Welcome to the General Practice Foundation Programme.
You will find that working in general practice is different to working in hospital. You will have the opportunity to work as an integral member of a small organisation. You will learn new things such as recognising illness in the early stages of presentation, how to deal with uncertainty and to take appropriate risk in managing patients in the community. You will develop skills in clinical decision making and working in partnership with patients. We hope you enjoy your time in general practice and that some of you may even want to become the GPs of the future. You should find all the information that you require during your General Practice post here.
The Northern Ireland deanery has responsibilities to ensure quality control of the foundation programme. The trainers in General Practice (GP) have a specific role to deliver within this organization.
F2 Tutorial Rota
FAQs for F2 Training in General Practice
Will F2 be working in their trust hospitals at nights or weekends?
Can an F2 do Home Visits?
Is there a contract between F2 & the training practice?
NIMDTA has an SLA between Trainers & NIMDTA
Will NIMDTA be organising central computer training?
Can F2 prescribe?
Should each F2 be provided with their own emergency bag?
What duration are the consulting slots for F2?
Are videos to be used as part of the assessment?
Each F2 will need to do one TAB Feedback, and two Mini CEX / DOPS / Case based discussion. The video could be a way of assessing Min CEX.
The video is a powerful developmental tool in learning, but it should not dominate the attachment.
Do we need to contact MPS to confirm details?
Can F2 run acute clinics?
Could F2 run Chronic disease management clinics?
How much teaching time does each trainer intend to provide?
It’s very important to use trainer time efficiently – trainers could work in groups to deliver teaching. This reduces workload, but improves the quality of teaching through small group work and varying instructional methods and each trainer will have different skills.
How many surgery sessions should F2 Doctors be booked for?
How much time for orientation into GP before starting consulting?
Can F2 be sent to other practices for group training?
Who pays for any equipment?
How are F2 paid?
Will F2 be paid for travel to Home Visits?
Are we restricted to the DOPS as listed in the Guide?
How much protected teaching time does NIMDTA expect?
F2 could also have one session of self directed learning each week.
How can Trainers reduce paperwork of assessment required for F2?
How much study and holiday leave should be taken each 4 month rotation?
What is NIMDTA organising for F2?
Guidance for F2 & Trainers in GP Home Visits (HV)
- All F2 trainees should be given the opportunity to undertake HV.
- HV should be a mix of acute and chronic care
- Chronic HV – Care in the community – Reviews of Diabetes/Dementia/COPD/Learning Disability
- Palliative care HV are a wonderful learning opportunity that captures the ethos of GP
- Aim for an average of 3 HV per week
- All HV should be discussed with Training Supervisor before undertaken and debriefed on return to practice. Visits to any mentally ill or potentially violent patients must be accompanied with Trainer
Foundation Doctors Working week
- Up to seven booked surgeries per week; expect to consult with about 60 patients per week on average
- 30 minutes appointment slots initially, reducing to 15 minutes later
- One session of protected self directed learning each week to work on Audit
- Debriefing to cover the cases seen during each surgery session at least thrice weekly
- Group tutorials on Friday afternoon 2.00 pm to 4.00pm – rotating about the local trainers premises – see NIMDTA website for details
- Attend Deanery dates for Generic skills as they arise to cover the 10 modules
- As soon as you arrive in GP tell your trainer of any Deanery days that you are due to attend in the following 4 months
- 8 days of annual leave allowance during the 4 mths GP attachment
- All study leave must be approved in advance in writing by NIMDTA – it is not possible to take study leave for higher professional examinations – the foundation programme is to develop generic skills
- There are 14 half days organised by Dr Donaghy and some in house SDL- this will equate to 10 days of your study leave allocation
- You are permitted reasonable time out of practice to attend Deanery Interviews for ST & Core training – subject to the approval of Trainer