New Starters

Welcome to GP Training the Bradford Way…

Congratulations on getting onto the Bradford GP Training Scheme, we’re looking forward to meeting you.  We hope you are excited about your training journey ahead and wish you a warm welcome to this wonderful city and the training programme. 

We appreciate that some of you may be feeling anxious, apprehensive or even overwhelmed at this transition period in your life. In order to ease the stress and help things go smoothly for you, we’ve put together a scheme induction (details below) and this page for you to orientate yourself to Bradford and GP training.

Don’t forget that we, the training programme team are here to help you.  Please feel free to drop us a line.  We hope you find this guidance helpful and that it makes your transition a smooth and enjoyable one.  We look forward to seeing you all at our two day induction event on in August. Due to Covid 19 and the current social distancing guidance this year’s induction will be taking place online via zoom. You will have been sent the link to join the induction by the scheme administrator Gemma.

Warmest wishes

Gemma, Jess, Lucy, Gareth, Hasna & Abid – Bradford Training Programme Team

The Big Bradford Hello

There are three types of mandatory inductions you will most likely undergo when you join the Bradford GP training scheme;

The Scheme Induction

The first is the induction to the GP training programme. This is a fun packed two days where you will have an oppoprtunity to meet your peers and the training programme team including the training programme directors and the scheme administartor Gemma. This induction provides a key platform to orientate yourself in GP training and brings the focus back to you and your training Traditionally this has always taken place as the Midland Hotel in Bradford, however due to Covid 19 and current social distancing guidance this year’s induction will be just as much fun and interaction but over zoom. You can view the timetable and learning material for the two days below;

Remote Induction Programme Outline

Welcome to Trainee Handout Aug-2020

Modular Course Programme 2020 2021 Aug Jan

Difference Between GP & Hospital Posts

Reflective Writing Exercise

Making the most of your GP post

Making the most of your hospital post

Reflectve Writing










The Trust Induction

The second type of induction you will be invited to attend is the trust induction. This is organised by Bradford Teaching hospital Foundation Trust as your employer. Much of this is currently being done remotely due to current social distancing guidance. You may be asked by the HR department to complete some online modules (such as safeguarding, fire safety, equality, diversity and human rights etc). This induction is mandatory and you might not be able to start work until this has been completed.

The Departmental Induction

The third induction is a departmental induction. This will usually be organised by your clinical department or GP practice (if based in the community) and will happen every time you rotate in to a new post. This induction will cover all the bits you need to know in order to be able to do your day to day job in the specialty you are workiong in (EPR access, smart card set up, using the clinical system, timetables and departmental teaching etc).

Getting started – things to do as soon as you join our scheme…

That’s because you have not registered with the RCGP as an Associate in Training (AiT). Please do that now. Details above.

1. Register with the RCGP

– Do this ASAP. this will allow you access to the e-portfolio – your new best friend. We will spend a lot of time discussing your eportfolio so don’t worry too much about it at this stage other than getting registered. To register online, click here.There is an enquiry line for AiTs (email or telephone 020 7344 3078) for any registration queries.

2. Get your rota and timetable

Get in touch with the rota co-ordinator. Check your rota for when you are on-call and on nights and that these dates do not clash with the scheme induction or modular courses (we’ll give more information about these at induction). This is a good time to check if you need annual leave for any special occasions (like a wedding) and to arrange swaps with your peers.

Your timetable will detail your working/learning time over the week. Go through this with your clinical supervisor to ensure you have the appropriate protected learning time and opportunity to attend half day release and modular courses.

3. Get to know your supervisors

Your supervisors are here to help and support you through your journey as a trainee. There are different types of supervisors involved in your training

Clinical Supervisor (CS) – This is your supervisor in the department in which you are working. Your CS may complete some of your work place based assessments (WPBA) and will complete your clinical supervisor’s report every 6 months. This is an essential part of your WPBA. Your CS will be able to offer you support in your work place environemnt and help you navigate your day to day job. Your CS is also responsibel for reviewing your eportfolio log entries.

Education Supervisor (ES) – Your ES is responsible for supporting and guiding you through your GP training and will often remain constant (where possible) for the duration of your training. Your ES will be a GP trainer in Bradford who is selected and appropriately trained to be responsible for the overall supervision and management of your educational progress during your placements. Your ES will also complete an ES report every 6 months. This is also an essential part of your WPBA.

Training Programme Director (TPD) advisor – Your allocated TPD advisor is there to support you in a pastoral role. TPD advisors can support you in any personal challenges you may encounter during your training whatever these may be. TPDs can liase with your CS and ES (should you wish) in supporting you. TPDs also run the local ARCP process (don’t worry we will cover this at induction).

TPDs are postgraduate teachers and educational managers, working within the framework of the GP School, and in accordance with the policies set by the Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education and the Postgraduate Dean

The General Practice Specialist Training Programme Director is a postgraduate teacher and educational manager, working within the framework of the GP School, and in accordance with the policies set by the Director of Postgraduate General Practice Education and the Postgraduate Dean. The principal task of the TPD is to support your professional development, manage your progression and placements, encourage your autonomy and to aide you in the development of a holistic approach to patient management.

4. Check you indemnity

In GP and Hospital posts, you are covered for medical negligence by the clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST). However, this does not cover you for all professional activities and fitness to practice investigations. For your peace of mind we strongly recommend additional cover through membership of a recognised medical defence organisation (MDO) and inform them of your role and duties.

This is very very important. You should have had an email from the GMC highlighting the professional responsibility that you have to ensure you are indemnified for your full scope of practice as a doctor. As a reminder, their guidance on this is here.

HEE will reimburse you for costs incurred to indemnify yourself for work and activities related to GP training – in other words your GP training posts. Whilst in hospital posts you are covered by the clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST) and whilst in GP by the clinical negligence scheme for GPs (CNSGP). This cover relates to clinical negligence only and you should take advice from your medical defence organisation (MDO) about how to cover the full scope of your practice as a Doctor. Certain community and non-NHS placements, in hospices or public health for example, are not covered by CNST or CNSGP, so you should again take advice from your employer – who may have a policy already – and MDO to ensure you are fully indemnified. 

As a reminder, HEE will reimburse any indemnity costs you have personally paid in order to satisfy your full scope of practice, which are not otherwise covered by either the CNST or CNSGP. However, HEE will not reimburse indemnity for activities you undertake as a medical practitioner that do not relate to your GP training.

Instructions for submitting a claim for Indemnity reimbursement

You will need to purchase the indemnity cover in advance. You may then immediately claim reimbursement of your indemnity for the upcoming year, excluding costs covered under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) and cover provided by the Clinical Negligence Scheme for GPs (CNSGP).

In order to submit your claim please use the claim below. Please ensure that this is accompanied by your proof of purchase which must include details of specific costs for the duration of your placement. Claims must be emailed to with ‘GP Indemnity Claim’ somewhere in the subject title.


5. Get to know your peers

Getting to know your peers is an essential part of building your support network. The Bradford GP scheme is running a pilot buddy scheme where you will be offered support from your peers in the years ahead of you, whom you may find to be an invaluable resource for information from a trainee perspective. You will have an opportunity to meet some of your ST3 colleagues during the scheme induction via zoom. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions without any TPDs present so you can ask whatever you like.

The e-portfolio

We will be spending a lot of time talking about the eportfolio during induction and for the first few weeks of your training. The eportfolio is a key educational tool designed for you to log of your learning and training and will be used to make an assesmsent of your progress every year at your ARCP. The current eportfolio is being redesigned by fourteen fish. Make the eportfolio your best friend!

Bradford VTS

Bradford VTS – This is an amazing website and holds a wealth of information expressed in a simple and readable way.  There’s information about the whole MRCGP training pathway, resources to help you with the CSA and AKT exams and even more clinical/educational material under ‘Online Resources’.   We strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with this website.  Nearly everything about GP training is on there somewhere.  If you’re ever unsure of anything, check it out on here first.  It’s also an amazing educational resource for wider learning too. The site has been developed and is maintained by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Bradford GP Trainer and a former Training Programme Director for the Bradford GP Specialist Training Programme.

Yorkshire & Humber HEE General Practice pages