Programme no. 303-WS
Professional Development
Developing Resources to Facilitate the Transition from GP Training into Established General Practice. The Similarities, Differences and Methods in Denmark, Norway, and Finland
Ulrik Kirk*1, Elisabeth Mathilde Stura*2, Eva Schandorf*3, Katrina Tibballs*4, Kalle Saikkonen*5
1Quality Unit of Region of Zealand,Sorø,Denmark, 2Dalen legesenter,Fyllingsdalen,Norway, 3Lægehuset Dagmar,Ringsted,Denmark, 4Vinderen Legekontor,Oslo,Norway, 5Helsingin Kaupunki,Helsinki,Finland
* = Presenting author
Objectives: The aims of this workshop are to provide participants with the opportunity to consider the type of support materials that can be developed for Establishing GPs, the various methods by which they can be developed, and how such support materials can be kept up to date and improved over time to ensure the continued relevance to the needs of Establishing GPs.
Background: The period of transition between being a Family Doctor in training to being an Established General Practitioner can often be extremely daunting. Davies et al., in The New GPs Handbook, have described this transition like 'falling off a cliff”.

Under the auspices of their respective National Colleges of General Practice, both Denmark and Norway have in place structured support materials for Establishing GPs; Praksis Plus in Denmark and ALIS in Norway. One core aspect of each programme is a “handbook” or “support manual”.

In Finland, GPs are often employed in Health Centers, but they also need structured support in the transition phase.

Content: At the beginning of the workshop, participants will in small groups discuss what if any support materials are available to Establishing GPs in their respective countries, how these supports could be improved, and if none exist, what supports they would like to see being available to Establishing GPs.
Method: Two brief presentations from Denmark and Norway will describe the contrasting support “handbooks' that are available, the completely different processes by which these materials were developed, and the wholly divergent methods by which they have been kept up to date.

Participants will then be divided into small working groups to discuss methods and modalities of developing a supporting “handbook' for Establishing GPs, and ultimately arrive at an agreed process for creating, developing and maintaining an ideal 'support manual” for Establishing GPs.

Other considerations: At the end of this session participants will have learned what can be done, and have a roadmap for how support materials for Establishing GPs can be created. This will enable participants to return to their respective countries and engage with existing National representative organisations to have such materials put in place or to improve existing support materials.