Welcome to the Derby GP training scheme. The GP training scheme is an inclusive, friendly and supportive program for GP trainees and GP trainers.

Are you interested in the Derby Training Programme?

It you’re thinking seriously about a career in general practice – you could be about to make the best decision in your professional life since going to medical school.

General practice, without a doubt, gives you the broadest clinical opportunities of all the possible medical careers – the widest scope both to do good for your patients and to feed and satisfy your intellectual curiosity about their problems and diseases.

The Derby GP Specialty Training Programme is a well-established, friendly and innovative training scheme. The scheme has now been in existence for over 30 years. The Derby training programme continues to attract high quality candidates, producing excellent principals at the end of the three-year period. And the opportunities don’t stop at the end of your training. Many of our trainees continue to practice in Derby and southern Derbyshire after their training, with a high proportion joining us as Trainers.

Graduates of the programme have had a very high rate of success. These impressive results are due to the efforts, not only of the GP Registrars, but also those of a very dedicated and enthusiastic team of Programme Directors, Trainers and Administrators.

The Placements

We have close relationships with the consultants and GPs in the area which enables us to ensure that all trainees receive the best experience for the duration of the programme.

The majority of hospital posts are based in the University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, at the Royal Derby Hospital with some at linked Nottingham hospitals. Our team make every effort to personally match your hospital posts with your previous experience. We aim to provide a flexible approach, so in some cases alternatives may be possible.

Training practices linked to the programme vary from urban to suburban to rural locations. All offer a very high standard of training and support, offering trainees the very best opportunity to develop into to confident and competent GPs.

Those trainees who are not due to undertake a Paediatrics post during the GP Specialty Training programme, due to there being insufficient 4 month posts for all trainees, will be offered an Innovative Training Post in Paediatrics in their ST2 year.

Whilst we are unable to offer Dermatology posts, there is the opportunity to observe with the Dermatology Department at London Road Community Hospital during your ST3 year.


Derby is a vibrant and attractive University City, less than 20 miles from some the most beautiful countryside in Great Britain. It is the UK’s most central city with a wealth of things to do. The excellent road, rail and air links mean that London is only 1.5 hours away by train, Manchester is less than 2 hours by car and East Midlands Airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre. Find out more about Derby and the surrounding area here.

Derbyshire and the City of Derby have diverse health challenges. Current priorities for the NHS in Derby and Derbyshire include reducing the prevalence of smoking, improving diabetic control, obesity management, improving mental health, reducing infant mortality and improving sexual health.

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Banner Image: Countryside at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire. Author Michael Maggs