New programme developed to help ease the GP crisis

01 October 2015

Headlines over recent months have reported that the country is on the verge of national crisis due to a decline in the number of GPs, as doctors leave the profession and junior doctors turn their back on what they see as an 'unglamorous' career.

To help solve some of the issues and provide the region with more GP’s Integral Medical Holdings (IMH, incorporating Malling Health), in collaboration with the Institute of Medical Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, has developed and delivered the first two day pilot programme in the country to help prepare European qualified GPs to join the UK health care workforce.

The intensive, interactive programme provides advice and guidance to participants on the processes and procedures required by GP’s wishing to work in the UK. It includes essential advice on issues such as confidentially, safeguarding, fitness to practice and the structure of the UK health sector.

The programme also includes linguistic and language advice, as well as a simulated surgery to prepare participants for the required national assessment procedures they must successfully complete to be eligible to work in the UK.

The programme is led by Dr Mayur Vibhuti, GP and Medical Director for Malling Health and Dr Tariq Hussain, GP and Director of Medical Education at Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust and Peter Milburn, Director of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dr Vibhuti said: “This collaboration between IMH and Canterbury Christ Church University has produced a comprehensive two day course, which is the first of its kind in the country. It is aimed at the new national Induction and Refresher Scheme to get more GPs into UK general practice at a time when the GP workforce is in crisis.”

Peter Milburn, added: “The declining number of GPs coming into the service has led to many surgeries struggling to fill vacant positions, which with growing patient numbers has not only added to the pressure within their provision, but has also had direct impact upon other health services, such as hospitals’ A&E.

“This unique two day course provides vital support and information to allow current GPs, who qualified within the EU, to start the process of transferring their skills and knowledge to be able to practice within the UK, at a time when our health service needs them.

“Feedback from participants on our first programme indicated it was a great success and consideration will now be given to offering the programme four times per year.”

Twelve qualified GPs from countries in Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Greece and France took part in the programme.

Notes to Editor

Integral Medical Holdings

IMH believes both in looking after patients and in looking after doctors, and are dedicated to improving the working lives of Practice Staff and Patients.

IMH believes in supporting clinicians with the challenges of modern general practice and empowering them to offer new and innovative services as well as keeping the best traditions of patient care alive.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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