Training posts


Overview of training for a standard full time 3 year rotation

Overall, a full time trainee will have 18 months in General Practice and 18 months in hospital posts. These figures may be slightly different for LTFT trainees depending upon logistics and timing. Besides standard practice attachments, General Practice posts include Integrated Training Posts (ITP) which involve spending half of each week in practice and half working in a hospital specialty.

All programmes all designed to be compliant for a CCT.

Some trainees need extensions to their training programmes for educational reasons, in which case the extra posts will generally be in standard General Practice posts, most commonly at the end of their programme. Trainees who work less than full time (LTFT) will obviously have their training extended so they work the same amount of time overall.

A typical training programme will be as follows:

Year 1 (ST1)
This will comprise of:
6 months in General Practice followed by 6 months in a hospital post
6 months in a hospital post followed by 6 months in General Practice

Year 2 (ST2)
This will comprise of:
2 x 6 months in hospital posts

Year 3 (ST3)
This will comprise of:
Either a 6 month ITP post followed by 6 months in General Practice
months in General Practice followed by 6 months in an ITP post

The Programme covers a large geographic region with over over 100 training practices, both urban and rural, and hospital posts in at least 7 Trusts. Therefore some travelling will be inevitable.

Once your training programme has been agreed we will not alter it without good reason. Swaps will not be allowed, and changes will only be supported where there are strong reasons for doing so. A minimum notice of 3 months is required in these circumstances. Any changes must be considered by the Lead TPD.

Allocation Process:

A number of factors influence the allocation process. The factors taken into consideration, though in no particular order are:

  1. Preference of trainee, both personally and educationally
  2. Availability of trainers and space
  3. The need to allocate to Supervisory Training Practices and new training practices
  4. Fair allocation across hospital posts to meet NHS Service need and commitment
  5. ‘Fallow’ periods for GP training practices (these are kept to a minimum)

Less than full time trainees working 60% will generally slot share training posts whilst in hospital trust posts. Allocation of posts are part of the above allocation process.

Whilst previous experience is considered during the allocation process, due to the specialities available for GP training some duplication from previous experience e.g. foundation training posts may occur.