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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22003: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recommendation by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), State of Child Health 2017, that it should fund mandatory child health training for all general practice trainees.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 19 March 2019

General Practice Specialty Training (GPST) is based on the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) curriculum which is the educational framework that defines and sets the standards for independent general practice The RCGP curriculum is approved by the GMC and any changes made to the curriculum require GMC approval. All components of the assessment system must be successfully completed before a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) can be awarded.

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

GPSTs also gain considerable experience in managing and learning about child health problems in the GP practice setting where a high proportion of consultations are with children or concerning child health issues. GPSTs will also receive training in the GP out of hours setting where child consultations are common. Regular teaching on child health takes place in the practice setting and via educational release teaching. Both NHS Education for Scotland & the SG facilitate and fund additional learning opportunities for GPs; the SG is funding an enhanced Paediatric GP training fellowship initiative in NHS Grampian and will evaluate the results over 2019.