GPs who undertake 'extended roles' i.e. roles outside the scope of the GP curriculum, make an important contribution to the health service, particularly in terms of bridging the gap between primary and secondary care and enabling patients to receive high quality care in a community setting.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) have worked closely in collaboration to ensure that appropriate standards exist for GPs undertaking extended scopes of practice in Dermatology. The restructure of primary care in England, the introduction of revalidation for UK-licensed doctors and the move towards a system of 'credentialing' for roles over and above core roles for all medical practitioners, present an opportunity to introduce more consistent processes to ensure that GPs who are practising outside the scope of the GP curriculum are doing so safely and effectively, with appropriate local support and the right level of integration with secondary care. The pilot has identified a number of current issues, which the RCGP and BAD will seek to address through discussion with NHS England and other relevant stakeholders. However, in the longer term it will also inform the development of credentialing models and thinking about new models of care.
The full report can be found below.