GP doctors in training should discuss their progress, aspirations and intentions regularly with their Educational and Clinical Supervisors. In general GP doctors in training should be meeting core curriculum requirements before considering discretionary enhancement activity.
GP Trainees who are progressing satisfactorily may wish to develop an interest in a particular specialty, and undertake a limited amount of training to that effect, but they should ensure that this does not hinder their progress or detract from their study of the core GP Curriculum. At all times (with the sole exception of taking an exam or when so advised by a TPD), the Regional Teaching Course provided by the School should take precedence.
Attendance at the School’s Regional Teaching courses and educational supervision with their GP trainer are mandatory. Other courses relevant to GP training and for which doctors in training should be granted study leave except in exceptional circumstances are listed below. The School is currently developing the most straightforward and cost effective processes possible for this, as block booking of courses the preferred approach wherever possible, with doctors in training tapping in as needed.
Please note: GP doctors in training do not need TPD or ES approval to attend individual courses provided they are on the School “approved” list and the CS agrees that they are making satisfactory progress. GP doctors in training who already hold additional qualifications may also be granted study leave to undertake courses relevant to maintaining their skills.
The School of Primary Care will be publishing a list of mandatory, essential and approved courses as soon as possible.
In the meantime the principles in the study leave guidance still apply.