General Practice Specialty Training

GP Speciality Training
Author: Sanjiv Ahluwalia and Abdol Tavabie
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Building on the success of the popular first edition, this book supports a better understanding of medical education for anyone involved in supporting future GPs. Its easy to read style coupled with expert opinion makes it an authoritative text on how to become involved with and develop GP education, supporting both trainees and their trainers in understanding and delivering the curriculum and assessment requirements for completion of GP specialty training.

This book will help all those involved in training, whether a GP trainer (educational supervisor), a Training Programme Director, a clinical supervisor or a GP trainee, to achieve an optimal level of academic and experiential learning in order to demonstrate the capabilities, competencies and skills required of the current and future community generalist. It does this through practical advice and examples, drawing on contributors who are highly experienced, renowned in this field and keen to share their knowledge to support others.

It will also help those charged with developing and changing services to see how they can take the needs of their primary care workforce into account when considering such provision related change.

Part 1 describes the means by which the future GP is trained.
Part 2 focuses on assessments for the MRCGP and tools to support the training of the future GP.
Part 3 examines the changes likely to influence general practice in the future, considering how we should prepare ourselves and future GPs.

This guide reflects the increasing knowledge and skills demanded of general practitioners as they assume a leadership role that will be pivotal in the future delivery of health care and the transformation of primary care and its workforce.

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ISBN Number: 9780850844146

Number of pages: 272

Publisher: RCGP

Published: July 2016

Edition: 2nd Edition

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Author Bio

Sanjiv Ahluwalia is currently Postgraduate Dean at Health Education North Central and East London. He has been involved in postgraduate education since 2002, as a GP trainer, programme director, associate director and Head of School for GP Training across London. He led on the development and provision of primary care education and development, including GP training. He is also a practising GP in a deprived community in North London.

Abdol Tavabie has been involved in postgraduate medical education since 1993. Formerly, Interim Dean Director and responsible officer for medical trainees for Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS), he was also the clinical lead for the primary and community workforce as part of the HEKSS Strategy Development Skills programme.


Primary audience
• GP trainers and foundation supervisors
• Clinical supervisors in hospitals and community
• Undergraduate educators
• Training Programme Directors
• Members of Postgraduate Deans team and Directors of Medical Education
• Non-medical Primary Care Educators
• Educational managers in universities and provider organisations tasked with developing future educators

Secondary audience
• Current or future GP trainees
• Medical Education Managers
• Directors of HR, policy, and organisational development


• Contributions by experts in their field offering definitive views and experience.
• Concise chapters focusing on how to deliver and improve educational experience.
• Focus on ‘doing’ rather than theorising.
• Demonstrates how to become a more effective educator.
• Does not shy away from tackling the key challenges of our time.
• Its layout identifies key themes and useful tips.
• Easy to read and packed full of wisdom.

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This book is an excellent source of information and looks beyond current GP training.

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