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Training practice

We are accredited as a Training Practice for GP Specialty Trainees.  We have included further information on GP training and what previous experience a GP trainee is likely to have had. Under “about the practice” we cover who are our GP trainers and trainees.

How long to train a GP?

It generally takes around 10 years to train a GP including on average 5 years at medical school, 2 years as a foundation doctor and 3 years in GP specialist training. A significant number of GPs will have done extra years in other hospital specialities before switching career to be a GP.

This is explained further by NHS Health Careers
Training as a doctor Training as a doctor | Health Careers

GP specialist training in practices

As the British Medical Journal suggests for anyone undertaking GP specialist training
“The training duration is a minimum of 3 years of full-time training, but this may be longer if you choose an academic programme, or in some other circumstances. The training normally includes 18 months in approved hospital posts, and 18 months in an approved GP practice in your deanery. The hospital specialties available to complete during your GP training include General Medicine, Elderly care, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and others.”
How To Become A GP in the UK: A Step-by-Step Guide | BMJ Careers

So, it is likely if you have been admitted to hospital or been seen in Accident and Emergency, you will have been seen by a GP trainee as they make up many of the trainee doctors in hospital.

All GP trainees bring recent experience of hospital medicine.

What is involved in GP training?

From the Royal College of Practitioners
Training Training

From Buckinghamshire VTS
Buckinghamshire GP Training Welcome – Bucks GP Training Scheme

From Windsor VTS
Windsor Vocational Training Scheme  Windsor VTS – Inspiring Pride and Passion for General Practice

Other clinical training

On occasions we may be involved in teaching other clinicians which may include nurses, physician associates and pharmacists.

Medical student teaching

On occasions we may be involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and they may sit in during consultations. We will always ask your permission before allowing them to see you, so if you would rather see your doctor alone, please feel free to decline.

Common GP roles after qualification as a GP (salaried and partner GPs explained)

From Health Careers
General practice (GP) General practice (GP) | Health Careers

 

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