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Policy Update Notice – Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment Policy and Guidance Document and Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Supervision Policy


4 July 2022

Notice of RACGP policy and guidance document update


This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated the PEP – Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment Policy, A guide to completing the PEP Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment Guidance document and PEP – Specialist Stream Supervision Policy.
The updated versions replace the previous versions and will come into effect immediately

What has changed?
There have been a number of changes to the documents Please see the below table:
 

Change Rationale Implications
Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment Policy
Clause 4.2.1.c has been added. Applicants are required to have and provide evidence of 18 months (FTE) of general practice experience in addition to the existing recency of general practice experience requirements as part of their comparability assessment application. (clause 4.2.1a-b)  There is currently no overall assessment of general practice experience at the time of application. The introduction of this clause aligns with the Australian GP in training requirement. Applicants are clear they must demonstrate 18 months general practice experience as part of their comparability assessment application, which is not subject to the 4-year recency period but may be inclusive of.
This requirement is in addition to the existing recency requirements outlined in clause 4.2.1a-b
There are no changes to the evidence required to be submitted for this requirement as this information is captured as part of the application process in any case.
A guide to completing the PEP Specialist Stream Comparability Assessment guidance document
The RACGP has updated the guidance document to reflect the changes to general practice experience requirements as detailed in this policy. As above As above
Practice Experience Program – Specialist Stream Supervision Policy
The RACGP has updated the policy to require a supervisor to have attained Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) to clarify the clauses supervisor approval listed in clause 5 are requirements. We have determined supervisors who have attained Fellowship of the RACGP (FRACGP) as supervisor support maintaining high standards when assessing readiness for Fellowship of the RACGP.
Ensuring participants on the PEP -Specialist Program are supervised by a RACGP Fellow provides an opportunity for the participant through their supervisor to have contact with the RACGP during their program.
All PEP – Specialist Stream participants and supervisors are clear their supervisor must have attained Fellowship of the RACGP to meet the requirements of a supervisor.
Supervisors who have Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remove Medicine (FACRRM) cannot be supervisors for participants of the PEP – Specialist Stream.
Additionally we will no longer accept written recommendation by a RACGP Fellow in support of an application as a supervisor.
This change does not apply to participants who have a supervisor who has been approved by the RACGP prior to 4 July 2022 who holds Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remove Medicine (FACRRM) or who does not hold a Fellowship but had a written recommendation by a RACGP Fellow in support of their application as a supervisor.
 

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