Teaching Programmes

Clinical Update, Half Day Release and Cumberland Lodge Residentials

Education Overview

The Education Centre at RSCH is found opposite the West Wing (physiotherapy department). This is home to the medical education team and where study leave requests are handed in. On the first floor you will find the GP Training Manager: Donna Stevens.

This multi–disciplinary education facility has a lecture theatre and conference rooms and also accommodates the Library, Learning Resource Centre and Information Service which is open to all primary and acute staff working in South West Surrey. We also advocate health and well-being and have dedicated staff wellbeing cabin.

RSCH Library

The Education centre boasts 24 hour access to the library and its 11 networked PCs.

The RSCH library offers:

  • Wi-Fi as well as networked PCs
  • Seminar room available to book for group study
  • Good range of core textbooks available for loan
  • Fast and efficient inter-library loan service for items not held by the library
  • Access to a comprehensive range of full text ejournals and ebooks via Open Athens
  • Point of Care Tools: UpToDate Anywhere, BMJ Best Practice and Clinical Key
  • Helpful library staff available to assist Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
  • The library team provides full training in the effective use of medical databases, point of care tools and e-resources. 

For more information, please contact the librarian team direct via: or visit their website:

Your role as a Learner

The Modernisation of Medical Careers model of training adopts an adult learning approach.  You are responsible for your own learning within the programme with the support of key people as above.  You should ensure that you have regular meetings with your supervisors, that you maintain your ePortfolio, keep up to date with assessments as required and be signed off.  

ST1 and ST2 Teaching

Thursdays are the key educational day throughout GP training. In ST1 and ST2 trainees will have Integrated Training Posts (ITP) which are spent part time in General Practice and part-time in a Hospital Specialty. During these rotations, there will be group teaching at the Education Centre led by each trainee in turn, who will bring a case to discuss, and some learning that flows out of the case.

​A key component of teaching throughout GP training is the weekly Clinical Update (see below). There are also termly whole group teaching for ST1s and ST2s, for which study leave will need to be applied. These take place on certain Thursday mornings on a range of topics.

Trainees are encouraged to attend departmental teaching whilst in hospital posts.

GP Clinical Update

The GP Clinical Update is a major feature of the educational week at the Royal Surrey County Hospital’s Education Centre, for all Trainees and established GPs, to meet together on a Thursday 12:30-14:00pm and share learning.
This is bleep-free protected time and all trainees are expected to attend. In hospital posts, it has been agreed at faculty level that a colleague/senior will hold your bleep, even if this is the consultant.

The format for each session is for trainees at one practice to work together to present a topic from the GP Curriculum, with an emphasis on an interactive discussion rooted in primary care.

Visit the Events Page to find out what is on, or use the button for the programme overview.

Clinical Update 2023-2024

ST3 Half Day Release

The Half Day Release (HDR) helps trainees to develop the key skills essential for General Practice, but also provides a nurturing environment for trainees to support one another and learn from each other as the year progresses.​

The Half Day Release programme is an essential and valuable part of the ST3 year. On the course we aim to help ST3s develop the core skills and knowledge base that form the GP Curriculum. We also help the Registrars to prepare for all aspects of the MRCGP examination, and to make best use of the ePortfolio.

The course runs on a Thursday, for 30 weeks of the year, and dovetails with the Thursday lunchtime lectures and independent learning, usually in small study groups. A typical day of face-to-face teaching would be as follows:

09:00 – Coffee for a prompt start at 09:30
​09:30 – 12:00 HDR course
​12:30 – 14:00 GP Clinical Update
​14:00 – 17:00 Independent Learning / Study

The course is mandatory, and comprises half of the annual study leave requirement of 30 days for the ST3 year (counting as 30 half days). You are encouraged not to take annual leave or study leave during the course, as educational days missed during leave should comprise less than 20% of the course. 

We do need to keep trainers informed if their trainee fails to attend the course without notice, and so it is vital to let the Programme Directors know if you are planning to be absent. 

Please e-mail Donna Stevens at to advise of any absence.

Visit the Events Page to find out what is on, or use the button for the programme overview.

ST3 HDR 2023-2024

ST3 Residentials: Cumberland Lodge

There are two residential training session at Cumberland Lodge in the ST3 VTS Program. These are real highlights in the year, and a vital part of the course. Subjects are able to be covered in more depth in the beautiful, peaceful environment of high quality facilities in Windsor Great Park, and the sessions enable the training group to gel in a way that brings benefits to the entire training year.

The beautiful woodland setting of Windsor Great Park provides a delightfully tranquil place for learning

Cumberland Lodge is a beautiful 17th Century house that has been the home of some significant historical figures – including Sarah and John Churchill (the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, the ancestors of Winston Churchill – the Duke was one of the finest Generals in his generation, with several remarkable campaigns against Louis XIV of France). It acquired its current name during the time when the son of George II, the Duke of Cumberland, was resident – the infamous Butcher of Calloden when he put down the last Jacobite rebellion in 1746. For a building first built by Oliver Cromwell in 1652, it is ironic that its patron is the Queen, who has bequeathed it for “Discussions aimed at the betterment of society”, and it is this generous gift that allows it to be used so much for educational purposes.

The residentials are funded from the trainee study budgets and are subsidised by funds from the scheme.

GPST Faculty Group

The GPST Faculty Group’s remit is threefold: 

  • ensure that the local GPST programme is fit for purpose and in line with national GPST curriculum requirements
  • quality control the local GPST programme 
  • ensure that trainee progression is tracked, supported and audited.  Any educational concerns or targets for the trainees are shared between Clinical and Educational Supervisors through written or telephone communication and also with the GPST Faculty Group.

The Local GPST Faculty meets three times a year in November, March and June.  

GPST Group Representatives

Each trainee year group will elect a Group Representative to give feedback to the Faculty about the local programme.  At Guildford it has worked well when the GPST Representative has continued the role throughout their three training years.  This enables the group to remember who the Representatives are and enables the Representatives to learn how to do the role most effectively.

The role of the GPST Year Group Representative is a key part of the feedback process.  They gather feedback about the local programme and present this at the thrice yearly meetings of the Local GPST Faculty Group.  The feedback loop must be closed as relevant information and responses from the Local Faculty Group needs to go back to the cohort.  This is the responsibility of the GPST Trainee Representative.  If the Representative is unable to attend the meeting, they must organise a deputy to take their place.