Being a Training Practice

What does it mean to be a Training Practice?

There are a number of elements that need to be achieved in order to become a training practice. The School of Primary Care is responsible for selecting training practices. There are a number of criteria that need to be met. Once approved as a training practice, re-approval will take place every three years or sooner depending on recommendations from the local Associate Postgraduate Dean or once a new trainer has had a trainee for at least one year.

Firstly, the trainers need to have achieved the relevant qualifications. Trainers must have JCPTGP/PMETB (Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice / Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board) Certification, MRCGP and been a GP Performer for 3 years or more, with at least 1 year in their current practice.

Additionally they will need to have either achieved Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy or attended a New Trainers Course (run by the Deanery).

The practice needs to be able to meet the general standards of:

  • High quality clinical care
  • High quality education
  • Offer suitable clinical experience

Additionally there are other criteria that need to be met. These criteria range from suitability of the practice premises through to supervision of trainees by their trainers. 

In 2010 the PMETB merged with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the standards are set out in their document ‘Generic standards for speciality training including GP training’ available online

Each trainer needs to be re-approved. This takes place after the first year, or when a new trainer has had a trainee for at least one year, which ever is the soonest, and then every 3 years thereafter.

Trainers work with the registrar to achieve the RCGP curriculum.

There are enormous benefits to being a training practice. This includes not only having extra appointments available to patients but generally improved standards across the practice. Involving trainees in clinical discussions can often bring new and up-to-date view points plus there is often a wealth of enthusiasm that comes with a trainee, that impacts positively across the practice.

Considerations for the Practice Manager:

  • Check the Deanery website to identify your Associate Postgraduate Dean. It is likely they will be involved in approval and re-approval visits.
  • Be aware of approval / re-approval dates
  • Monitor criteria to ensure that the practice is continually meeting required standards.
  • Liaise with GP tutors and trainees re training experience to identify improvements.
  • Identify other practices in the area that have trainees, and develop a support network if required
  • Liaise with the Deanery and GP education School
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