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Table 1 RCGP curriculum learning outcomes (with examples) related to patient safety*

From: Applying the trigger review method after a brief educational intervention: potential for teaching and improving safety in GP specialty training?

  Learning outcome Example
1. Primary Care Management Contribute to the regular significant event audit (SEA) meetings and observe the benefits of a multidisciplinary team
2. Person-Centred Care Communicate openly, listen to and take patients’ concerns seriously and consider patient issues when reflecting on consultation experiences
3. Specific Problem-Solving Skills Demonstrate an awareness of the limitations of your own skills in risk management and illustrate that you understand when the skills of colleagues trained more extensively in risk management should be called upon
4. A Comprehensive Approach Describe the risks to patient safety by considering an illness pathway/journey in which a variety of healthcare professionals have been involved
5. Community Orientation Describe how patient groups may be put at increased risk of mishap by virtue of their particular characteristics, such as language, literacy, culture and health beliefs
6. A Holistic Approach Describe how the lessons of patient safety can be applied prospectively to doctor–patient interactions, especially through the identification and discussion of risk
7. Contextual Aspects Describe the impact of the working environment on the care the doctor provides and the likelihood of adverse incidents as a result of this
8. Attitudinal Aspects Help to shape an organisational culture that prioritises safety and quality through openness, honesty, shared learning and continual incremental improvement
9. Scientific Aspects Describe the basic principles of risk assessment
  1. *UK GP Specialty Trainees are required to spend 18 months in a GP setting as part of a 3 or 4 year programme. The teaching required is governed by the RCGP curriculum and one area that is increasingly being highlighted is UK general practice is patient safety.