In PLAN, you are asked, as part of developing your learning needs, to reflect on your level of confidence in terms of knowledge and skills against a series of criteria.
- the five domains of general practice and the contextual units of the RACGP’s Curriculum for Australian general practice 2016 (the Curriculum)
- common general practice conditions
- procedural skills relevant to general practice.
The five domains of general practice represent the critical areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for competent unsupervised general practice. They are relevant to every general patient consultation. The five domains have been expanded by the addition of the Core skills unit, which are used as the basis for this section of the self-reflection.
Refer to the five domains of general practice and Core skills unit for more information.
The Curriculum contextual units identify how the core skills from the domains of general practice can be best applied to individuals from different populations and with a variety of types of presentations. Refer to the Curriculum for Australian general practice 2016 for further information.
Common general practice conditions are a sample of conditions identified by practicing GPs to promote reflection on a broad range of common general practice management problems. There will be other conditions that you may want to document in your PLAN activity.
Procedural skills relevant to general practice are a sample of skills identified by practicing GPs to promote reflection on a broad range of procedural skills. There will be other skills that you may want to document in your PLAN activity.
Procedural tasks have been identified as tasks which are more likely to be lost over a period of time, especially when a GP is returning to clinical practice after a period of absence. While GPs in clinical situations may not require a high level of skill in procedural tasks, reviewing these skills provides you with a systematic process for reflecting on procedural skills learning requirements.