About us

About us

About Our Training Programme

The scheme is an amalmigation of the Doncaster and Clumber Park GP Training Schemes. These two training schemes have been well established for many years and have a wealth of excellent training practices from small single site practices to large multi-site practices, from urban to rural, from deprived communities to more well off. Whatever your cup of tea, we are likely to have something to suit you.

We can almost guarantee you plenty of laughs along the way and close team camaraderie with your fellow trainees – and even perhaps your trainer and the programme directors!

Specialties we cover

  • General Practice – Obviously!
  • Paediatrics
  • General Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Palliative Care
  • ENT
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Accident and Emergency
  • Dermatology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery

Learning Opportunities on our Programme

We offer a range of learning opportunities in different settings tailored around you, the adult learner. The programme includes our varied and interactive Half Day Release Course (HDRC).

Sessions are run at least 40 weeks per year, usually on Tuesday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm when study leave has been negotiated from both training practices and the hospital posts. At the end of the summer and Christmas terms we usually have an away-day and quiz session.

Unlike some schemes our Training directors are teaching most weeks although there are sessions led by trainees such as Hot Topic presentations.

We are based at the Education centre at Doncaster Royal Infirmary. A purpose built training centre for NHS staff with fully equipped rooms for larger and smaller groups. All rooms have internet access, with computers, TV monitors and screens. We also run sessions outside the course and have dedicated teaching for the AKT exam and especially the CSA exam for which we have devised our own cases for practice to use in small groups as well as two half day ‘Mock’ CSA exams held at the Football Stadium in Doncaster.

The sessions are usually in year groups apart from important large areas of the curriculum such as ethics

We try not to use didactic methods with many powerpoints but use these as an introdcution and then usually break into smaller groups

We base our sessions around three core areas:

The Knowledge

  • Reflection
  • Case Discussion
  • Appraisal [yearly]
  • Discussions about application of guidelines
  • ‘Hot’ topics
  • Special ‘Expert’ Sessions
  • Question Time
  • Debates

 We try and help cover some of the more inaccessible curriculum areas and develop your skills in self-discovery, self-critique and ‘new developments’ Updates to guidlelines and protocols, significant events etc. Tools used include:

The Consultation

 Consultation styles and their uses. We try and develop your consultation style and skills needed in todays consultations. We teach theory as well as using videos both prepared and trainees from actual practice. As well as role-play sessions, and preparation for the CSA exam using experienced examiners and professional actors.

The Practice

Often missed out in training, we use an innovative ‘Virtual Practice’ to showcase and develop learning on the running of a practice; from staff contracts and discipline, to finances and salaries, information management and government targets and incentives, as well as partnership agreements.

The aim is to use a backdrop of a working general practice to help develop knowledge needed to survive in the increasingly competitive world of primary care.

What Teaching Do We Cover?

EVERY year we have some core subjects that we cover; I’ve listed these below for you:-

    – Induction for New Starters

    – Mock AKT (hold this every year in September– before the October sitting of the AKT)

  – Teaching session on critical appraisal and evidence based learning– crucial to help you get some key marks in your AKT.

  – MOCK CSA (this is held jointly with Doncaster GP Training Programme– it takes place  twice a year– one session for ST3 registrars and another for ST2s)

  – MINI MOCK CSA for all GPRs (This gives ST1s a flavour of what to expect and in addition     provides ST2 and 3 registrars with an opportunity to learn)

  – CSA Revision Sessions (Held in September/ October) in anticipation of a first attempt at the CSA in October or November. This includes consultation and communication skills   training.

Photo Attribution
Lake and Church, Clumber Park by Andy Stephenson