'Boot camp' trains hospital specialists to write better discharge letters for GPs

GPs who open discharge letters with trepidation will be heartened to hear that hospital specialists are now being sent to boot camp to ‘drill’ them in succinct and relevant letter writing.

Since 2015, surgical trainees in Bristol, UK, have been required to attend a three-day induction to real-world practical skills that includes GP instruction on writing discharge letters.

Under the supervision of a GP, the neophyte surgeons are asked to put themselves in the role of a primary care practitioner. Their next task is to evaluate six real-life examples of good