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Broad based training

In 2017 we completed a three-year evaluation of the broad based training (BBT) programme.

Key conclusions were that the BBT programme developed trainees who:

  • bring a wider perspective to health care
  • promote specialty integration
  • adopt holistic, patient-centred approaches to care
  • are able to manage patients with complex presentations
  • have conviction in their choice of career.

Developing doctors, many of whom are destined for work in the secondary care system, is recognised as an important means of addressing the changing patient demographics (notably increased comorbidities) which intensify the pressures on the health service. Although the BBT programme subsequently ceased, the generalist agenda has only increased in prominence and to meet the needs of tomorrow’s patients, the medical workforce needs to be equipped with generalist skills.

The purpose of this study is to conduct a survey-based longitudinal follow up of all BBT trainees who participated in the original evaluation and identify their longer-term career destinations. What is their current role and how much did BBT influence their career decisions and conviction?

We also aim to identify how participants view the future of generalism in the health service.

Find out more about our original study.

Lead contactAlison Bullock
FunderHealth Education England