Introduction: There are a number of recommendations for changes to GP training to meet the future needs of patients but the views of those who deliver GP training in Scotland are not known.
Methods: A qualitative research approach was used to gain the views of GP trainers and educators. Focus group interviews and telephone interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed. Transcripts were coded and themes developed.
Results: Participants considered GP training had changed with more emphasis on assessment than training and mentoring. They perceived that GP training was relatively inflexible and earlier learning experiences should be valued. Participants contrasted learning in general practice compared to hospital posts, and considered the influence of the training practice and trainer on the trainee. Training needed to be longer for GPs to gain sufficient knowledge and skills to cope with future work, and participants reflected on how GP's careers had changed.
Discussion: This research complements the findings from studies of GP trainees and from The Shape of Training Review. GP training needs to be longer and situated in a range of practices so that newly qualified GPs feel prepared for their future career.