First5 GPs

Welcome to the First5 pages of the Dorset GP Website!

What is First5?

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has developed a First5 initiative to support new GPs from completion of training through the first five years as an independent practitioner.

In Dorset, the GP Centre have set up various opportunities for new GPs, in order to help you through the difficult transition from trainee to independent GP. Please see the different pages in the First5 section for a variety of information that could help support you personally and professionally in the first few years after achieving your CCT.

First 5 Meetings

In Dorset we have developed an educational and peer support programme for First5 and sessional GPs. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at the Harbour Hospital, St Mary’s Road, Poole, BH152BH.  Free car parking available. Dinner from 6.45pm and teaching from 7.30-9pm. These are popular events and well attended and you will be made very welcome!

If you would like to attend please let Aurelia Butcher know the week before so that we can cater for you.


Newly Qualified GPs (NQGPs)

The Education team in Dorset recognises that NQGPs in their first year post CCT may have particular needs and we have also developed a programme of events specifically for these doctors. This runs on the third Wednesday of every month in Poole at the same venue as above. The evening begins with dinner followed by an interactive talk from a local GP or Consultant.  


Peer support group

Small groups are actively encouraged by the Dorset GP Centre. GPs of all ages, at all stages, and in all jobs can benefit from peer support and education. We think that starting up (or joining an existing) small group is a great way of keeping in touch with colleagues, sharing problems and dilemmas (both professional and sometimes personal!) and continuing your professional development. If you would like to start up or join a small group, then please get in touch with the Dorset GP Centre.


Performers List for Newly Qualified GPs

All GP trainees should complete a “notification of change” form, which should be submitted to the Primary Care Support Office for the Area Team on completion of training.Trainees should also submit a copy of their CCT together with a letter of clinical reference from their trainer, which will be their Educational Supervisors Report. Trainees remaining in the same Area Team should note on the “notification of change” form the capacity in which they will be working after completing their training.

Trainees moving to another Area Team should indicate on the form that they will be working in the capacity of a locum doctor. These trainees can then in due course complete a further form for submission to the Primary Care Support Office of the Area Team where they will be relocating. On this form they should indicate they are currently on the national performer list as a locum and inform in what capacity they will be working in the new area.

Change Notification Form

Appraisal and Revalidation

It’s not as scary as it sounds! At least not if you follow our step-by-step guide on the “Appraisal and Revalidation” page. There is also a lot of information to be found on the RCGP website and the GMC website.