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Extended Training to Prepare GPs For Future Workforce Needs: A Qualitative Investigation of a 1-year Fellowship in Urgent Care

Dale, J., Russell, R., Harkness, F., Wilkie, Veronica and Aiello, M. (2017) Extended Training to Prepare GPs For Future Workforce Needs: A Qualitative Investigation of a 1-year Fellowship in Urgent Care. British Journal of General Practice, 67 (662). e659-e667. ISSN Print: 0960-1643 Online: 1478-5243

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It has been argued that UK general practice specialist training should be extended to better prepare GPs for the challenges facing 21st-century health care. Evidence is needed to inform how this should occur.


To investigate the experience of recently trained GPs undertaking a 1-year full-time fellowship programme designed to provide advanced skills training in urgent care, integrated care, leadership, and academic practice; and its impact on subsequent career development.


Semi-structured interviews conducted longitudinally over 2 years augmented by observational data in the West Midlands, England.


Participants were interviewed on at least three occasions: twice while undertaking the fellowship, and at least once post-completion. Participants' clinical and academic activities were observed. Data were analysed using a framework approach.


Seven GPs participated in the pilot scheme. The fellowship was highly rated and felt to be balanced in terms of the opportunities for skill development, academic advancement, and confidence building. GPs experienced enhanced employability on completing the scheme, and at follow-up were working in a variety of primary care/urgent care interface clinical and leadership roles. Participants believed it was making general practice a more attractive career option for newly qualified doctors.


The 1-year fellowship provides a defined framework for training GPs to work in an enhanced manner across organisational interfaces with the skills to support service improvement and integration. It appears to be well suited to preparing GPs for portfolio roles, but its wider applicability and impact on NHS service delivery needs further investigation.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: general practice; portfolio career; qualitative research; service integration; urgent care; vocational training general practice, portfolio career, qualitative research, service integration, urgent care, vocational training
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Copyright Info: Open Access Article
Depositing User: Veronica Wilkie
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 10:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:25

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