GP Training Ready For Overhaul

Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), a body set up last year for coordinating health training and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) will be working together on a national project to change the way general practitioners are trained.

According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by John Adams (MCNZ), Des Gorman (HWNZ) and Harry Pert, (RNZCGP) signed today, will result in implementation of a revised vocational training programme for GPs from January 2012. One of the upshots of the review and overhaul of the GP training will be a stronger requirement for vocational registration.

The review aims to promote general practice as a career choice among medical students and junior doctors and is likely to see more cross-over of training and working between hospitals and the community. This it is hoped will attract more doctors into GP training via stronger linkages between GP and hospital training, so that GPs will work both in hospital and community settings.

As Prof. Des Gorman, Executive Chair, Health Workforce New Zealand says, trainee surgeons will be able to access physician training on clinical skills, while trainee GPs can access hospital training on trauma.

Training together would provide hospital doctors and GPs a better understanding of what the other does.

Now, along with the fully funded three-year training, will be a stronger requirement for vocational registration, and people who are not specifically trained for general practice will no longer be tolerated.

The new more general training in both hospital and general practice will create economies of scale in training, career flexibility via common core training, including enabling inter-disciplinary practice.