GP trainees committee

The GP trainees committee is part of the GPC (general practitioners committee). We provide national representation for all doctors on a GP training programme.

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 19 April 2022
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The GP trainees committee represents all doctors across the four nations of the UK on a GP training programme, including BMA members and non-members, while working in primary care.

 

Our priorities

The GP trainees committee works on a broad range of issues affecting GP trainees. Find out more about some of our work.

Shaping future of GP and GP Training

The views of GP trainees in shaping the future of our profession are vital. We recently surveyed GP trainees across the UK on their views on GP training, and their future career plans. We are analysing this data and hope to share key findings soon, to help shape the future GP workforce, and improve GP training for future trainees.

COVID-19 has also encouraged a long-term review of how we work as GP trainees. The move to more remote consulting has required GP trainees to work in situations no GP trainee has trained in before. We engage with RCGP, Statutory Education Bodies and the wider GPC to review how GP training is delivered, to adapt to the new ways of working, aiming to ensure the curriculum is up to date and relevant to the environments we train in.

GP trainee Urgent and Unscheduled Care (UUC)

(Also known as Out of Hours (OOH))

From our recent GP trainees survey, it was clear access to educational opportunities to achieve UUC competencies was a concern for GP trainees. COVID-19 has restricted access to traditional OOH settings, although these issues are now resolving in many areas. The UUC guidance is clear on the variety of ways UUC competencies can be made, and that RCGP no longer mandate minimum hours requirements in traditional OOH settings. This minimum commitment has also been removed from the contract in England.

In Northern Ireland, the training requirements from NIMDTA stipulate at least 108 hours in GP OOH over the course of GPST2/3 with 36 hours in GPST2 and 72 hours in GPST3.

GP trainees in Wales currently work and training under the 2002 Terms and Conditions of Service. The position of HEIW and employers in Wales is that as part of this contract, there is a training requirement for GP trainees to undertake a set amount of OOH work as part of their GP-placement posts. This is 36 hours in the ST2 year and 72 hours in ST3 (the GP training programme in Wales comprises of one year in hospital-based placements and two in GP placements). This is a position that the BMA has explored in the past with a view to change and is under discussion as part of the wholesale contract talks.

As a result of lobbying by the BMA in Wales, GP trainees are now enabled to receive their contractually mandated 11 hours of compensatory rest between an OOH shift and a normal working day at their training practice if they need to take a late evening OOH shift between Sunday and Thursday. The advice is that this can be undertaken if the OOH shift availability and training opportunity offered means taking such a shift is important and if the trainee’s training practice is given as much notice of the shift as possible.

RCGP exams

We are aware MRCGP Examinations are a major issue for our members. We have regular contact with senior members of the RCGP, feeding into key discussions on this topic. We have raised concerns regarding the Recorded Consultation Assessment (RCA), lobbied to ensure Study Budget access for credits, and extending the recording time from 10 to 12 minutes. We also continue to highlight the need for fairness to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion aspects are addressed for GP Trainees. We will be feeding into the long-term future of any RCA replacement, to ensure we voice concerns raised from members regarding both the RCA, and the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA).

The GP trainee committee has for many years been seeking transparency on GP trainee exam fees from RCGP, more so following the move to the RCA. Following previous discussions, RCGP published this paper explaining the cost of exams prior to the RCA. We continue to highlight the impact of the costs of examinations to trainees, and push for transparency in the cost of the RCA in comparison to the CSA.

GPT contractual issues

Version 9 of the Terms and Conditions for doctors in training in England was published in April 2021. This clarified the provision allowing GP trainees that are required to use their personal vehicle for home visits to claim home to practice mileage and any associated travel costs, such as tolls. This was a significant improvement negotiated as part of the 2018 Junior Doctor Contract review. The ability to claim the home visit itself remained unchanged. Some employers are placing arbitrary caps on the number of claims trainees can claim, and the GPTC would urge any such instances to be raised with BMA.

The Welsh Junior Doctors Committee negotiates contractual issues on behalf of all trainees including GP trainees in Wales. The GPTC representative for Wales is an active member of such work. WJDC entered talks exploring contractual reform in 2020. These talks were suspended during the first wave of the pandemic and are currently continuing. More information can be found here. Please look out for further information later in 2022 regarding the result of these talks.

GP trainee indemnity

GP trainees in England no longer need to purchase additional personal indemnity, under agreements secured by the BMA. Under the scheme, all GP trainees placed in GP settings for training purposes will automatically be covered for clinical negligence liabilities – no payments are required to benefit from the indemnity provided.

Following further discussions between Health Education England (HEE) and the BMA’s GP and GP trainee representatives, the BMA can confirm that comprehensive personal indemnity cover for all GP trainees will be funded by HEE until qualification. Where a trainee’s personal protection is currently provided by a medical defence organisation through a bulk-indemnity agreement, this will continue.

In Scotland, as an employee of NHS Education for Scotland (NES), your indemnity will be provided by CNORIS for the duration of GP training. However, there are other professional activities which may not be covered by CNORIS. When GP trainees work in a hospital setting, they are normally covered by the NHS Hospital and Community Health Services indemnity against claims of medical negligence. You may not be covered by the indemnity for certain circumstance, for example, providing services for which you receive a separate fee.

GP trainees within Northern Ireland need to organise their own indemnity through their local Medical Defence Organisation (MDO), for both GPST2 and GPST3, and claim back this expenditure from NIMDTA. It is important when discussing with your MDO you highlight Northern Ireland as your base, this ensures your cover will be correct, as trainees in Northern Ireland are not covered by Crown Indemnity.

In Wales, GP trainees are required to purchase their own personal indemnity. You can find out more about indemnity in all four nations here.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Visas

With the number of IMGs undertaking GP training in the UK increasing, we are increasingly concerned about the lack of access to sponsors for Visas for GP Trainees at the end of their training. This causes significant anxiety and worry for GP trainees at a time they should be preparing themselves for CCT and working as a GP. Alongside other GPC committees (such as GPC Wales), we continue to highlight this issue to the UK Government, keep up pressure on the Home Office and national health departments to find a solution.

We also are pushing for more support for IMGs when starting in post, at a time when many IMGs commencing in GP training may be new to the United Kingdom and the NHS. We are working to lobby Statutory Education Bodies to ensure such trainees are provided with tailored support should they wish it, and to allow Educational Supervisors to support IMGs in progressing through their GP training.

 

Our people

Chair: Euan Strachan-Orr

Deputy chair: Josephine Cheetham

Members

Wales (and Deputy chair of GP Trainee Committee)
Josephine Cheetham

Eastern
Anem Zia Mirza

East Midlands
Richard Walker

Kent, Surrey & Sussex
Vacant

Lancashire (North West Deanery region of North West LETB)
Vacant

London North East & Central
Raoul Li-Everington

London North West
James Allanson

London South
Devina Maru

Mersey (Mersey Deanery region of
North West LETB)
Emma Scott

North East
Vicky Theakston

Northern Ireland
Andrew Wilson

Peninsula (Peninsula Deanery region of Southwest LETB)
Adam David Sage

Scotland, North
Vacant

Scotland, South East / East
Eric Fung

Scotland, West
Vacant

Severn
Kevin Chatar

Thames Valley
Hina Rajen Mojaria

Wessex
Andrew Pike

West Midlands
Sakaria Farah

Yorkshire
David Smith

Associated committees

GPC UK
GPC England
GPC Northern Ireland
GPC Scotland
GPC Wales
Sessional GPs Committee
LMCs
UK junior doctors committee,
Northern Ireland junior doctors committee
Scottish junior doctors committee
Welsh junior doctors committee
Junior members forum

The GP trainees committee will be attending relevant conferences.

Our meetings

The GP trainees committee meets four times a year to discuss the issues that affect you. These meetings are open to committee members only.

Meeting dates:

  • 29 September 2021
  • 15 December 2021
  • 23 March 2022
  • 15 June 2022

All meetings are currently held virtually.

For more information please email [email protected].

 

How to join

There are many advantages to becoming involved in our committees. You can actively influence BMA policy-making and negotiations, represent your colleagues' voices and develop your leadership skills. 

Each committee has a few routes to becoming an elected member. In the case of the GP trainees committee, this is: 

Regional elections
  • Seats/term - every year, half of the 19 UK regions elect a representative for a two-session term.
  • Timeline - these elections are usually held in March or April.
  • Eligibility - All GP trainees who are BMA members are eligible to stand in the specific region in which they are training. All GP trainees can vote in this election. 

The election section below is kept up to date with details about any running elections, so make sure you keep checking it throughout the year.  

 

Elections

GP trainees committee regional elections (2022 to 2024)

The GP trainee committee is holding elections for a two-session term for the following constituencies in England and Scotland:

  • Lancashire (North West Deanery region of North West LETB) 
  • London, North East and Central
  • London, South
  • Scotland, North
  • Scotland, West 
  • Wessex
  • Yorkshire

Eligibility

To stand for election, you must:

  • on 1 March 2022, be on a GP training programme that will not finish before 30 September 2022, or
  • by 1 March 2022, have a confirmed place on a GP training programme that will commence during the BMA 2022/2023 session.

You may vote in either the region in which you are training or are resident, but not both. 

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Thursday 7 April 2022 to 12pm on Thursday 5 May 2022.
  • Ballot - from 12pm on Monday 9 May 2022 to 12pm on Monday 6 June 2022.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

Results

Results will be announced on Tuesday 7 June 2022 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email [email protected].

GP trainees committee by-election (2022 to 2023)

The GP trainee committee is holding by-elections for a one-session term for the following constituencies:

  • East Midlands
  • Kent, Surrey & Sussex

Nominations and casting your vote

  • Nominations - from 12pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022 to 12pm on Tuesday May 2022.
  • Ballot - from 12pm on Friday 6 May 2022 to 12pm on Friday 20 May 2022.

Read our guide on how to use our online system for elections

Take part in the election

Results

Results will be announced on Friday 20 May 2022 on the election portal.

If you have any questions about these elections, please email [email protected].

 

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out more about our work, if you have any issues or questions relating to the committee, or if you would like to get in touch with your elected representative, please contact [email protected].