Training and development (GP)

This page provides useful information about training pathways.

The full training programme for general practice currently lasts a minimum of three years Selection takes place before entry to ST1 (after the foundation programme). Training includes 18 -24 months working as a specialty registrar in a range of jobs in hospital specialties such as obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, geriatric medicine, accident and emergency or psychiatry.

You will then spend an additional 12-18 months as a GP Specialty Registrar in General Practice. A significant proportion of the trainees in general practice are training on less than full time basis.

Specialty training

Trainees must gain Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in order to be issued with a certificate of completion of their specialty training (CCT) in general practice by the GMC.

In order for a doctor to work as a GP in the UK there is a requirement to be on the GMC's GP register, to hold a licence to practise also granted by the GMC and to be on the NHS England Medical Performers List.

GPs are expected to keep up to date after completing their initial training. The Royal College of General Practitioners uses a credit-based system for measuring continuing professional development. One hour of learning plus a reflective record equals one credit. As 250 credits are required for GP revalidation every five years it is useful for GPs to accumulate around 50 credits per year. Ways of doing this include updating essential knowledge and doing knowledge challenges via e-learning through the RCGP.

The approved postgraduate training programme for general practice is available from the GMC.

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