The Day Release Course for ST3 GP Trainees

ST3-A August 2023 – January 2024

Welcome to the ST3 A Course page for 2023.

Here is the provisional timetable for Wednesday sessions, please note, at this stage, there may be changes to rooms or sessions, especially those highlighted with italics. Sessions will run in all allocated slots, however.

Timetable last updated:

DateMorning 0900-1230
New to ST3
Morning 0900-1230
Existing ST3
20 SeptSCA Prep 1: Mock SCA
All TraineesZoomSCA Prep 4 Critique and Benchmarking

MS Teams
27 SeptGreat Explanations /
HEE “How to RCA”
All TraineesZoom
(SR1 available)
SCA Prep session (unsupervised)DR1
4 OctSCA Prep 2 – How to SCA with Examiner (Ian Hamer)All TraineesSR1Bolton ICS TeachingMS Teams
11 OctSCA Prep 3 – Case Roleplays with First5 GPsAll TraineesZoomConsultation Models
18 OctSCA Prep 5 – Case Roleplays with ActorsAll TraineesSR1ACSC3: Patient Centre, Doctor Efficient Care
(ST3s who commenced pre August 2023 only)
25 OctSCA Prep – attend and work in groupsAll TraineesSR1SCA Prep – attend and work in groupsSR2
1 Nov“Beyond Labels”
Sally Heady Coaching
SR1Bolton ICS TeachingMS Teams
8 NovFocussed Clinical ExaminationsSR1SCA Prep – attend and work in groupsDR1
15 NovWellbeing DayBolton OctogonWellbeing DayBolton Octogon
22 NovPRiME 1 (University of Manchester)SR1Prescribing Effectively
(Jole Hannan, Bolton ICB)
MS Teams
29 NovPRiME 2 (University of Manchester)SR1QIP/Leadership Time
6 Dec0930-1200: Occupational Medicine for GPs (Talal Khan)
1300-1430: BLS/AED Training
SR1/ResusBolton ICS TeachingMS Teams
13 DecBelbin Team RolesSR1/DR1/DR2End of Year SessionLounge
20 Decno session timetabledno session timetabled
27 Decno session timetabledno session timetabled
3 Janno session timetabledno session timetabled
10 JanPractical Ethics
SR1Non-patient facing work in GP (SP)SR1
17 JanAdult Safeguarding L3 (Sarah Kiely, Bolton ICB)SR1SCA PrepSR1
24 JanChild Safeguarding L3 (Gabi Lipshen & Charlotte Mackinnon, Bolton NHS FT)SR1Career Options: Partners & Salaried rolesSR1

In the first few weeks of the day release programme, we run two concurrent courses depending on what stage of ST3 you are in. For those new to ST3, you should attend the RCA course sessions. Those who are already ST3 should attend the Advanced Consultation SKills Course. Both courses occur twice a year so all ST3s will get to experience the sessions.

Sessions with no description are not scheduled teaching sessions and you should arrange your own educational activity for these times, in line with your individual job plan.

Please be aware that sessions may need to change at short notice due to presenter and room availability – we will inform trainees by email if this is the case.

Please attend sessions ready to start at the advertised time in line with our attendance policy. Repeated late attendance will be be flagged as a cause for concern.

Each session is mapped to the Areas of Capability (AoC) in the RCGP Curriculum (see the AoC column for details) to help guide your reflective portfolio entries. We strongly recommend making a portfolio log for each session you attend.

Breakfast Club

New to ST3 this year is “Breakfast Club”! Both national surveys and our own trainees tell us that having the opportunity to meet and bond with other ST3s is a vital part of their training and wellbeing. We will now start each morning session at the slightly earlier time of 9am with a general discussion topic accompanied by hot drinks and breakfast snacks.

We’ll explain further at our first session for those that are new to ST3.

Consultation Skills Courses

 SCA Preparation Course (SCA Prep)
1How to Approach the SCA
2Mock SCA
3Case Roleplay with First5 GPs
4SCA Examiner Skills: Critique and Benchmarking Exercise
5Consultations with Actors
Advanced Consultation Skills Course (ACSC)
1What Went Well? Positive Case Reviews
2Accepting Imperfection
3Patient-Centred & Doctor-Efficient Care

Page last reviewed: 2 January, 2024