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GP registrars 'need out-of-hours skills'

GP registrars should continue to be trained in out-of-hours care when the new contract comes into force to maintain GPs' generalist role, GP education directors say.

A position paper from the Committee of General Practice Education Directors warned many GP trainers will stop doing out-of-hours shifts, leaving registrars with no one to supervise them.

The committee recommended a named clinical

supervisor at an out-of-

hours provider should take over the role and give feedback to the trainer so they

can sign off the registrar as competent.

The paper, discussed at last week's GPC meeting, suggested registrars should be measured against five specific out-of-hours competencies.

These included: understanding the organisational aspects of NHS out-of-hours care, demonstration of required communication skills, individual personal time and stress management and ability to make appropriate referrals.

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