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 study leave expenses, how to report absence from training, what to do if you want to apply for maternity / paternity / parental / adoption leave, and so on.
Please follow this link to the Deanery info for GP Specialty trainees
For information about employment and indemnity, including the working week, please visit this page
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.
Dr Jude Mayadunne, Plymouth’s IMG Support Fellow, has put together a really helpful handbook of info and resources – click the QR code below to go straight there
NEW – Podcasts
The Yorkshire & Humber Deanery have put together a great series of podcasts aimed at IMGs starting their GP training – click the QR codes to go straight there
We also recommend you take a look at this website which was developed by two Core Medical Trainees from Plymouth and has much information that will be helpful for those new to UK practice:
The team behind Road to UK have also produced a really helpful Guide to the NHS:
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 set 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.
There is good evidence that if you learn systematically throughout your training, based around these curriculum areas, you are more likely to be successful across the assessments as you progress.
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
#TALC – Teaching & Learning Consultation Skills
The team at the Greater Manchester Training Hub has put together #TALC – a series of modules for teaching and learning consultation skills.
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.
Quality Improvement Activity & Quality Improvement Projects – guidance
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 NHS. Trainees who pass this assessment will have demonstrated their competence in applying knowledge at a level which is sufficiently high for independent practice.
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, the Peninsula OOP page 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.
NHS England’s Workforce, Training & Education directorate is responsible for workforce planning, recruitment, and training of the whole NHS workforce, including GPs. A series of podcasts has been put together where experts in their field talk about various aspects of their work, as well as episodes on mindfulness and support for IMGs, and brings the great ACE GP Training podcast series together in one place – scan the QR code below
Updated Feb 2020
COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR TRAINEES
HEE has produced COVID-19 guidance and information for trainees. Please click here