ReCEnT research project contract launches GP Synergy’s Newcastle research unit - GP Synergy

ReCEnT research project contract launches GP Synergy’s Newcastle research unit

GP Synergy is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with the Department of Health to continue the longstanding Registrars’ Clinical Encounters in Training (ReCEnT) research project.

According to GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Oldfield, securing the ReCEnT contract marks the start of GP Synergy’s new GP training research unit which will be located in Newcastle and service NSW and the ACT.

“ReCEnT is a highly regarded, flagship research project within the general practice education and training arena,” he says.

“We are very pleased that the important work undertaken by the ReCEnT team will be able to continue.

“GP Synergy has always maintained a strong commitment to general practice research and evidence based medicine, and this will remain a key focus into the future.”

The ReCEnT project investigates the educational and clinical experiences of registrars across a number of levels, including identifying what registrars do in practice (the types of patients and conditions they see and the management they initiate) and how registrars’ practice changes during their training.

Chief Investigator, Dr Parker Magin, says the data is used to help identify evidence-practice gaps and education areas that might be addressed to improve registrars’ knowledge and practice.

“We can identify particular problems, design and deliver appropriate interventions, and then evaluate the effects upon registrars’ practice” he says.

“The end result being to better educate registrars to practise according to current best-practice guidelines.”

Under the lead of former Regional Training Provider (RTP) General Practice Training – Valley to Coast, the project commenced initially as a pilot in 2009 and grew into a large collaborative venture with other RTPs across Australia.

Dr Magin is excited to be able to continue the ReCEnT work with GP Synergy.

“Since the project’s inception, more than 170,000 clinical encounters have been recorded from over 1220 registrars, enabling us to reach a critical point where we can design, deliver and evaluate educational interventions,” he says.

“It is of great public benefit that this research will be able to be continue; if a registrar’s performance as a GP is improved, this will lead to improved patient outcomes both now and into the future.”