Tayside GP Career Start programme wins prestigious award

Dr Shawkat Hasan and Dr David Shaw (centre) designed the Career Start Programme together with their team

An innovative programme which aims to attract and support newly-qualified GPs in Tayside has been recognised by The Royal College of General Practitioners.

The Career Start GP programme, a two-year post designed for newly-qualified GPs, is the only one in Scotland and one out of three programmes in the United Kingdom to be awarded the Bright Ideas Pioneer Award from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The clinical lead for the project, Dr Shawkat Hasan said, “We have worked closely with colleagues in NHS Education for Scotland to support GPs in their first five years after qualifying into post-training opportunities with two-year fixed term health board posts, with a mixture of core general practice and community based specialty training.

“We listened carefully to our newly-qualified GPs and trainees and asked what matters to them and then co-produced our programme with them.”

The Pioneer Award recognises ideas that push the boundaries of general practice. The awards are part of the College’s Bright Ideas project, an online platform where clinicians and patients can share ideas for small changes that can have a big impact on general practice.

To be considered for an award, participants must demonstrate that their Bright Idea has improved primary care by increasing patient satisfaction, reducing workload, making the practices more efficient or improving staff morale.

Associate Medical Director for Primary Care Dr Michelle Watts said, “We are delighted to have been recognised by the College for our GP Career Start scheme which was designed and led by GPs. The programme has a strong focus on providing a good quality experience for GPs starting out in their career.

“The feedback from practices, acute specialties and Career Start GPs has been hugely positive, and our sustainable funding model and quality centred approach will hopefully allow us to keep building the programme.”


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