The new curriculum will be competency based, in other words the knowledge, skills, attitudes and expertise will be clearly spelt out. The curriculum content has to cover both generic professional competencies, the qualities that are expected from all doctors (such as those that appear in Good Medical Practice) and those competencies that are specific to the speciality of general practice.

The Core GP skills are :

Applying core skills

In applying these core skills in family medicine, three features are important :

  1. Contextual Aspects of Care
    The environment in which doctors work : working conditions, community, culture, financial and regulatory frameworks; the impact of workload and the practice facilities.
  2. Attitudinal Aspects of Care
    Doctorsí awareness of their own attitudes and capabilities; ethical aspects of clinical practice; achieving a good balance between work and private life.
  3. Scientific Aspects of Care
    Adopting a critical and research-based approach to practice and maintaining this through continuing learning and quality improvement.