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RCGP updates GP training curriculum

14 August 2012

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Leadership and sustainability take centre stage in the new updated GP training curriculum.  

The changes made to the GP training curriculum by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) is said come from GP feedback and serve to reflect the “latest developments in general practice, GP needs and patient experiences”.

In the updated version of the curriculum it is claimed leadership and sustainability have been “emphasised”.

While the learning outcomes are said to have remained “essentially the same”, changes to the presentation, structure and language have been made in a bid to make the curriculum more “accessible” to GPs at all stages of their training.

Dr Charlotte Tulinius, RCGP Medical Director of Curriculum, said the RCGP is “grateful” for all the formal and informal feedback it has received, which has ensured the GP training curriculum remains “contemporaneous, fit for purpose, relevant to the trainee and relevant to patients”.

“The key message is that the core statement Being a GP is the Curriculum,” she said.

“The four contextual statements and the 21 clinical examples are just illustrations of how to use the core statement in your GP training and after CCT as a lifelong learner. 

“The added case illustrations, the colour coding of competences, and the edited language should make this much clearer. 

“The RCGP is very grateful for all the formal and informal feedback we have received. The users of the curriculum are the true experts, so feedback from trainers and trainees is the most important way we can ensure that our training curriculum remains contemporaneous, fit for purpose, relevant to the trainee and relevant to patients. 

“The RCGP Curriculum will continue to evolve as general practice evolves to ensure that our trainees receive the best possible grounding in patient care, and that our experienced colleagues continue to deliver the high quality patient care we know from UK general practice today.”

The new curriculum will apply to trainees beginning their training this month.