Support and training the next generation of GPs

GP registrar support

GP registrars currently working in general practice are more than half way through their current six-month rotation. Registrars within our region have been supported through orientation visits and regular practice support contact from our Practice Support Team.

In the current rotation (February – July 2016), our practice support officers have visited more than 55 GP registrars within our region where they have been familiarised with our programs and local health services. This has been recognised as helpful as registrars move to different areas throughout their rotations.

Becoming a GP supervisor/ training facility

Why would you?

Sharing your knowledge and expertise training GP registrars helps ensure Australia’s future supply of highly-skilled GPs.

Benefits of training GP registrars within your practice:

  • Teaching adds another dimension to your professional career, as well as professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Having an extra doctor in the practice can benefit your patients with additional consultation times.
  • GP registrars often bring new ideas and enthusiasm into a practice. Many supervisors are surprised to find it is a two-way learning experience with registrars bringing the latest clinical treatment information.

What do supervisors do?

Supervision requirements are determined by the RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine. GP supervisors have four key areas of responsibility:

  1. Supervision – Although GP registrars see patients independently, they require on-site supervision and support by an accredited GP supervisor.
  2. Teaching – Supervisors are required to provide in-practice teaching to GP registrars. The amount depends on the GP registrar’s stage of training. Teaching can be a combination of formal and informal teaching.
  3. Continuing professional development (CPD) – Participating in CPD is an important part of being a supervisor.
  4. Administration – As a training practice, some administrative activities are required to be undertaken.

Support for GP supervisors?

Financial subsidies are available to practices training registrars in terms GPT1 and GPT2. Supervisors and practice managers are supported by a comprehensive professional development program and a dedicated GP Synergy staff member to assist practices.

What other considerations are there to becoming a training practice?

Before applying to become a training practice you need to consider:

  • Do you have time to teach?
  • Do you have an interest in teaching?
  • Is your practice accredited by AGPAL or GPA?
  • Do you have a room available for a registrar?
  • Do you have sufficient patient load for an additional doctor?

Source: Training the next generation of GPs, Becoming a Supervisor Booklet and GP Synergy website.

For more information on the largest provider of vocational training for doctors seeking to specialise as general practitioners in NSW and ACT go to the GP Synergy website. This website will also give you information and applications forms for becoming a GP supervisor / training facility.

If you would like support for your GP registrar whilst they are on rotation in general practice or more information on becoming a GP supervisor/ training facility, please email Practice Support and Digital Health Program Officer Jan Sadler or call 9330 9926.