Welcome to the Exeter and East Devon VTS for GPs

About Our Training Programme

The scheme is run by our educational team. The team includes the Exeter GP Trainers, whose role is largely one to one teaching in the practice, five Training Programme Directors and our Associate Dean. Together, we are responsible for delivering the educational programme to help our trainees to become GPs. The team is coordinated by Bethany Hookins, our GPST Administration Manager. We have an intake of approximately 30 trainees per year.

The overall training programme is directed centrally by Health Education England. Our deanery consistently receives some of the best feedback and exam pass rates in the country.

Please see the South West Peninsula Post Graduate Medical Education site for more information.

The Training Programme

The RILD Building on the RD&E Site

‚ÄčThe first year of the three year GP training programme is spent in hospital placements, which are generally 6 month posts. The second year is spent in community settings, which includes a General Practice placement placement and an Integrated Training Post.

The third year of your training will again be in one of our training practices. All our training practices offer high quality training and range in size from 3000 to 40,000 patients. We cover the area from Seaton and Honiton in the East, Tiverton and Crediton in the North, Okehampton and Chagford in the West and includes the inner city and rural practices of the Exeter district.

View an interactive map of our practices or the list of our practices.

Why would you want to train in Exeter?

As well as a wonderful GP training experience, Exeter is enviably positioned with access to the beautiful beaches, dramatic moorland, rolling countryside and a range of cultural opportunities.

Our coast is a dream for surfers, sailors, divers and anybody else who enjoys getting wet in or on the sea. With lots of schools and clubs there are lots of opportunities for complete beginners and for those preferring dry feet the entire coastline has a footpath around it offering 630 miles of exploring.

Exeter City Centre is thriving and growing.

There is a good theatre, cinemas, and the Phoenix and Corn Exchange are venues for touring bands and comedy shows.
The University of Exeter Medical School offers academic opportunities from research, postgraduate qualifications and the opportunity to do some teaching at one of the top universities in the country.

Photo Attribution
A panorama of the English city of Exeter taken from the roof of the north tower of the cathedral, Author Smalljim