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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20294: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many places for GP training have been available in GP practices in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 12 December 2018

The information is not held centrally by the Scottish Government. The data is partially available from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) from 2014 onwards.

The number of trainees in practices has increased annually from 2014-2018. The following table shows the number of trainees in GP practices from 2014-2018 which includes trainees in year one of specialty training and also in year 3. Each trainee will spend 6 months in a practice during Specialty Training level 1 (ST1) and 12 months during ST3.

In order to take on trainees, a GP practice must have a trained Educational Supervisor and the practice must itself be approved for training following a visit by a team from the NES Deanery.

Number of trainees in GP practices (ST1 and ST3)

2014

520

2015

522

2016

528

2017

555

2018

584