The Good GP Training Guide

The Good GP Training Guide
Author: Matt Burkes and Alec Logan
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The ultimate guide to GP training and beyond.

Everything you need to know about the GP training process and beyond in one accessible guide.

A must-read for any new GP trainee or recently qualified GP.

GP training is not easy, but with a bit of good advice and planning it can be very enjoyable and lead to a rich and rewarding career. General practice is diverse, there is a lot to learn. This is best achieved with an accessible guidebook.

The Good GP Training Guide is the definitive travel guide for trainee GPs.

If you were about to embark on a journey to another country, you would need a travel guide. Such a guide would show you how to behave, how to reach your destinations and how to stay safe on your travels. Training in general practice is a journey too.

The book has three sections, starting with training in the hospital setting. Each training speciality is discussed with concrete advice on how to survive and thrive on the ward including common presentations and pitfalls. Readers are presented with sample PDPs (Personal Development Plans) to guide them in getting the most out of the job, with an eye to future GP practice and RCGP assessment.

Moving on to training in the GP setting, the second section of the books covers the community placements and registrar year. Exams and assessments loom large in this crucial year and are addressed in full. However there is more to it than just exams and the section also discusses finances, out of hours care, home visits, ethics, remote and rural practice and a host of other hot topics that are poorly covered elsewhere.

The final section goes beyond training, to the world of an independent practitioner free from the shackles (and security) of a training programme. This can be a difficult transition and again the book offers specific advice on getting a job, locum work, appraisal and revalidation, staying up to date and staying out of trouble.

Peppered throughout the text are original artworks that illustrate a series of anonymous vignettes from clinical practice. These pieces are by turn funny, poignant, entertaining, touching, farcical and real – just like a typical morning in general practice. Each piece is thought provoking and could easily form the basis of a tutorial discussion.

Taken as a whole volume, the book is a repository for the huge amounts of information that one needs to accumulate during training in order to succeed. Much of this information is not available in written form anywhere else. Anyone using this manual will find it a friendly "older sibling" rather than distant mentor. Our decision to cover the totality of training was deliberate – our aim was to provide the complete generalist guidebook.

The Good GP Training Guide will provide invaluable assistance for GP trainees and newly qualified GPs as they explore the landscape of general practice. The style is immediate, upbeat, punchy, occasionally irreverent, but always grounded in the real world rather than the ivory towers of academia.


ISBN Number: 9780850843484

Publisher: RCGP

Published: May 2014

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Part I – Tips for trainees in the hospital setting

A guide to the various hospital rotations

How to get the most out of hospital posts

Acquiring skills in day-to-day practice for the registrar year and beyond


Part II – Tips for trainees working in the GP setting

How to pass the various RCGP exams: AKT, WPBA and CSA

The costs associated with being a trainee GP

Practical advice on home visits, out-of-hours care and less than full time training

How to get the best from radiology, biochemistry and microbiology departments


Part III – Beyond training

Moving into academic general practice and tips on writing articles for peer-reviewed journals

How to get a job and the financial considerations of being a GP

Information on working abroad

Ways to stay safe while using social media


Part IV – Personal doctoring

An essay on the unique position of general practice and the important skills that a generalist doctor offers

Author Bio

Matt Burkes is a salaried GP in Chichester. His experience of foundation and training jobs inspired him to create the ‘Tips for Trainees’ series, which continues to be published in the British Journal of General Practice. He is involved in a number of educational projects.

Alec Logan is a full-time GP in Wishaw, Scotland. He founded Hoolet for RCGP Scotland and devised the Back Pages of the British Journal of General Practice which he edited for 15 years.

Foreword by Iona Heath.

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