Welcome to New Trainees
this is your starting point
How are you feeling?
Are you feeling worried? Apprehensive? A little scared? Don’t know what you have signed up for?
Don’t worry! These are perfectly normal feelings most GP trainees experience when they start a GP scheme. Yes, there is an awful lot to cover, but remember – YOU HAVE LOTS OF TIME TOO!!! So, instead of feeling a little apprehensive, see you if you can turn that emotion into an exciting feeling – because you’ll be learning lots of new and wonderful things!
Understanding General Practice in the UK
The first thing to get to grips with is to understand how General Practice works in the UK. Many trainees (both those that graduate from the UK and those that graduate outside) have little knowledge of the Primary Care model used in the UK. By the way, for those of you from abroad, primary care is another word for general practice and secondary care refers to hospitals.
Here are two video clips that are worth while watching. The first helps you understand how the NHS works. And the second, more specifically about General Practice.
5 things to do when you join a scheme
- Get hold of your rota.
Contact your TPDs and get your rota so that you find out the details of your first post. Then contact that post and see exactly what is going to happen on your first and subsequent few days. Is there anything you need to bring with you? Anything you need to register. Obtain a copy of your induction programme.
- If your first post is in GP, make sure you are on something called the Supplementary List
A supplementary list is a list of doctors in the local area that are allowed to practise in that area). Failure to do so may mean you can’t start work when expected and that can have huge ramifications (you may end up with an extension to training etc.). So get it sorted now.
- Make sure your defence union subscription is all up to scratch.
- Register with the RCGP – THIS IS DEAD IMPORTANT AND YOU NEED TO DO THIS BEFORE YOU START THE SCHEME.
Registration is online with an initial registration fee which is confirmed by email. The ePortfolio will be activated between 24 and 48 hours after registration with a welcome pack sent approximately 10 days after. Once registered, you are then called an “Associate in Training” (AiT).
– To register online, go to: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/about-us/membership/become-a-member/ait-trainee-gps.aspx
– There is an enquiry line for AiTs (email [email protected] or telephone 020 7344 3078) for any registration queries
- Note the dates for the GP Training Scheme’s induction.
There are two inductions you will have at the start of your training. The first is an induction to your post – either a GP post based induction or a hospital specialty based induction. These will help you settle into your new specific ST1 post. The second induction will be that organised by your GP TRAINING SCHEME. The aim of this induction is to provide a sort of orientation session where you understand THE WHOLE of your GP training pathway and journey (and all the requirements, including exams). You must attend both. If you don’t know when your GP scheme’s induction is – email your GP scheme administrator. When you have got your dates for your GP TRAINING SCHEME’S induction, don’t forget to book that time as study leave with your first post. PLEASE TELL THEM AND BOOK IT IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – they will not automatically know.
Make a good first impression
It’s worth trying to make the best impression you can in the first few days of the post. Be friendly and show genuine interest in the job and all your colleagues at every level. Show a willingness to work hard, a willingness to listen to instructions and advice. If you do this, people around you will find it a pleasure to want to help you.
This applied to both GP and hospital posts. In hospital posts, this is particularly relevant in those specialties that lack a close team structure – where people don’t have a lot of opportunity to get to know each other in depth. In such departments, permanent staff tend to form a rapid impression of new doctors, who then get a reputation which sticks. People then take a long time to change their view if they have made up their mind about you. Is that something you would wish for on you?
It would be tactless and inappropriate for us to quote examples, but some trainees have found themselves pigeon-holed either negatively (e.g. as slack, unconscientious or uncooperative) or positively (e.g. helpful, hardworking or conscientious) on very little evidence. Later, when their behaviour has changed, their reputation hasn’t – reputation sticks!
That’s why we say a little extra effort in the first few days is likely to pay immense dividends in the end. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can be good, hard working and conscientious in the beginning and slack off towards the end. Individuals who go the extra mile are ALWAYS admired, respected and generally liked. Others, in return, will often go the extra mile for you!
I've got no ePortfolio... help!
It’s likely that you haven’t registered and therefore you have no National Training Number (NTN) which is necessary to create an e-portfolio. You need to get in touch with your TPDs/GP administrator ASAP. Do it now!
I've transferred from another scheme...
Hopefully, your ePortfolio and everything will have been transferred over by your Deaneries and the RCGP. So, log in and see if everything looks okay. In particular, have a look at your post rotations within it and check to make sure they are all correct. If anything is a miss, please contact your GP administrator first, failing that, your TPDs, failing that the Deanery, and failing that the RCGP.
What's the dress code?
Simply dress smart. You don’t have to wear a shirt and tie or an elegant dress. Looking smart is the key. Most hospitals ban ties – so please do make contact with your organisation if you have questions or anxieties.
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