Salford and Trafford – We take on approximately 20 trainees each year but can vary depending on instances such as; people returning from maternity leave. Most of the rotations include 18 months of hospital-based posts across Salford Royal and Trafford General hospitals and 18 months in general practice. All trainees are allocated educational supervisors who’s role it is to mentor the trainees throughout the programme. Regular reviews of the progression of all trainees are part of the programme ensuring that development during specialty training is specific to the individual towards completion of training.
In ST1 trainees would normally do two 6 month hospital posts, in ST2 one 6 month hospital post and one 6 month GP post and in ST3 the whole year will be spent in General Practice.
Possible hospital posts are:-
Psychiatry, O&G, Ortho, ENT, Dermatology, CoTE, Paeds, EAU, A&E and Medicine
In GPST2 it is possible to do a GP+ post with outreach to a hospital specialty 2 days a week.
Possible outreach specialties are:-
Palliative Care, Paeds, Psychiatry, Rheum/Derm, ENT and Pain Relief
Please see the Job Descriptions Page for more information
Overview of the Training Structure – Soon after you start in August we hold a full day’s induction programme at which you will get to know your fellow trainees and the Programme Director and Medical Educators. Then, during the next three years there is a half day structured teaching programme which provides GP orientated formal teaching. It usually runs on Wednesdays from Sept – June each year and is well received. In the ST1 year we focus on the e-Portfolio initially and a focus on competencies continues throughout the year as we look at clinical and nonclinical areas relevant both to the curriculum and to being a GP.
We also begin teaching communication skills in the ST1 year which continues through and including the ST3 year, preparing you for both the CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment) examination and most importantly, consulting with patients on a day to day basis.
In the ST2 year we expand our study of the GP in the wider professional environment, in line with the GP curriculum, as well as building on clinical knowledge and looking at the evidence base underpinning our practice. All of this supports preparation for the AKT (Applied Knowledge Test) examination, as well as several sessions which are specifically focused on this dotted through the year.
The communication skills course continues too, supporting the new skills and attitudes trainees develop as they continue in both secondary and primary care posts.
The first part of the ST3 focuses on CSA preparation, a Mock/Rehearsal CSA is also run towards the latter part of November to further help trainees prepare and focus their learning needs.
Much of a trainee’s clinical and best practice learning at this stage is supported by self directed learning and 1:1 tutorials with their educational supervisors, so we take advantage of being able to work in groups and explore further the roles of the GP in the wider professional environment.
Structured Teaching Programme – This is a formal programme of education delivered though the 3 years of training. Details of your local teaching will be given to you by your TPD. All programmes are designed to supplement the learning from your clinical experience to meet the requirements of the GP curriculum. Attendance at the programme is mandatory and is part of your study leave allowance.
The structured teaching programme looks to support all trainees; full time and less than full time trainees, August and February starters, out of sync and in sync trainees. To this end we will often tailor individual timetables so that the teaching programme works for all trainees, regardless of how or when they train.
Tutorial – Whilst in a GP post you should have a weekly formal protected 2 hour tutorial with your GP trainer or other member of the practice team. The subjects of your tutorials should be negotiated with your trainer based on your learning needs but will include assessments and reviews.
Departmental teaching – Whist in hospital posts there will be a variety of formal teaching sessions arranged by the department you are working in or the local Postgraduate Centre.