About Our Training Programme
The scheme aims to help registrars acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes required for modern General Practice. We encourage participants to take responsibility for their own learning in training posts and GPSTP groups. A wide variety of hospital posts and general practice placements are available
Full Time Training
The scheme offers 3 year rotations for doctors which comprise 18 months of training in GP and 18 months in hospital placements. From August 2022 most rotations will include 24 months of general practice and 12 months in hospital.
Vacant rotations are advertised annually in November/December via the National Recruitment Office for GP Training website, and selection centres are held in February/March to start training in August.
Less Than Full Time Training
Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training, previously called flexible or part-time training, is a well established feature of the Sheffield Scheme. Doctors choose LTFT training for a variety of reasons, including family commitments or health reasons.
Training may extend over 6 or more years and current regulations are that LTFT training is at 50, 60 or 80% in ST1, ST2 or ST3.
Trainees wishing to change from full to LTFT training must initially notify the Sheffield GPSTP Office and submit an application form to the South Yorkshire Office of Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.
All our training practices can accommodate LTFT trainees. Please note however that some trainers are themselves LTFT, and so work on certain days of the week. This can mean that for your first GP placement, where there may only be one LTFT training vacancy available, there is less flexiblity on which days of the week you will be working.
Hospital posts will be slot shares of full time posts – please note that LTFT Trainees may have to wait for a suitable slot share post to become available. Supernumerary funding for LTFT trainees will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances.
- LTFTT does not mean flexible, ie you may have to fit in with the normal start times of the team in hospital or GP, and may have to be in the practice on specific days if that is needed for practice reasons.
- A LTFTT ST3 placement is normally at one practice but should you wish to request a change to a different practice during the extended time you are there, you may submit a request to do so.
How to apply
The National Recruitment Office for GP Training coordinates recruitment to General Practice training throughout England.
Their website will help doctors who want to train for general practice identify the available opportunities and make informed judgements about where they wish to train.
National vacancy details, eligibility requirements, Deanery information plus the answers to your most frequently asked questions are available on this site.
The National Recruitment website also publishes an online recruitment campaign calendar – for information on when to apply for the next intake to the scheme.
There is also information available on the Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Deanery website.
Information for International Medical Graduates.