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General Practitioners: Assessments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to hold discussions with representatives of the Royal College of General Practitioners in respect of the cancellation of the (a) applied knowledge test and (b) clinical skills assessment as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department is working closely with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the four statutory education bodies to support development of solution for trainees who have had their examinations cancelled as a result of COVID-19.

The RCGP is working with its testing partner to enable the Applied Knowledge Test to resume at test centres with appropriate social distancing safeguards in place from July and are investigating options for remote invigilation for those who are shielding.

The RCGP and GP training educators are rapidly developing a temporary recorded alternative to the Clinical Skills Assessment (subject to approval by the General Medical Council).

The RCGP has committed to continue to share details of the developments with affected trainees as they progress.

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