Hello! If you are considering applying for GP training then this blog is for you!
What it covers:
✓ Basics of GP Entry
✓ Eligibility to apply
✓ The three application stages
✓ Important dates for current/next round
✓ What happens in GP training
Basics of GP Entry
✓ The GP Entry process is managed nationally by the GPNRO (GP National Recruitment Office).
✓ The recruitment process takes place 3 times a year – twice for jobs starting in August (Round 1 and Round 1 re-advert) and once for jobs starting in February (Round 2).
✓ It is a highly competitive process taking into account your overall score across two assessments.
Eligibility for application includes:
✓ Must have a basic medical qualification eg MBBS, MbChB.
✓ Must be eligible to work in UK.
✓ Must have full registration from GMC, with a licence to practice by the time your job starts.
✓ Must have evidence of having met UK Foundation Competencies (eg through being on the UK Foundation Year programme or through a Consultant signing a CREST (Certificate of Readiness to Enter Specialty Training) form.
✓ Must have at least 2 years clinical experience by the time training starts (UK or abroad).
✓ For full details of eligibility see HERE.
The 3 Application Stages
Stage 1: Long-listing period
✓ Occurs via application through Oriel
✓ To be long-listed, you need to meet the eligibility criteria described above
Stage 2: Specialty Recruitment Assessment (SRA / MSRA / GP Stage 2)
✓ Consists of a computer-based exam with two components
a) clinical questions
b) professional dilemma questions.
✓ All questions are in multiple choice format.
✓ Clinical problem solving paper (CPS) – 97 clinical questions in 75 minutes.
✓ Professional dilemma paper (SJT) – 58 Situational Judgement Test questions in 110 minutes.
✓ Your MSRA score counts 60% to your final application score (and of this, 20% is made up of clinical paper and 40% is made up of the professional dilemma paper).
✓ If you reach the minimum required score for MSRA you become eligible for the Stage 3 assessment.
✓ If your total score is 575 or above, you will be exempt from Stage 3 – a direct offer for GP training is given
Stage 3: Selection Centre
✓ This is a half-day assessment making up 40% of your overall score (60% is from SRA).
✓ You can choose your preferred assessment venue through your Oriel account (subject to availability).
✓ It involves three simulated consultations (1 with a patient, 1 with a relative or carer, 1 with a clinical colleague) and a written prioritisation task.
✓ Each simulation lasts 10 minutes.
✓ Written prioritisation task lasts 30 minutes.
✓ Four competences are assessed at the Selection Centre:
a) Communication Skills.
b) Empathy & Sensitivity.
c) Conceptual Thinking & Problem Solving.
d) Professional Integrity.
✓ For details of our Immersion Stage 3 Day Preparation Course click here.
✓ For more details on the Stage 3 assessment click to watch our video
✓ For more details on the Stage 3 assessment click to read our Stage 3 blog here
On ‘results publication day’
✓ You will be notified of your final results and National rank through Oriel.
✓ Your final result is composed of combination of MSRA (60%) and Stage 3 (40%).
Important dates for current round (Round 2, February 2012 start)
✓ Applications open: 30th July 2019 – 15th August 2019
✓ SRA assessment: 5-9th September 2019
✓ Stage 3 Selection centre – 24-26th September 2019
✓ Job offers: 1st October 2019
✓ Start date: 5th February 2020
Important dates for next round (Round 1, August 2020 start)
✓ Applications open: 7th-28th November 2019
✓ SRA assessment: 3-11th January 2020
✓ Stage 3 Selection centre – 3-14th February 2020
✓ Job offers: 20th February 2020
✓ Start date: 5th August 2020
How we can help you get into GP Training
1) Our Complete SRA Clinical Crammer Audiobook Course. 6 hours of focused clinical teaching, mapping the SRA blueprint syllabus. Designed to listen to as many times as you like, offline or online. No expiry. For a free sample click here.
2) Our Flagship Immersion Stage 3 Course. An intense full-day course with 14 challenging role-plays as well as mock written prioritisation exercises. Held in Birmingham and London. For full plan of day and dates click here.
Once in GP training
✓ Need to complete MRCGP to exit training, consists of 3 components:
On a final note…
If you are planning to apply for GP training I wish you good luck! General Practice is an extremely varied and rewarding career, as well as being one allows flexibility of work-life balance.
I look forward to supporting you through your successful selection process, as well as once in GP training as well!
Good luck and #CanPassWillPass