The lost videoBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.581 (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:581
- Jamie Bahrami, director of postgraduate general practice
Last month, the Post Office lost the video of a GP registrar's consultation. To many, not intimately involved in general practice training, this may sound almost trivial, bearing in mind all the important challenges now facing the NHS. But to me, the GP registrar concerned, his trainers and course organiser, and the whole GP education network, this was anything but trivial.
He had no job and no income and faced an uncertain future
Let us start at the beginning. Since 1998, all those wishing to enter general practice as independent practitioners must complete a package of assessment known as summative assessment at the end of their training. This is to prove that they have reached a level of minimum competence. This package has four elements, each of which must be passed by the GP registrar. There is the traditional multiple choice questionnaire to test factual knowledge; the audit to test the written element of the assessment; the trainer's report to testify …