Entry requirements, skills and interests (GP)
This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.
Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme.
To find information about getting into medical school, visit our applying to medicine pages.
To find information about the Foundation Programme, visit our applying for foundation training page.
It is useful to test out your interest in general practice by talking to doctors already working in the specialty and by getting relevant work experience during the Foundation Programme.
It is also possible for doctors in training or already qualified in another specialty to apply for GP specialty training.
Skills and interests
The skills and interests needed include:
- applying clinical skills to deliver preventive, acute, continuing and end-of-life care of a generalist nature
- framing diagnosis and management in physical, psychological and social terms
- managing multiple diseases and problems in the same patient
- communicating effectively with patients and their relatives to build and sustain continuing, trusting, therapeutic relationships
- assessing risk and especially the effective use of time when managing conditions which are likely to be self-limiting
- making judgements about when to refer patients for specialist hospital services, as well as when to use the capabilities of other health care workers in the extended primary care team
- handling uncertainty of clinical presentations without recourse to excessive or unnecessary investigations or hospital admissions
- management capabilities including managing change
- the ability to work in teams
- using resources cost effectively while acting as both advocate for the patient and a gatekeeper of health services
- using IT systems
- being an expert generalist with an extensive knowledge of a wide range of conditions
If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.