Reading the comments for this blog and the original pulse article makes depressing reading. Having suicidal GP partners is an indictment of the current system which exploits the goodwill of all NHS staff at the expense of their health. http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/your-practice/practice-topics/education/almost-40-of-gp-training-places-unfilled-in-some-areas-of-uk/20006989.article#.U6JS-_mSxws
The UK GP training system is excellent and is the reason why UK GPs with CCT/MRCGP can work in Australia without any exams. Only a few GP training systems are recognised (Ireland,Singapore,Canada) in Australia. Changing the CSA may devalue the training.
Being a GP can be rewarding and satisfying however the UK may not be the best place to practice, as my wife found after moving to Australia, following 20 years in the NHS. This has been my experience with all the UK GPs austmedics.com helps make the move. More clinicial freedom and a better quality of life. NHS management should look to Australia as a guide to running the NHS of the future.
Thank you for the clarification. This makes it even easier to work in Australia while maintaining your GMC registration. Austmedics.com agrees.
**The RCGP has suggested that in order to be considered for revalidation, a GP must have evidence of having worked in face to face clinical contact for at least 200 sessions over a 5 year period [a session is defined as at least 4 hours with 2.5 hours of face to face contact time]***
Working as a GP in Australia would fulfill the 40 sessions per year requirement, PLUS one session per year to remain on the Performers List. Would you still need the 360 Feedback etc??
There are a number of issues for those GPs who are considering working in Australia.
- DWS (District of Workforce Shortage) Requirement, which lasts 10 years, which requires the GP to work in DWS areas, most rural and on the out skirts of major cities.
- Revalidation and Performers list. While you can have a one year sabbatical,and remain on the performers list, you would need to return to the UK in the second year to do 40 sessions and your appraisal.
- Ideally you should be under 45 years, to secure Permanent Residency within 8 months of arrival. Over 45, it is possible but less straightforward.
- You must have both your CCT and MRCGP.
- The family needs to be up for the change.The biggest issue Austmedics' find with GPs who return is missing friends and family.
- There is still strong demand for GPs however working in the major cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne is becoming difficult.
As Dr McCartney and others have said there are major benefits to be derived from a move to Australia. Austmedics have place a large number of GPs, and the vast majority have loved it. A number have returned, all have loved it, but the pull of family and friends is very strong. Clearly its a big move that takes about 6 months to plan.
The NHS has a lot to learn from the Australian system, I know its heretical to say, however having a system that "charges" patients changes the whole pt/doctor relationship.
So if you want to feel valued and rewarded speak to austmedics.