Growing the next generation of GPs

New investment for training medical students.


Medical students will benefit from more teaching by GPs as a result of an additional £5 million of Scottish Government investment by the end of this Parliament.

Evidence shows that training within a practice during medical school increases the likelihood of doctors choosing a career as a GP.

To encourage more surgeries to get involved, the tariff paid to GP practices to cover the cost of teaching undergraduates in primary care is being raised from £40 per session to £85.  

The investment comes following a recommendation made in a report by The Increasing Undergraduate Education in Primary Care Review Group chaired by Professor John Gillies.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“I am grateful to Professor Gillies and the Review Group for this report and fully endorse its recommendations. It is only right that GP practices are properly funded for covering the cost of teaching medical students.

“Implementing the recommendations from this report is part of a range of actions we are taking to ensure we deliver the GP workforce we need.

“We will have increased medical school places by 190 in total by 2021 –­ a rise of 22% from 2016 levels.

“In addition, we are widening access opportunities to study medicine in Scotland ensuring that more medical school places are offered to Scottish students so they have the opportunity to pursue a career here.”


Professor Gillies is Deputy Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care. His independent report was written on behalf of the Scottish Government and the Board for Academic Medicine. The working group was comprised of senior GP academics and representatives of the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS Education for Scotland, the British Medical Association and the Scottish Government.

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