Introduction to Professional Skills Development/Leadership Project
The aim of this project is to introduce GP trainees to the concept of leadership and to develop the competencies needed to be a leader in their workplace and ultimately the wider NHS. It builds on work that may have been done at undergraduate or foundation level in line with competencies that are outlined in the Medical Leadership Competency Framework produced by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.
Step 1 for ST1/2 in GP placements
Trainees in their initial GP placements will be asked to carry out a simple audit looking at an area of clinical guidance such as NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidance, cost effective prescribing etc. They will be expected to plan this with their trainer, research suitable standards, collect the data and present it to the practice, negotiate areas for change and re-audit once these changes have been implemented. The trainee will be expected to write up the audit and present the final form to the practice and their peer group and complete a self rating of their competencies as evidenced by their activities in the project. They will be required to have reached an overall level of competence for this stage of training, assessed by their trainer and summarised in the Educational Supervisor’s report, in order to progress at ARCP (Annual Review of Competence Progression) panel.
Step 2 for ST3 in GP placements
At ST3 level the trainees will be expected to look at an area of service within the practice that could be changed. They will meet regularly with a small peer group to discuss the stages of the project, reflect on their progress and identify the skills they need to develop the project. Throughout the year the delivery team will support this process, helping them to identify the skills needed to develop their ideas and revisit some of the concepts introduced in the first project e.g. negotiation skills, time management, presentation skills, obtaining meaningful feedback etc
Again the trainees will be expected to write up and present their project and self evaluate the competencies of leadership that they have demonstrated. This will then be reviewed by the GP trainer/Educational Supervisor and the competencies evaluated. It is expected that all trainees will “need further development” after the first project but that they should be demonstrating competence in all areas in the second project. The trainee can attach evidence of competence to their portfolio and Educational supervisors are asked to comment on their achievement of leadership competencies in their ARCP report
ST1/2 in GP placement
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ST3 in GP placement