Date lodged: 14 September 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many GPs have undergone palliative care training and to what level.
Answered by: Shona Robison 28 September 2016
All GPs are expected to demonstrate through both work based learning and self-directed learning, the knowledge and skills in end of life care to satisfy the core competencies of a GP.
The requirements and content of the GP training curricula is a matter for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and is approved by the General Medical Council as regulator of the medical profession.
All Healthcare professionals including GP’s at all levels are expected to assess and address their learning needs to deliver the high quality services required by patients in primary and secondary care and also third party settings; this includes end of life/palliative considerations.