed. To systematically learn around subjects as you pass through your training, using effective study habits, is known to enhance your chances of success.
While pretty long, it is worth familiarising yourself with the RCGP curriculum, as well as the life stages, clinical and professional topic guides.
These lay out the capabilities on which your progress will be judged and contain all the information on which your exams will be based. They have lots of useful links and further reading. The individual topic guides are an essential read before you start a new rotation and when you are revising a topic area these make a sensible first place to start.
Each year, regardless of whether they are full-time or LTFT, all trainees are required to have an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) panel; this is the means by which doctors in training are reviewed to ensure that they are offering safe, quality patient care, and to assess their progression against standards set down in the curriculum for their training programme.
Preparing for exams…
The MRCGP exam is made up of three components:
– Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)
– Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)
– Workplace-Based Assessments (WPBA)
You must pass all three elements to receive your Certificate Of Completion of Training (CCT).
The Applied Knowledge Test is a summative assessment of the knowledge base that underpins independent general practice in the United Kingdom within the context of the National Health Service. Trainees who pass this assessment will have demonstrated their competence in applying knowledge at a level which is sufficiently high for independent practice.
RCGP Self Test
The RCGP Self Test is a great way to prepare for the AKT, with access to question banks and lots of other resources.
The CSA is a summative assessment of a doctor’s ability to integrate and apply clinical, professional, communication and practical skills appropriate for general practice. Simulating a typical NHS surgery clinic the CSA assesses a range of scenarios from general practice relevant to most parts of the curriculum which can also target particular aspects of clinical care and expertise.
Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA) is designed to support your development, providing feedback on your progress and helping to identify any areas of difficulty.
Throughout your GP specialty training, you collect evidence related to 13 areas of professional capability and record it in your Trainee ePortfolio. This evidence is used to inform six-monthly reviews and – at the end of training – to make a judgement about your readiness for independent practice.
Other useful resources…
Professional Support & Wellbeing
The Deanery Professional Support and Wellbeing unit (PSW) has some really helpful study skills and exam preparation guidance which is worth being aware of, as you may find that developing your study skills adds efficiency to your learning at a time when life is otherwise busy.
Taking time out of training (OOP)
If you are considering taking time out of training for research, to gain additional clinical experience or training, or are considering a career break, this link will give you the information you need:
Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT)
In recognition of the additional support trainees returning from a period of absence may require, the Deanery has developed a Supported Return To Training programme:
Advice on writing reflective learning logs
Ngozi, one of our 2019 ST1s, has written an article for the InnovAiT blog looking at the art of writing a reflective learning log entry. You can read it here
Thanks to Ngozi for allowing us to share it
The Gold Guide is a reference guide for postgraduate specialty training in the UK, and governs how we deliver your training programme – read it here
Updated Feb 2020