4. GP Specialist Training Application Process: To become an independent GP in the UK, a doctor in the UK must undertake at least three years of GP Specialty Training. Junior doctors usually apply for GP training in their FY2 year.
a) Applicants make a single application for all available GP first year training posts in the UK.
b) Assessment and selection process: Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (computer-based) and a face-to-face assessment at a Selection Centre. High scoring applicants on MSRA can skip the Selection Centre assessment and are directly offered a training post.
c)Successful applicants will be considered for posts across the UK based on their preferences and performance.
5. Register with RCGP: Upon successfully getting into GP training, doctors must register with the Royal College of General Practitioners.
6. GP Specialist Training (3 years):
a) This normally includes 18 months in hospital posts and 18 months in an approved GP practice in your deanery under the supervision of a GP trainer.
b) All posts are accredited and approved for GP training by the GMC.
c) Thespecialities available include various hospital posts such as General Medicine, Elderly Care, Paediatrics, and Obstetrics/ Gynaecology.
d) Some deaneries may also offer a limited number of Academic Clinical Fellowship and Global Health Fellowship programmes where time is spent on additional academic projects or where time is spent abroad working in rural communities.
e) You will be assigned to an educational supervisor based in General Practice who will be your point of contact throughout your time on the programme.
f) During all your posts, you will complete workplace-based assessments (such as observed consultations and case-based). In addition, trainees must complete MRCGP examinations – the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA). Progress is monitored yearly by an Annual Review of Competency Progress (ARCP) Panel.
7. CCT and MRCGP: At the end of the training period, trainees have to gain Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP). They must also apply for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). CCT will be awarded if a trainee has received a successful outcome on final ARCP. These doctors are added to the GP register and are then able to practice as an independent GP.
8. Portfolio Careers: GPs can develop a special interest in an area they are interested in by attending further courses/ writing exams. For example, I plan to do minor surgery (such as removing lumps/ skin lesions) and fitting contraceptive coils and implants.