Fellowships needed to train GPs in commissioning, says RCGP

Fellowships need to be created to allow trainee GPs to learn the required skills for commissioning, the chairman of the RCGP has recommended.

Professor Steve Field (pictured) said the fellowships should be created in England using NHS workforce money, to allow ‘a few enthusiastic GPs' to spend a year learning about commissioning.

The RCGP chairman said: ‘Not all GPs need to know a lot in depth [about commissioning]. But some [trainees] will be really inspired by this.

‘So I think we need fellowships to would allow GP trainees to spend a year looking at commissioning and systems abroad, so that when they finish their training they can get engaged with commissioning quickly.'

Professor Field outlined that the fellowships should run for a year, but highlighted this could be extended in time.

He also said established GPs will need to be trained quickly to give them the skills needed to take part in commissioning.

‘We are going to have to put a lot of effort into supporting and skilling-up established GPs quickly, and part of the workforce budget held by the NHS in England needs to be targeted quickly at that,' he said.

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