Final Year GP Trainees & Newly Qualified


Salaried & Partnerships

the two compared

BVTS Locum Guide

everything you need to know to set up

Locum Agencies

guidance + induction resources

Career Opportunities & Planning

CVs, interviews, GPSI, work abroad, ship's dr etc


guidance + induction resources

Looking after yourself

guidance + induction resources

Financial Matters

basic financial stuff for doctors

Medical Accountants

list of accountants who specialise in GP

Financial Advisors

list of financial advisors



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Next steps before finishing...

Yes, it’s soon time to let go of your GP Trainer’s hand and stand on your own too feet.   Feeling apprehensive or a little worried?   Everyone goes through that feeling; it’s natural.   Embrace it.  

But before you finish your GP training scheme, there are a few more things to get to grips with.   Many newly qualified GP trainees feel that whilst their GP training scheme was excellent, there was still a bit of a learning needs gap between qualifying and starting as a GP.    This page aims to bridge that gap.

A quick check list for FINAL year trainees

  • AKT – you should have passed by now.
  • CSA – you should have passed or you are shortly doing it.
  • Make sure you have the minimum number of CBDs, COTs done.   And at least one Audio-COT.
  • Also ensure Prescribing Assessment done. 
  • Have you evidence in the ePortfolio for the 5 main CEPS?   Breast, Rectal, Prostate, Male Genital, Female Genital?
  • QIA project (really should have been done in ST1, but if not, get it done now).
  • Level 3 Child Safeguarding training (+ a reflective log entry)
  • Level 3 Adult Safeguarding training (+ a reflective log entry)
  • BLS, CPR and Defibrillation training up to date
  • UUC – can you prove from your ePortfolio that you have covered all the capabilties for UUC?    Use The ES Workbook
  • Fill in The ES Workbook covering the ST3 year.
  • CSR done?
  • ESR done?
      1. Make sure all the Professional Capabilities are marked as “Competent for Licensing”.
      2. Fill in the the “Agreed Action Plan” carefully with your Trainer.  Identify specific needs that are measurable that can then be transferred to you next year’s Appraisal’s personal developmental plan (PDP).  Remember, identify PDPs that are relevant to the scope of work that you will be doing.  Once signed off with your trainer, this can be uploaded into next year’s appraisal portfolio.
  • Check the ARCP checklist to ensure you have everything covered.

A quick check list for Newly Qualified

The following needs to be done BEFORE you can independently work as a GP in the UK – irrespective of you being a locum, salaried, partner or other.   Don’t leave it until the last minute.  If you have jobs set up, failure to do this will not only cause you grief but grief to your future employers who then will not be impressed with you!  First impressions count.

You need to be on the GMC’s GP register if you have not already done so.

  • So there are two GMC registers you need to be on.  The General GMC register that every doctor needs to be on.   Then the GP GMC register for GPs.
  • Click here for the GMC GP Register.
  • Ring and tell them that you are now no longer a GP trainee.  
  • They will want to know what you plan to do and how many sessions.   Locum?  Salaried?  Partner?

Ring your car insurance and tell them that your car is going to be both for personal and business use.

  • DBS in England:  NHS SBS Greenwich, 8th Floor, 6 Mitre Passage, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0ER;  Tel: 0208 5363000; [email protected]
  • Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland : usually done as part of the performers list application.
  • Locum agenciess: if you plan to work for several locum agencies, beware – each one might ask you to go through a DBS check.  If this is the case, think about signing up to the annual DBS update service – currently only £13 per year.
  • Occupational Health check certificate.   You will usually have to pay for this.   If you’re working for a locum agency – they should pay.  If a salaried post, hopefully the surgery might offer to pay.   Accredited Occupation Health Services can be found on the SEQOHS website.

Practices will want to see the following documents, so keep them together in a physical AND electronic file.  In this way you can show them in person or email beforehand.

  1. Your identity  (Driving Licence or Passport)
  2. Qualification certificates (Medical Degree, GMC registration, MRCGP CCT certificate)
  3. Indemnity certificate
  4. Performers List certificate  + DBS certificate
  5. Occupational Health docs  (Hep B status in particular)

In order to practice as a GP in the UK you MUST be on the Performers List.  Basically it is a list to say you have been vetted and allowed to perform.   In England, Wales and NI, there is just the one National Performers List.  In Scotland, you have to apply to each Health Board you work in (yes, a pain in the bum!).

How to get on?

  • How long your CV is depends on what you are applying for.
  • If it is the odd locum here and there, then it should be a maximum of 2 sides of A4.  Remember, busy GPs and their Practice Managers don’t have time to read a 6 page thing and they get CVs all the time!
  • However, if it is a more considerable post like a Salaried or Partnership, the practice will want to know more.  In which case, develop a CV which is fuller – perhaps 4-6 pages long. 
  • Add something exciting about yourself in the “Personal Interests & Hobbies” and “Mission Statement” sections.   Stand out from the crowd.
  • Get two up to date referrees.
  • Google Maps for android and iOS is fine.  Does the job.
  • Download the TomTom app.
  • If using your phone, don’t forget to buy a car mount – look them up on ebay or Amazon.
  • Or buy a specific sat nav device (which is usually unnecessary these days).
  • Of course, you may not need one at all if your car has a good sat nav, but in my opinion, most are a bit clunky and painful to use.
  • Ask you own practice if they have anything going?
  • Your local scheme may be advertising jobs on their websites
  • Adverts in BMJ, Pulse and GP

The Performers' List

Every doctor in England needs to be on something called the Performers’ List.  It is PCSE Online that manages this process.   You can sign up online and to do so is every doctor’s responsibility.  The application/registration process is now online and this makes the whole thing easier to do.   Here are a few useful links followed by some FAQs.

Performer Lists provide an extra layer of reassurance for the public that GPs, Dentists and Opticians practising in the NHS are suitably qualified, have up to date training, have appropriate English language skills and have passed other relevant checks such as with the Disclosure and Barring Service and the NHS Litigation Authority.

In accordance with The National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) Regulations 2013 it is your responsibility to ensure that you update your status and circumstances on the Performers List

PCSE Online is a web-based system for submitting and approving Performer List change notifications and Performer List applications.  Practices, Performers, CCGs and NHS England can access the service via the PCSE website with a unique login ID and password. Some users may already have access to PCSE Online for ordering supplies and tracking medical records.

PCSE Online is a web-based system for submitting and approving Performer List change notifications and Performer List applications.  Practices, Performers, CCGs and NHS England can access the service via the PCSE website with a unique login ID and password. Some users may already have access to PCSE Online for ordering supplies and tracking medical records.

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