CHANGES TO RACGP’S SPECIALIST PATHWAY PROGRAM…
Recently, RACGP have planned to remove the Specialist Pathway Program (SPP) and introduced the Specialist Recognition Program (SRP). To give you an idea of the changes in the programs you should be aware of when applying, our team have put together the following information.
This is a quick overview of RACGP’s changes, if you have specific questions or you need help, do not hesitate to contact us!
WHEN WILL THE SPP PROGRAM CLOSE?
To be considered under the SPP Pathway, you will need to have paid for an application by the 31st of August and have submitted all documentation by the 14th of September. Candidates enrolled on the SPP program prior to this date will continue to follow the existing guidelines of this program.
HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO SRP?
Applications will open on the 3rd of September and all applications will be submitted online.
A comparability application is to assess your qualifications and experience to the standard of an Australia-trained GP at the point of Fellowship.
RACGP will consider the following factors when assessing your comparability:
- Specialist qualifications and how these were obtained
- Type of examinations completed for specialist qualification
- All other qualifications
- Recency of practice
- Continuity of practice
- Experience in general practice
- Participation in continuing professional development
You will receive an outcome of Substantially Comparable, Partially Comparable or Not Comparable. If you receive a Substantially Comparable or Partially Comparable outcome, you can proceed to the next step of the SRP application. Your results are valid for 6 months from the approval date.
To join the SRP you will need to be a financial member of RACGP. Additionally, you will need to complete a pathway application form.
With this form you will need to provide:
- Current Medical Registration
- Certificates of Good Standing
- A suitable Australian General Practice job offer
- Mentor/Supervision Details
- Current CPR Certificate
Doctors deemed Partially Comparable will also need to complete a competency profile.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
If you are Substantially Comparable
You will be issued “FAEG” and can commence work in an RACGP approved GP position. As part of the program, you will need to complete 6 months full time work in the first 12 months of commencing practice, participate in CPD activities and complete a Workplace-Based Assessment (WBA).
RACGP will also conduct an audit into your practice after 6 months and assess you as either compliant or non-compliant. Compliant doctors will be issued with Fellowship whilst non-compliant doctors will either be removed from the program or allowed further time to complete the requirements or an additional WBA.
If you are Partially Comparable
You will need to complete 6 months full time work in an RACGP approved GP position, participate in CPD activities outlined in the program agreement and complete the WBA. Doctors will have 2 years of full time work to complete the pathway requirements and successfully pass the Fellowship exams. A WBA will need to be completed every 6 months until the FRACGP have been successfully passed.
WORKPLACE BASED ASSESSMENT
The workplace based assessment will include the following:
- Patient surveys
- Supervisor/Mentor Report
- Self-reflection on the differences between practice in Australia and the country in which the specialist qualification was awarded
- Learning plan using the RACGP Planning Learning and Need tool (PLAN)
- RACGP peer reviewer practice visit
WHAT REGISTRATION WILL I HAVE?
Our key concern is the level of registration you will be working on. We would assume that Substantially Comparable General Practitioners will work under “Specialist AHPRA Registration” and Partially Comparable General Practitioners will work under “Specialist Limited Area of Need” similar to the prior system of “Cat 1 – 3”. At this stage, we do not have confirmation from RACGP but we will update this blog as soon as we do!
CAN I GET LEAVE WHILST ON THE PROGRAM?
Leave can be granted for extenuating and unforeseen circumstances or for legislative leave for up to 12 months. All requirements of the program are suspended during this period. If the candidate exceeds the total amount of leave time allocated, they will be removed from the program.
RACGP will also consider extensions for up to 6 months to complete pathway requirements.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
If you are looking for further guidance on RACGP SRP applications or would like to ask further questions about the changes mentioned, this is something our team can help you with. Contact us directly on [email protected].
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