Developing as a GP in the immediate years after CCT is more focused on needs driven by patient care, personal enthusiasms and service imperatives. Possibilities in learning are growing by the day and the fasted growing field is e-learning.
The most immediate educational process is that of Appraisal where the Primary Care Tutor network is in place to help Area Teams deliver an effective appraisal process. We see this process as developing into re-licensing and re-validation.
There are still GP educational programmes running at local Postgraduate Centres where traditional links to our secondary care colleagues are developed and maintained.
Some doctors who have family or health commitments can make use of the Doctors Retainers scheme to help them to maintain and develop their skills. Others who have a certificate may have been out of practice for some years and need career advice and might be suitable for the Returner Scheme.
Each year doctors are identified as needing extra training either through local or national processes. Health Education East of England (HEEoE) acts as an educational advisory service to help individuals and their organisations.
One of the more traditional and exciting ways of developing as and beyond being a GP is to explore education and training. Careers in medical education are now a possibility and portfolio careers are common. The pathway to GP trainership, associate and full, GP Programme Directors / Primary Care Tutors, Directors and Deans and beyond is a well trodden and clearly defined.
The newish title of GP with Special Interest still seems to cover many roles. HEEoE is often involved in advising Area Teams about this role and its educational implications.