International doctors experience English practices in VR

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International doctors considering a move to the UK can see what it’s like to work in England’s general practitioner (GP) practices through a new virtual reality (VR) app.

The app, Patient journey to GP practice, developed by the General Medical Council (GMC) and NHS England, encourages international doctors considering a move to apply GMC guidance to a range of ethical scenarios.

The 360-degree interactive video follows a patient through their interactions with a multi-disciplinary team, from the moment they make a first appointment with their GP surgery, through to end-of-life care.

During the VR experience, doctors are asked to listen to the patient and respond to ethical questions throughout their journey.

App developer GMC e-learning consultant Nick Moseley said: “It’s been exciting to see doctors engage with this technology and get immersed in this new type of learning experience.”

“You can tell a doctor about good practice, but it’s far more beneficial if we can show them. By using this app, doctors not only hear the theory, they see it modelled.”

GMC international GP recruitment programme training and development manager Kim Tolley added: “The NHS is a world-renowned employer which continues to attract talented staff from across the globe. We hope this app will help international doctors understand the important role of GPs in the UK and how beneficial it can be to work in a supportive multidisciplinary team.”

Dr Mehreen Tahir, clinical lead for the international GP recruitment programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement London, commented: “It has been great working in partnership with the GMC to develop this virtual reality app that was filmed at the practice where I work in Raynes Park, South London.”

“I am proud of being a GP in the NHS and it has been exciting to use this technology to promote the importance of the patient journey, something I feel is vital for GPs who are new to UK practice.”

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