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Year 1 Imperial GP Trainees win Prestigious London GP Prize

The Imperial Vocational Training Scheme, now in its second year, aims to provide innovative programmes for GP training. This year, six trainees have been involved in an exciting paediatrics with integrated care placement based at St Mary’s Hospital. In addition to a two month clinical placement, this post provides involvement in many projects with a view to improving the connections between primary and secondary care services which will be invaluable in their future careers as GPs.

A selection of these projects was presented at the London School of General Practice Annual Trainee Conference and provided an opportunity to share work. Three Specialist Trainees in the Imperial scheme, Chiara Haynes, Kat Holt and Morag Lenman were awarded top prize in the category ‘Research and Audit’ for their presentation “Connecting Care for Children’s Health". An extended version was also presented at the St Mary’s Hospital Paediatric Grand Round which generated a lot of interest from paediatricians and received overwhelmingly positive feedback.

This post has also provides GP Specialist Trainees with opportunities to expand upon their skills in project management and the development of ideas from initial concept through to publication. With the support of supervisors Dr Mando Watson and Dr Bob Klaber, the trio received their first publication in the British Journal of General Practice, ‘Paediatric consultant-GP hotline audit’ which audited a hotline service for GPs to phone in with paediatric queries. Some of their work, which considered the issues of Accident and Emergency use and GP opening hours was also presented at an unscheduled care meeting with local heads of commissioning. This was a unique opportunity to broaden understanding of commissioning and collaborative team working.

Such has been the success of this post that the paediatric department at St Mary’s Hospital has planned to introduce integrated care projects into the rota for all their trainees, paediatric and GP alike, to continue this work.

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