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General practice is “different”: a qualitative study of adaptation experiences of East Staffordshire general practice speciality trainees

Perera, D.P. and Mohanna, Kay (2020) General practice is “different”: a qualitative study of adaptation experiences of East Staffordshire general practice speciality trainees. Education for Primary Care. ISSN 1473-9879 Online: 1475-990X (In Press)

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Abstract

Background: Undergraduate medical education and foundation training are still largely hospital based. General practice trainees also spend nearly half of their speciality training in hospitals. Aims: To explore adaptation experiences of general practice speciality trainees throughout the training. Method: Semi-structured participant-observer interviews with 18 purposively selected trainees on the East Staffordshire vocational training scheme, observation, stakeholder discussions and concurrent inductive thematic analysis. Results: Undergraduate and early general practice experience during speciality training, general practice trainer role modelling and mastering core general practice skills, facilitated transition. An inclusive and supportive general practice environment, facilitating engagement with a community of practice involving peers, general practice trainers and vocational training programme fostered belongingness. A reduced sense of belongingness during hospital rotations impacted on training and work. Building bridging social connections, personal agency initiatives to bring general practice relevance into hospital training, signposting to general practice relevant duties and mastery of secondary care relevant competencies helped gain belongingness in hospital. While some international graduates required assistance in specific areas; overall, general practice trainees had optimistic views of their future. Conclusion: The main contribution of this study was to relate the adaptation experiences of trainees to learning and practice based on Wenger’s communities of practice to enable a better understanding of how they can be influenced to enhance training. Abbreviations: CoP: Community of practice; GP: General practice; GPST: General practice speciality trainee; M: Male; F: Female; ST1: First-year GPST; ST2: Second-year GPST; ST3: Third-year GPST; UKG: UK-based primary medical qualification; IMG: Non-UK primary medical qualification.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: general practice training, transition, belongingness, community of practice
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Kay Mohanna
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2020 10:52
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2020 09:17
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038

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