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Proposal for GP targeted support and extra training time

Health Education England (HEE) is proposing to introduce a Targeted GP Training scheme, which follows the same standards and outcomes as GP Certificates of Completion of Training (CCT), and is suitable for doctors who may require additional support.


The scheme is aimed at

  • Doctors switching specialty

Specialty and associate specialists (SAS) or consultant level doctors looking for a career change into general practice

  • Re-entry doctors

GP trainees who have passed their Work Place Based Assessment and one of the two required exams (either Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) or Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)).

You can read the initial consultation proposals, which ran from December 2016 to April 2017, and outcome report, published in August 2017.

A third group of overseas trained doctors who are planning on  working in the UK but are required to undertake more training to demonstrate equivalence to the CCT, will be considered under a separate joint proposal with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

HEE commissioned research on factors influencing the likelihood of exam success. These included further training, exam timings and the ability of trainees to reflect on feedback. The report also examined patient safety concerns related to multiple exam attempts. 

Extensions to training 

In parallel to targeted GP training, we are proposing to increase the period of additional training time available for GP trainees, in line with other specialties and to reflect the unique challenges of the GP training programme. 

Register your interest

If you would like to register an interest in the scheme or keep up to date with progress, please submit your details

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