Out of Hours

GP Specialist Trainees (GPSTs) must be competent in the provision of OOH care in order to attain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). The assessment of OOH competence forms an important part of the workplace based assessment component of the MRCGP examination. Educational supervisors must be able to sign off their GPST as being competent in their final educational supervisor review.

The current educational and contractual requirements are that a GPST must have completed 6 hours of OOH training for each month that they are in a GP training post during their training. Thus 18 months of GP training will require a minimum OOH experience of 108 hours. Innovative training posts should include a proportion of OOH training commensurate with the time spent in general practice, e.g. a 4 month innovative placement of which 50% is in practice would require 2x6 hours OOH experience for that placement. The requirement to complete 6 hours per month applies in all contexts including extensions to programmes. Some of the experience can be gained in different contexts, for example walk in centres, A&E services under the supervision of a GP Clinical Supervisor, ambulance services and GP/ Primary care based OOH Palliative care. In the event that the GPStR is attached to these alternate OOH service providers the Trainer of the GPStR takes Clinical and Educational governance responsibilities unless the supervisor in these alternate providers is a HEEoE approved OOH Clinical Supervisor. It is expected that the majority of the trainee’s experience should be gained in a HEEoE approved GP out of hours services. There are two principles:

  • Although the contexts are different, the quality of both care and education provided in OOH should be no less than that provided in working hours.
  • Extended hours of GP surgery do not count towards OOH training.

Try to book this in advance and not leave it to the last minute otherwise you may find that there are no sessions available.

Booking Out of Hours Sessions

You will be given login details when you start your training, login to the following website to book out of hours sessions:-

website is: www.huc-online.com

Queries regarding shifts e-mail clinical.resources@hertsurgentcare.nhs.uk or call 01707 385932 (Mon – Fri 8 to 6)

If you are sick for a shift you need to call 08445 60 50 40 option 1 or 0300 033 9981 (24 Hours)

Out of hours form to be completed by trainee and signed by OOH supervisor Out of Hours form

Further information regarding GP out of hours can be found https://heeoe.hee.nhs.uk/gp_out_of_hours

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