When the RACGP announced the changes to the Specialist Pathway in mid-April, we communicated our concerns and the challenges we identified with the new process, as did other groups and agencies. It appears that some of these concerns have been heard and that the RACGP is working on solutions before implementing the new system.
In the meantime, they have said the changes will be delayed and not come into effect until late this year instead of July 1 as we had anticipated.
The good news is that this will allow more UK and Irish GPs to submit their application under the current (easier) system. We are also hopeful that the delay will allow the current cohort of registrars who get their MRCGP in August to apply under the new system. This means GPs arriving this year will be able to get Specialist Registration on arrival and their earnings won’t be reduced for the first 6-12 months. They will also not need to complete a Workplace Based Assessment on arrival.
This makes a move in 2017 much more attractive for UK GPs.
Alecto Australia is in direct contact with the RACGP and will be attending a briefing provided by the RACGP to ensure that we are always informed about the latest developments. As we continue to learn more about the RACGP changes, we will be in contact with all our clients and candidates.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to us about any of the above, you can contact us via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 1800 604 332.
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