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GP Trainees experience of learning opportunities and support mechanisms on the GP training programme: a qualitative study

GP Trainees experience of learning opportunities and support mechanisms on the GP training programme: a qualitative study
GP Trainees experience of learning opportunities and support mechanisms on the GP training programme: a qualitative study
Background: General Practice (GP) is the cornerstone of the NHS and has faced workload and workforce issues for many years. Enabling GP trainees to successfully complete their training and become independent practitioners is crucial to addressing these challenges. There is limited previous research exploring the postgraduate training experience specific to General Practice.

Aim: To explore GP Trainees’ experience of learning opportunities and support available during the three-year vocational training programme in the Southampton GP Education Unit.

Design and Setting: 15 semi structured interviews were undertaken December 2016-2018 with participants recruited from four cohorts. Telephone interviews lasting between 30-60 minutes were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim; and analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

Results and Conclusion: Two themes were identified as affecting the training experience: ‘Developing clinical competence’ and ‘Sources of support’. Trainees perceived developing competencies relevant to General Practice was key. Busier hospital rotations with limited time for formal teaching were viewed less favourably. Trainers and peers were the main sources of support. Despite seeking a broad range of participants, interviewing trainees in difficulty was hard to achieve.
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Everitt, Hazel
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Fisher-Plum, Nadia
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Woods, Catherine
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Lyon-Maris, Johnny
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Curtis, Sally
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Woods, Catherine
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Lyon-Maris, Johnny
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Curtis, Sally
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Everitt, Hazel, Fisher-Plum, Nadia, Woods, Catherine, Lyon-Maris, Johnny, Curtis, Sally and Leydon, Geraldine (2020) GP Trainees experience of learning opportunities and support mechanisms on the GP training programme: a qualitative study. MedEdPublish. (doi:10.15694/mep.2020.000270.1).

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Abstract

Background: General Practice (GP) is the cornerstone of the NHS and has faced workload and workforce issues for many years. Enabling GP trainees to successfully complete their training and become independent practitioners is crucial to addressing these challenges. There is limited previous research exploring the postgraduate training experience specific to General Practice.

Aim: To explore GP Trainees’ experience of learning opportunities and support available during the three-year vocational training programme in the Southampton GP Education Unit.

Design and Setting: 15 semi structured interviews were undertaken December 2016-2018 with participants recruited from four cohorts. Telephone interviews lasting between 30-60 minutes were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim; and analysed using inductive thematic analysis.

Results and Conclusion: Two themes were identified as affecting the training experience: ‘Developing clinical competence’ and ‘Sources of support’. Trainees perceived developing competencies relevant to General Practice was key. Busier hospital rotations with limited time for formal teaching were viewed less favourably. Trainers and peers were the main sources of support. Despite seeking a broad range of participants, interviewing trainees in difficulty was hard to achieve.

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Published date: 2 December 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 449310
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/449310
ISSN: 2312-7996
PURE UUID: 07c25fcb-bb06-4cb6-9703-3b3961dc4628
ORCID for Hazel Everitt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7362-8403
ORCID for Sally Curtis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8026-6284
ORCID for Geraldine Leydon: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5986-3300

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Date deposited: 24 May 2021 16:31
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 01:44

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Author: Hazel Everitt ORCID iD
Author: Nadia Fisher-Plum
Author: Catherine Woods
Author: Johnny Lyon-Maris
Author: Sally Curtis ORCID iD

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