Dorset FAQs

A full set of MRCGP FAQ can be found on the MRCGP Web site. These FAQs are regularly updated and should be used as a first point of reference.




Plans for AKT are in progress for a socially distanced exam in July2020. Details available from RCGP.

Plans for CSA to be submitted via video have been announced and the platform provided by 14 Fish.

Please see latest advice from the RCGP

MRCG exam overview



The CSA component has been replaced by a video component please see guidance and FAQs from the RCGP

RCA MRCGP policy advice and FAQs

14Fish RCA advice and FAQs



The latest RCGP guidance allows AKT and CSA to be taken before CCT date in August. As long as the evidence in the WBPA is adequate ARCP will be able to recommend CCT.



The ARCP will be virtual. The panel will prioritise final ARCPs prior to CCT.

WPBQ, covid and Guidance for ST3 finishers who have already passed CSA and AKT



Evidence and log entries will still be required as detailed in the RCGP advice. From a pragmatic point of view evidence and logs should continue unless there are clear reasons for this not being possible from a work load, supervision or self isolation perspective. See below for details.

Exam overview



ARCP will still occur. ESRs are required for all trainees before ARCP. The mandatory requirements for the ESR and for the required evidence vary according to stage of training and approaching CCT. Requirement will need to be checked according to RCGP advice.

Exam overview



Evidence of some CEPs activity -learning logs are adequate and the mandatory CEPS do not have to have been observed at this stage in ST1/2. For ST3 you will need some observed CEPS.



Prior to the Covid pandemic, ST1/2 GP trainees in GP posts would have used their “educational” sessions to evidence a range of urgent and unscheduled care experience. This would have included sessions with the various “other” OOH providers i.e. 111/ambulance/social services/acute psych etc (all on the Dorset GP Centre website) as well as evidencing urgent and unscheduled care within the practice; on call GP/triage etc.


Now ST1/2 OOHs should be considered as urgent and unscheduled care.

ST1/2s are advised to focus on recording on-call/urgent experience within the training practice to demonstrate the various capabilities that are required, realising that there may be limited time for trainees to reflect and record in their e-portfolios at this challenging time.  We are still encouraging trainers to offer a weekly tutorial.



A QIP is not a mandatory requirement during the Covid crisis. Hopefully trainees will have the resources to learn about and evidence their learning in this area.



The PSQ in ST3 will be waived. If you have completed a PSQ in ST 1 or 2 GP this will be waived.



MSF is required in ST1 and ST3 for ARCP. If this is not achievable in ST1 then a comment on the ARCP form that there is evidence of working in teams within the ePortfolio



Please see the list of assessments required in the RCGP advice.

RCGP advice re assessments

Form R

Message from panel is “technically we still DO need a form R”. The good news for all is at the Form R can be completed and attached on the Eportfolio .



See MRCGP FAQ link

HEE Statement Less Than Full Time Training circulation

Guidance on the management of Less Than Full Time Trainees 

There has been an overwhelming number of responses from trainees currently working on a LTFT basis asking how they can provide additional support.

The attached paper from HEE supports the following principles:

LTFT trainees who would like to return on a full-time basis:  this should only be considered where appropriate in accordance with health and personal circumstances

LTFT trainees who wish to increase their current working percentage: This should only be considered where appropriate for the individual

On return to business as usual: Trainees will automatically have the right to reduce their current working percentage and resume their original LTFT working

Trainees considering these options should discuss with their Educational Supervisor or TPD in the first instance before contacting their Local office.

For Wessex please contact –

Trainees on OOP

All trainees currently on OOPR/E have been contacted to request to return to clinical practice and have been asked to liaise with their TPD in terms of appropriate placements.  Many have been proactively liaising with Trusts to agree their return.

The guidance summarises the following:

Currently it is not possible to accommodate OOP requests

Reassurance that processes to support OOP will resume once the COVID-19 pandemic ends

New requests to take up the following OOP will be suspended until further notice:


Trainees may request OOPC where there are extenuating circumstances through agreement with the PGD – where a trainee has already submitted, this will be reviewed pending nature of request

Current requests will be paused

Recently agreed OOPs are currently on hold

Extensions to OOP already out of programme will not be granted unless exceptional circumstances – e.g. trainee abroad and unable to return

Trainees due to return from current parental leave should return to the last hospital placement unless exceptionally agreed by the PG Dean and should discuss with their TPD.


Supervision in practice

As our practice changes face to face supervision will be more difficult. Trainers and Trainees will need to ensure that the trainee is practicing within their competency with adequate support and supervision. The level of supervision required will need to be judged by the trainer according to the competence of the trainee. Remote supervision of telephone and E consult consultations will be challenging. As we  learn to consult in a different way using these interfaces then we will also use these new skills to supervise our trainee’s consultations in a different way. We will need to learn how to use videos of consultation that can be shared confidentially and safely using IT for educational and assessment purposes.


Vulnerable groups as a GP VT in practice

Take advice from your employer and HR. Below is a link to the latest RCOG advice for pregnant Doctors.




Study Leave

Study leave including the DRC is available during the pandemic. We are currently running a virtual DRC for Trainees including Webinars and group work.



An online level 3 module will do, logged on your portfolio. See the mandatory RCGP guidance.—COVID-19.ashx?la=en



An online module will do logged on your portfolio.


Day Release Course

We a running the DRC with Webinars and small groups on the usual DRC days.


Educational Events

All face to face educational events are cancelled. Check the programme pages for the Webinar programme.



Those ST VTs in GP will not be called in to secondary care.

Normal rotations will occur in August.



August recruitment is planned to go ahead.


F2s in GP

F2s in GP were redeployed to secondary care as of the 23rd March 2020. It is expected that F2s in GP will rotate as usual in August


Tier2 visas

Tier 2 visas have been extended by one year.

Should trainees be unable to gain their CCT when planned as a consequence of COVID-19,  Tier-2 visas can be held for up to 5-years.  The HEE Visa team will support any trainees requiring an extension to a Tier 2 Visa due to these events.


Trainer re-approvals

Trainer re-approval visits have been put on hold. We are keen for new trainers to still complete the application to become trainers for this August. Please discuss with GP Centre re Virtual meeting. The new system for 6 yearly STC approval and  3 yearly completed form is now in place. This will be less onerous for all.


Emergency Returning Practitioners

We expect more guidance for returners to practice from HEE imminently. This link may he help re GMC registration, Performers list and joining in Dorset


Targeted GP training

The time lines for ARCP and future exam readiness will remain within the limits of available MRCGP exams being available.


Zoom for HEE

We will be supporting trainers and trainer groups if possible using Zoom for virtual meetings.


Trainee Support

At this challenging time, it is important that all GP trainees are still appropriately supported.  Whilst it is anticipated that WPBAs will be reduced, it is still important that where possible trainees are given protected time for learning, reflection and portfolio work.  Whilst tutorials are not mandatory during the COVID 19 crisis, it is still important to offer supportive, debrief opportunities, maintaining protective time for this if at all possible.  Please also try for now, to ensure that trainees can have study sessions and that not all their sessions are converted to clinical work.  Please see the RCGP guidance for evidence required for ARCP.


SuppoRTT and PSU

The SuppoRTT teams across HEE have developed a raft of resources which can be accessed via the HEE SuppoRTT website

The PSU website has been updated and the following web links signpost trainees and educators to various sources of external support:

Information for Trainees

Information for Educators


Dorset GP Centre link for COVID 19 management links.

Dorset GP Centre – Covid-19 Info Link