Information for Trainees

Information for Trainees

Hospital placements

In your first two years of training (ST1 and ST2) you’ll complete two six-month specialty placements at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Each hospital placement is designed to help you build transferable knowledge and skills that are relevant to general practice.

Example posts from August 2024 include:

 August 24Feb 25August 25Feb 26Aug 26  
1  GP – Grand Union Health CentreElderly Med 6993ITP Kings Fund 30014 – Brook Green Medical CentrePaeds 6761GP ST3 North End Medical Centre
2  Paeds 6771GP Bush DoctorsPsych W Mid 6767ITP Academic Primary Care 20135 – Millbank Surgery  GP ST3 Grand Union Health Centre
3  ITP Population Health + Health Inequalities -Grove Park SurgeryPsych Claybrook 6762GP – Grand Union Health CentreEmergency Med 7143GP ST3 Parkview Practice
4  Stroke Med 6758ITP ITP Population Health + Health Inequalities – Park Medical CentrePaeds 6761GP – Brook Green Medical CentreGP ST3 Elizabeth Avenue
5  GP – North End Medical CentrePsych Old Age Ealing 6768ITP Child Health 20125 – Parkview PracticeStroke Med 6758GP ST3 Grand Union Health Centre
6  O+G 6769GP – Elizabeth Avenue PracticeStroke Med 6758ITP Child Health 20125 – Grand Union Health CentreGP ST3 North End Medical Centre
7  ITP Academic Primary Care 20144 – Cavendish Health  Stroke Med 6759GP – Redcliffe SurgeryO+G 6760GP ST3 Grand Union Health Centre
8  Psych Claybrook 6762ITP Academic Primary Care 20135 – Newton MedicalElderly Rehab 7002GP – North End Medical CentreGP ST3 Cavendish Health
9  GP – Queenswalk PracticeO+G 6769ITP Academic Primary Care 20144 – St Margarets PracticePaeds 6763GP ST3 Parkview Practice
10  Elderly Rehab 7002GP – Grove Park SurgeryPaeds 6763ITP Med Ed 20145 – Parkview PracticeGP ST3 St Margarets Practice
11  ITP Kings Fund 30014 – Hammersmith Surgery  Paeds 6771GP – Bush DoctorsPsych W Mid 6767GP ST3 Millbank Surgery
12 Stroke Med 6759ITP Med Ed 20145 – Cavendish HealthO+G 6760GP – Bush DoctorsGP ST3 Chiswick Health Centre

GP/Innovative Training Posts (ITP)

Each of our trainees undertake three GP attachments:

  • A 12-month ST3 attachment
  • A 6-month ST1/ST2 attachment
  • A 6- month ST1/ST2 GP ITP post

Our ITP post represents a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons in posts that are relevant and interesting. 

The weekly timetable for each of these ITP posts are:

  • 6 sessions in practice (5 clinical, 1 tutorial)
  • 1 session half-day teaching
  • 3 sessions in ITP specialty (4 sessions during breaks in term time)

Outlined below is a brief digested description of each post:

This post gives the trainee a unique opportunity to work with the Kings Fund. You will work with the team on one of the active projects evaluating and understanding current healthcare policy.

This could include looking at GP commissioning, service redesign, completion and choice etc.

There will also be the opportunity to attend prestigious events at the Kings Fund and to work with a dynamic team who have a direct impact on government policy.

This post would suit someone who is keen to understand the wider picture, engage with healthcare policy and has ambitions to shape the developing landscape. You will get to learn about research methodology and outcomes should include successful publication.

Learn more about their work at The Kings Fund.

This post is based in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London.

This department is a centre of excellence for Academic Primary care and Education. The trainee will have opportunities to get involved in Academic Primary Care, Undergraduate Teaching and Medical Writing. This would suit a trainee who would like to develop an interest in academic primary care and get some supported ‘hands-on’ experience of teaching. Outcomes should include successful publication.

The post is based at The South Kensington Campus of Imperial College London. The trainee will work on curriculum development, evaluation and teaching tool development and assessment (eg developing exam questions) as part of the team. This would suit a trainee who is interested in Undergraduate Education and further developing an interest in Medical Education.

The trainee in this post will spend six sessions in their GP practice and three sessions with a focus on Child Health. The focus for the Child Health work will include hands-on experience in Community Paediatrics and secondly project work looking at improving Child Health outcomes in your practice or local patch. Supervision for the Child Health component will be by the Paediatric Team at St Mary’s Hospital.

This is a standard 6 months post – working full time in General Practice with one of our attached GP practices.

Some trainees chose to use this six months to focus on core General Practice. As such the timetable is the same as a standard ST3 trainee:

• 8 sessions in GP (7 clinical, 1 tutorial)

• 1 session professional development

• 1 half-day session teaching

Please note if you are Less than Fulltime Training (LTFT) then current Deanery rules mean that you will be automatically placed in a stand-alone GP post.

The trainee working in this post will be working alongside the Diabetic leads for the local patch, learning more about the clinical management of Diabetes and working to improve local outcomes in Diabetic Care. This post would suit a trainee who is keen to further their knowledge in Diabetes and is interested in how we improve and develop local services in Primary Care.

The ITP component will be based in Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s strategy, research and innovation team working on a project linked to population health and health inequalities. Population health and health inequalities are growing priorities for the NHS and Imperial is leading the way in this agenda, working closely with NWL ICS and other local organisations to understand and impact the wider determinants of health for our patients, staff and local population. As part of a project team the trainee would contribute to a diverse range of outputs and gain experience across the population health and health inequalities portfolio.

Examples include:

● horizon scanning to understand best practice

● developing the evidence base through qualitative and quantitative research

● analysing and interpreting data and information gathered

● development of population health interventions and corresponding evaluation activities

● fostering relationships and building connections between local partner organisations

● writing up and presenting findings in different formats, including contributing to academic outputs and blogs

● influencing sector level policy.

General Practice Placement

In your third year (ST3) you’ll train within a hospital setting, an alternative primary care or community settings and a general practice setting. During the general practice placement you will focus on:

  • Developing consultation skills
  • Managing a range of primary care medical problems
  • Completing the clinical skills assessment and work-based programme component of the MRCGP

Examples of services provided by GP training practices in and around our area include:

  • Antenatal care
  • Asthma clinic
  • Baby clinic
  • Child health surveillance
  • Complementary therapy and palliative care
  • Counselling
  • Diabetic clinic
  • Family planning
  • Heart disease clinic
  • Hypertension clinic
  • Leg ulcer clinic
  • Minor surgery
  • Smoking cessation clinic
  • Women’s health