Northumbria Extended Integrated Training Posts


Extended Integrated Training Posts


The GP Medical Education research team at Newcastle University, led by Hugh Alberti have created the following website for people who are interested in applying for education ITPs/ ACFs/ academic FPs/ SSCs.  >

The website provides information on what they do, what life is like as an ITP, current projects and previous publications. 


Extended Integrated Training Posts  

For information please see the How Extended ITPs work document which may be of interest to you.

We are very pleased to be able to offer a range of unique extended Integrated Training Posts across a range of interests to our doctors in GP training.

These posts are 12 months in length and are split between General Practice and a speciality. The posts will extend training by 6 months from 3 years to 3½ years Whole Time Equivalent. 

The posts give doctors in GP training the opportunity to develop interests and skills which serve as an excellent foundation post CCT either directly, e.g. by active involvement in teaching or commissioning or indirectly by using the additional generic skills you have developed, e.g. team-working in projects, developing ideas or leadership.

Summaries of Acheivements from trainees in Ex ITP Posts August 20 - August 21

Leadership through Health & Care Systems Posts

We have 2 posts split between local GP practices and their local placed based partnerships (These replace CCGs).

As commissioning becomes a bigger part of UK General Practice trainees can experience a range of opportunities related to education around commissioning, project work and aspects of leadership. There is also the opportunity to work with Public Health for interested parties.  These posts are available to start at the beginning of ST2 or later. Doctors in GP training must have a minimum of 6 months whole time equivalent left of their current training programme at the start of this post

Job Descriptions:  

Marine Avenue MC 

Teams MP

Clinical Extended Integrated Training Posts

These posts are available for doctors in GP training to start at the beginning of ST2 or later. Applicants must have a minimum of 6 months whole time equivalent left of their current training programme at the start of this post

Palliative Care:

This post works between the 2 bases below and supports doctors in GP training in studying the Diploma in Palliative Care or equivalent.

St Cuthbert’s Hospice opened in the 80s as a day hospice provision very much aligned to a growing need for community palliative care. The specialty of palliative care was still relatively new and it would not be until the 90s that Palliative Medicine became a medical training specialty. The inpatient unit has been in operation for around 15 years and the hospice is the major provider of specialist palliative care for County Durham.

Broadway Medical Practice The practice provides weekly MDT meetings (composed of GP, DN, Community Matrons, Social workers and the voluntary sector) focused on wrapping services around our most complex and vulnerable patients. These patients are usually the severely frail or multi-morbid who may be nearing their end of their life. The practice works collaboratively with the palliative care team to further develop our approaches in management of patients in the community as well as ensuring our patients receive the best possible proactive and holistic care.

Sexual Health:

Whilst in working in the sexual health services doctors in GP training will manage patients within the queue and wait service and the appointment clinic and can use their time to undergo training in the following areas:   FSRH Diploma; FSRH Letter of Competence in Intrauterine Techniques; FSRH Letter of Competence in Sub-dermal implant insertion and removal; STIF Plus.

Doctors in GP training will see a large range of patients with genitourinary problems, gynaecological problems and contraception needs. They will be taught genital examination techniques and the use of the microscopes and point of care testing.

Job Descriptions:  

Clinical Palliative Care Integrated Training Post

Clinical Sexual Health Integrated Training Post

Primary Care Research Post(16 months Post)

The 16-month post will consist of one day per week working in research if the post is commenced at the start of ST3. If the post is commenced mid-way through ST3 it may involve more than one day per week to give equivalent research experience within the context of a 4-month extension to training. The research component of the post will be based at Branch End Surgery, Stocksfield: research supervisor – Dr Farzan Kamali; trainers – Dr Alan Maguire and Dr Victoria Parker. 

This practice is actively involved in clinical primary care research which has been adopted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network (CRN) oversees and supports this research. This will give the participating GP specialty trainees a unique opportunity to learn about and work with the CRN and to learn how NIHR-portfolio research is delivered and supported. 

There are three stages to the Primary Care Clinical Research programme: 

  • Brief e-learning introductory course 
  • Two-day face-to-face “Introduction to Research in the NHS” programme 
  • Mentor-based learning based in the research-active practice. 

During their time with the research team, participatingdoctors in GP training should gain practical experience of research and be able to demonstrate an understanding of:  

  • Process of reviewing suitability of protocol to study team/site. Including estimating ability to recruit, filling in expressions of interest.  
  • Review of study protocol and regulatory approvals; importance of adhering to the research protocol. This will include critical appraisal of research protocols.  
  • Delegation of research tasks, who is responsible and use of delegation logs.  
  • Principles of screening and recruiting for research trials.  
  • Type and process of randomisation (if appropriate).  
  • Informed consent process for research.  
  • Processing samples.   
  • Data quality and management.  
  • Structure of Case Report Forms (CRFs).  
  • Data confidentiality and Caldicott requirements.  
  • Research documentation eg: source documentation and site files.  
  • Where appropriate setting up and maintaining a database.  
  • Process for reporting adverse events.  
  • Data submission processes.  

Job Description:  

Primary Care Research Integrated Training Post

Digital Health Posts

These posts are available for doctors in GP training to start at the beginning of ST2 or later. Applicants must have a minimum of 6 months whole time equivalent left of their current training programme at the start of this post.

Are you interested in how technology can be used to improve patient care in General practice?

The NHS is expanding its uses of technology in healthcare and the North East and North Cumbria is leading the way in Digital Health Initiatives.This is an opportunity for you to get involved with this exciting fields as a doctor in GP training and as a part of your future practice. Applicants pursuing this extended ITP will benefit from:Mentorship; Funded postgraduate CPD; Digital Health Project; Leadership Development and Regional Digital Health Strategic involvement.

Job Description:  

Digital Health Job Description

An Overview of Digital Health

Research Posts

There are up to 4 Research posts each year available to doctors in GP training to start between the end of ST1 and the end of ST2. These may be based at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities.

During the first year you will choose academic modules, which allow you to complete a Postgraduate qualification in academic research to equip you with research skills.

The format of this post may vary for those who have previous academic experience and qualifications. 

Doctors in GP training who enjoy this year AND continue to demonstrate academic potential can apply to continue their academic interest by moving into the Advanced Research ITP. This is a further 12 months split between GP and research during which you can undertake further postgraduate training leading to a Masters qualification. There will be further opportunities to undertake your own projects during this time.

Further extensions to research / GP programme are accessible for those who are working towards a PhD. This is a unique opportunity available in HEE-NE only and does not exist elsewhere nationally. 

Further information can be found here:

Newcastle Research post

Sunderland Research post

Educational Posts

These 5 posts are available to doctors in GP training to start between the end of ST1 and the end of ST2.  Doctors in these posts can gain the Certificate in Medical Education (or Diploma/Masters if certificate already obtained). Experience is gained in planning and delivering education sessions to a range of learners and in developing teaching tools.

Job Descriptions:

Educational Undergrad Foundation School –Sacriston Surgery

Educational Paeds/Rheumatology RVI – Greystoke Surgery

Educational Undergrad Medical School - Ponteland and Throckley Surgeries

Education Undergrad Medical School - Sunderland Uni

Edcuation NSECH Sunderland University and Woodland Park 

How do I apply?

An email will sent to all doctors in GP training during Autumn time to inform you that applications are open for a 4 week period.

Application Form