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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14104: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on introducing mandatory child health training for GPs.

Answered by: Shona Robison 2 February 2018

Scottish Government has no plans to introduce mandatory child health training for GPs, but is working with key stakeholders on areas of practice to enhance the training of GPs to better meet patient needs, as outlined within the report of the UK Shape of Training Steering Group published on 11 August 2017.

General Practice Specialty Trainees (GPST) undergo high quality training and education which enables them to fulfil and pass all requirements specified within the the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) curriculum which is approved and overseen by the GMC as regulator for the profession.

Qualified GPs have a professional obligation to undertake continuous professional development to meet identified learning and professional development needs, and the RCGP and NHS Education for Scotland provide a selection of courses and learning resources to support the further development of GPs in matters of child health.