Thank you from your College

14 July 2020

I am writing to thank you for the commitment that you, and your colleagues in training, have demonstrated over the past four months.

I don’t think any of us expected to be spending this year coping with the impact of a global pandemic, and I am very aware that you have been managing the increased pressure and anxiety that has faced all of us in the medical profession.

I also know, from my own practice and from supporting my own trainee, how disruptive this has been to those of you in training who have had to cope with training requirements alongside the changes brought about by the pandemic.

I imagine that this has been particularly difficult for those of you in your final year who have been facing the prospect that your plans to complete training and take up posts may be impacted.

I know that it must have been very worrying for you when the Royal Colleges were forced to cancel their exams because of the pandemic.

Supporting GPs in training, and helping you to complete your training, has been one of the highest priorities for us throughout the period of COVID-19 and we have worked incredibly hard to develop and deliver the new Recorded Consultation Assessment, replacing the face-to-face CSA, in time for the majority of trainees to be able to complete training on schedule.

We are grateful to you for the adaptability you have all shown during this disruption.

I can only imagine how unsettling it must have been, having prepared for the CSA, to have to then undertake this as it would have been a new and unknown assessment to you, and with relatively short time to prepare for it.   

Thank you for your commitment to your patients during this extremely difficult time, and also for the flexibility you have demonstrated in coping with the disruption to your training and, for some of you, a new examination.

The Officers of the College are proud of the values and resilience demonstrated by our GPs in training and we are very proud that you are part of the profession.

I wish you well in your careers and the rest of your training programme.

The College will continue supporting you, at this difficult time but also throughout your career, so please do access the resources on our website, or contact us directly, if you need any additional help.

Post written by

Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Michael Mulholland is a GP at Unity Health, a five-site practice for 22000 patients across the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border where he has practised for nearly 20 years.

He also works for Health Education England with roles in GP training, quality Improvement and workforce planning. At the RCGP, he has been part of the GP at scale programme and a GP Forward View Regional Ambassador.

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