The Irish College of General Practitioners starts 2020 #BEaGP social media campaign to highlight the advantages of a career in General Practice.

The highest ever number of places are available in General Practice for the 2021 training programme to help meet the growing demand for GPs in Irish healthcare.

New category of Emergency Medicine is now included under expanded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) scheme.

The Irish College of General Practitioners, the training, professional and education
body for General Practice in Ireland, has begun its annual social media campaign
called #BEaGP to highlight the advantages of a career as a GP in Ireland.

The campaign, which will run on social media over the next six weeks, centres on a series of videos with newly trained and existing GPs about why they chose the career of general practice, on a dedicated website www.beagp.com.

The campaign also highlights the expanded RPL or Recognition of Prior Learning
pathways for graduates to enter general practice. For the first time those who have completed their core speciality training in Emergency Medicine will have a full year of training recognised with shortened GP training from 4 years to 3 years.

The RPL pathway is also available to those with a BST in Medicine (up to 1 year recognition), and a BST in Paediatrics (4 – 6 months recognition).

Dr Karena Hanley, the Director of GP Training with the ICGP said :“The career options in General Practice are really good, they are certainly more numerous and varied than most other specialties. The GP is valued within his/her community as someone who really makes a difference to people’s lives”

Fintan Foy, CEO of the ICGP said: “The #BEaGP campaign has run for 3 years now and we have had a very successful recruitment campaign which has reached out to those interested in having a balanced life, where they can make a difference and become specialists as their careers progress. General practice is a terrific career as the Irish healthcare becomes increasingly focused on primary and community-based care.”

Training for GPs has adapted to the COVID-19 environment with more blended learning and remote teaching.

Dr Karena Hanley said: “We faced the challenge of adapting to the pandemic, like
everyone else, but our trainees and our training community have responded admirably. The vast majority of trainees have continued their progress, and are gaining new skills to move safely with the changes being wrought in medicine.Good patient care, flexibility and problem solving are at the heart of Irish General Practice and Irish GP training.

KEY DATES
Online applications begin: 14th October 2020
Information Webinar: 17th October 2020
Online applications close: 12th November 2020
Note: Application Fee of €100 required. This will be refunded to those who
commence training in July 2021.

Further details of the GP Trainee Recruitment process: www.beagp.com
www.icgp.ie

Follow the hashtag #BEaGP on Twitter and Instagram.

See Twitter @ICGPnews

See Facebook page – Irish College of General Practitioners

ENDS

ISSUED BY: Aileen O’Meara, Communications Consultant ICGP.
Tel. 01 2542984 / 087 2239830
Twitter @ICGPnews
Email: media@icgp.ie