About Our Training Programme
The Doncaster GP Training Scheme is known for its innovative training programme, GP training in Doncaster has been going since the 1970s when training was in its infancy and seen as an unnecessary ‘fad’. Since then we have advanced in leaps and bounds, increasing from 10 trainees in the late 1980s to over 60 now and over 80 in August 2020. We are combining schemes with the Clumber scheme from August 2021. This will not change how we do things much or the posts, but we will gain 30 more trainees and another Program Director.
Specialties we cover
- General Practice – Obviously!
- General Medicine
- Pallaitive Care
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Care of the Elderly
- Genitourinary Medicine
- Accident and Emergency
- 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:
- Case Discussion
- Appraisal [yearly]
- Discussions about application of guidelines
- ‘Hot’ topics
- Special ‘Expert’ Sessions
- Question Time
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:
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.
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.