General practice should cast off the stuffy reputation of traditional models of working and embrace ‘exciting’ new systems to attract trainees into the workforce, Health Education England (HEE) has said.
Selling new ways of working and flexible careers will be emphasised as part of plans to get more trainees into the profession and build a positive future for general practice, say senior HEE bosses.
The push will see less of an emphasis on traditional models, which trainees said represented an outdated view of general practice and does not appeal to the next generation of doctors.
Future of general practice
HEE said it would focus on highlighting how flexible a career in general practice can be to entice new recruits as part of a multi-pronged approach – with an emphasis on the opportunities of a portfolio career. The body is also looking at how to make it easier for GPs to have more flexible careers.
HEE also aims to offer 250 places on its post-CCT training courses over the next year. These allow newly-qualified GPs to do a further year of training in a specialism, often completed while working part time as a GP.
Without naming names I know that most of the GP’s in my current practice are working flexibly or indeed have a portfolio career. You can see the attraction as they crumble under a regime which has them seeing a new patient every 10 minutes.