In the final year of training, GP Registrars have the opportunity to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in the Delivery of Primary Health Care alongside their training.
The course provision is part of the final year of training for doctors before accreditation for Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) as an Independent Practitioner. At interview for a General Practitioner post, all candidates are expected to have the MRCGP. The PG Cert is now becoming recognised as a further quality benchmark and ownership of the certificate may afford the candidate an advantage over others.
PG Cert Programme content
The PG Cert requires the completion of three modules and there are three hand-in deadlines during the academic year. The three modules, each worth a total of 20 CATS credits are:
- National Delivery of Primary Health Care
- Personal Development reflecting on the process of leading a small group and dealing with feedback.
- Management of Primary Health Care in General Practice
The University of Winchester has now introduced the MSc in the Delivery of Primary Health Care so that those GPs who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate can go on to further their studies and exit with a Masters qualification.
The MSc in the Delivery of Primary Health Care is designed for qualified doctors who have trained for General Practice, providing a progression route to enable students who had completed the PG Certificate Delivery of Primary Healthcare to exit with a Masters qualification.
The programme aims to facilitate graduates who have broadened their knowledge and skills set beyond clinical medicine for professionals working in Primary Health Care. Various cross-cutting themes and aims help develop a culture of self-critical, self-motivated lifelong learning, fostering leadership skills within the setting of the ever-changing political and economic structures of the NHS. Students will develop an understanding of critically appraising research and the value this brings to practice by carrying out their own small scale research projects within the ethical boundaries of Primary Health Care.
MSc Programme content:
The programme offers a very flexible route to a Masters award. Although the programme uses existing research modules, students will consider Primary Health Care as the focus for their studies.
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