Guest Editorial - How we can make general practice futureproof

The results of the latest GMC training survey have been greeted with delight. GP trainees reported a satisfaction rate of more than 87%, the highest score of all medical specialties.

To receive such a vote of confidence from GPs of the future is so encouraging and a huge compliment to GP trainers, examiners and deaneries.

Training is the bedrock on which general practice thrives. By producing high-quality GPs, equipped to handle the challenges of modern practice, we all benefit.

Recently we unveiled our new-look training curriculum. It's hard to believe that five years ago, general practice didn't have its own specialty training curriculum, so we have made a lot of progress in a short time. The RCGP GP training curriculum is the route now followed by all GPs studying for the MRCGP. It defines learning outcomes for general practice and describes competences required to practise as a GP. It must also prepare the doctor for a professional life of development and change. We have been reviewing the use and impact of the curriculum almost since it was introduced. In addition to feedback from trainees, trainers and the educational community, we commissioned the University of Birmingham to conduct a three-year evaluation. The response was very positive. However, some trainers and trainees told us it could be more user-friendly, and its structure and use could be more clear.

The learning outcomes remain essentially the same but there have been changes to the presentation, structure and language, to make it more accessible to GPs at all stages.

The changes will ensure our curriculum remains fit for purpose. It will continue to evolve as general practice evolves to ensure that trainees receive the best possible grounding in patient care.

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