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Views of newly-qualified GPs about their training and preparedness: Lessons for extended generalist training

Sabey, Abigail; Hardy, Holly


Holly Hardy


©British Journal of General Practice. Background: General practice is becoming increasingly complex due to an ageing population with multiple morbidities and the shift of services from secondary to primary care, yet GP training remains largely the same. Extended training is now recommended, initially proposed as a fourth GP specialty trainee year, but more recently as a broad-based 4-year specialty training programme. Aim: To explore the views of newly-qualified GPs about their training and preparedness for specific aspects of the GP's role. Design and setting Qualitative study with newly-qualified GPs who qualified with Severn Deanery between 2007 and 2010. Method: Semi-structured interviews with 18 GPs between November 2011 and April 2012. Results: Gaining experience in a variety of primary care environments widens insight into patient populations as well as helping GPs develop adaptability and confidence, although this is not routinely part of GP training. However, alongside variety, having continuity with patients in practice remains important. Opportunities to be involved in the management of a practice or to take on substantial leadership roles also vary widely and this may limit preparedness and development of generalist skills. Conclusion: Extended training could help prepare GPs for the current challenges of general practice. It could ensure all trainees are exposed to a greater variety of primary care settings including those outside GP practice, as well as experience of business, finance, and leadership roles. Collectively, these changes have the potential to produce GPs with both generalist and enhanced skills, who are better prepared to work collaboratively across the organisational boundaries between primary, secondary, and community care.


Sabey, A., & Hardy, H. (2015). Views of newly-qualified GPs about their training and preparedness: Lessons for extended generalist training. British Journal of General Practice, 65(633), e270-e277.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal British Journal of General Practice
Print ISSN 0960-1643
Publisher Royal College of General Practitioners
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 65
Issue 633
Pages e270-e277
Keywords postgraduate medical education, general practice, GP training, qualitative research
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