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Programme Overview

The Non-EU Rural GP programme is an important component of the multifaceted ICGP response to the severe GP workforce crisis in Ireland, especially in rural Ireland. This workforce shortage has workload implications for our ICGP members, with profound implications for patient care and patient safety. The programme is supported by ICGP, HSE and GP medical indemnity organisations.

The programme aims to identify, support and integrate a cohort of GPs into the rural Irish GP workforce. It incorporates two years of a self-directed learning and supervised practice. 

Non-EU GPs will be enabled to work in routine, daytime rural GP practice for 2 years, with some GP out-of-hours work. The ICGP and the 'host' GP practice will provide substantial ongoing education supports and clinical supervision.

The programme team:

  • identify and place suitably qualified, experienced GPs, in accordance with the programme criteria, in rural GP practices
  • facilitate supported and supervised practice
  • provide a three-day introduction programme, which requires mandatory attendance by the GPs
  • signpost the GPs to educational resources for self-directed learning 
  • assist the GP to undertake the ICGP (MICGP) exam, leading to Specialist Registration with the Irish Medical Council
  • encourage the retention of the Non-EU Rural GP in Irish general practice

Patient Safety

Patient safety is our top priority. The programme will provide a robust education programme including generous protected study time. This, combined with ongoing clinical supervision, will help ensure that participants practice safely and learn effectively. The programme will enable successful participants to undertake the MICGP exam, a benchmark of professional competence.

The programme will have ongoing evaluation of both process and outcomes.