The end of the AiT training is leaving it rather late to learn about locuming

5th June 2009 by NASGP

Have been speaking today to 80 or so GP Associates in Training (AiTs) – or ‘registrars’ as they used to be called – for the South East Thames Faculty of the RCGP on the invitation of James Heathcote. It was on the subject of how to get a job, so talks from the LMC, BMA as well as the RCGP. And I had the real pleasure of meeting Professor Deborah Saltman who gave a very buzzing talk on GP academia. What was striking to me was, despite effectively being on job creation schemes for at least a year, how they seemed to know rather little of the job market. When they are about to face some huge lifestyle choices, AiT training – much as it was when I trained – still seems to be in the Dark Ages, with training being very focused on finding a good ol’ fashioned partnership. And the minefield of salaried GP contracts was given some attention, but nevertheless will still require significant further independent research from each delegate. Anyway, I hope I got across my points about GP locuming being a fantastic career choice. But it leaves me wondering now how we can put pressure on those responsible for GP training to make careers advice les focused on partnerships and include instead practical advice and pragmatic help on working as a salaried GP and particularly GP locuming.

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