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ICGP to implement new training model after successful transfer

By Catherine Reilly - 22nd Oct 2021

Stethoscope or phonendoscope on a doctor's white desk on cloudy morning, for treatment of cold or flu.

Efforts towards implementing a National GP Training Programme, as outlined in the GP Training Task Force Report (March 2019), will follow the transfer of GP training to the ICGP last week.

With the ending of the HSE’s direct involvement, implementation of a new model managed and delivered by the College will proceed over the next 12-to-24 months.

The deadline for an agreement to complete the transfer had been extended over the summer and followed members’ approval at the 2021 College AGM, held virtually in May.

Three resolutions were agreed by members at the AGM, amending the constitution to allow responsibility for training to transfer to the College.

In a recent update on the transfer arrangements, ICGP CEO Mr Fintan Foy noted the ongoing impact of GP shortages. He reiterated that the target number of trainees entering the programme by 2026 was 350

Half of the GP training Programme Directors are taking retirement through an agreement between the IMO and HSE as part of the changes.

Mr Foy said he was grateful for the goodwill shown by all in the GP community during the transfer process. In regard to the HSE, he added: “While we may not always agree, there is a clear commitment to continue working with the College after the transfer has been complete.”

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the ICGP launched its #BEaGP social video campaign to recruit the highest ever number of GP trainees in 2022.

National Director of GP Training, Dr Martin Rouse, said: “Ireland has about 3,500 GPs, which is 29 per cent fewer GPs per head than the UK. The College has steadily increased its training numbers over the past decade. We aim to train 350 per year by 2026, and we will have workforce pressures and problems replacing retiring GPs in the meantime.” 

He added: “This year we will recruit 255 trainees, the highest so far, and trainees can be assured they will receive four years of excellent training with wonderful career opportunities awaiting them on completion. The ICGP is working very closely with the HSE to manage the growth in trainee numbers with the hope of meeting the increasing demand for GPs.”

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