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.

There is more information on the RCGP website but here is brief overview of the 5 pillars underpinning the concept:

  • Connecting with the College: Promoting a sense of belonging and appropriate representation for the First5 cohort within the College.
  • Facilitating networks: Encouraging peer support and mentoring through the development of local networks.
  • Supporting revalidation: Offering support through revalidation for those in the first 5 years post-CCT.
  • Career mentorship: Highlighting opportunities a career in general practice offers and helping new GPs get the most out of being a GP.
  • Continuing professional development (CPD: Identifying areas of CPD which members in the first 5 years feel are not well provided and developing materials that will address their learning needs.


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RCGP’s First5 Library

This library provides educational resources and guidelines relevant to First5 GPs. It brings together national guidance, resources produced and accredited by the RCGP. These resources will be helpful for GPs in their first five years post MRCGP. To allow quick and easy access to the resources, the library is divided into the following sections, each of which covers a different area relevant to First5s: Clinical topics; Career options; Career progression; Organising finances; Appraisal and Revalidation and; Medical law. Resources marked as FREE are accessible free of charge to all RCGP Members. Members may be required to pay to access other resources.

Nottingham First Five Group

The aim of this group is to provide a forum for GPs in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire who are in the first 5 years following qualification make themselves known to each other and promote any learning events or other news that may be of relevance to First5 GPs.

They have a Facebook page which First5 GPs can join to view updates and any events are posted on Eventbrite. You can also email them for more information.


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