- By: Jamie Bahrami, Steve Field
General practice training programmes in Britain run for three years and consist of two years in approved hospital posts and one year in general practice as a general practitioner registrar. Although the general practice phase is envied across the world, it can be said to have failed overall because it has not succeeded in attracting enough recruits and has inadequately prepared those who do enrol to become principals in the rapidly changing NHS. The reasons behind this failure are complex, but they include the short length of general practice training compared with specialist training and the poor educational quality of some of the senior house officer posts used in the hospital component of training programmes.
The regulations that govern general practitioner training allow a variation on the above training programme, 1 permitting up to two years as a general practitioner registrar and a minimum of one year in hospital posts.