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How do you become a GP who also works part time in A&E as a middle grade? Do you have to do the new A&E exams?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.s92-c (Published 04 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s92
  1. Andy Lockey, consultant in emergency medicine
  1. Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust

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It is not necessary to take the new exams to do this. General practitioners (GPs) normally fill clinical assistant slots, although levels of responsibility are at the discretion of the employing department. Essentially, a minimum of six months' A&E experience in accident and emergency (A&E) is generally required prior to doing sessions. The remainder of the GP VTS (vocational training scheme) confers a good spectrum of specialty background posts. A provider certificate on ATS, ATLS, or EPLS (advanced life support,/advanced trauma life support, or/European paediatric life support) is desirable although not essential. There is a current shortage of middle grade doctors in A&E so I would advise that you discuss this with your favoured department in order to see what they can facilitate.

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