6 month Integrated Training Posts (ITPs):
Integrated training posts are based in General Practice but with half of the time spent in a Hospital Specialism or other area associated with health care.
LTFT working and ITPs.
We are committed to ensuring fairness to all doctors in GP training when allocating all our training posts, but there are educational and logistical implications to ITPs specific to LTFT doctors which we would like you to consider.
In an ITP, each working week is split between 2 sites and specialties (General Practice and the specialty area in question). For a doctor in GP training working at 60%, this results in working 1 day in the specialty, 1 day in GP, with the 3rd day being split between self directed study, any regional teaching and in-house teaching. A doctor in GP training working 80%, would normally have 2 days in each area with self directed study, regional teaching etc fitted into those days.
Whatever the % you plan to work, the issues are these:
- Having such a changing timetable for each day can be disruptive for many doctors in GP training and inhibit the learning that can be achieved in either aspect.
- It is difficult to develop the relevant skills when the time spent in each department is so limited each week
- It is also more difficult to develop relationships within two different teams at the same time.
As a result we suggest you think carefully before applying one. Not undertaking an ITP does not necessarily mean that you lose out. The vast majority of our ITPs link with a specialty for which there is an equivalent substantive post for which you can express a separate preference. As a LTFT, your training programme is longer than 3 years and you will be naturally allocated a wider range of posts than a full time trainee. It is therefore very likely that over that training period you will get posts which include your preferences.
The only ITP posts which do not have an equivalent substantive post are :
Substance Missuse .
If you have a particular request to be considered for these or any other ITP then this detail needs to be added to your preference form.
Your preference for specific ITPs will be considered as part of the allocation process.
Below are the ITP posts that the programme currently offers, click on the link to each ITP Description to view the comprehensive profile (PDF).