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 2023 include:

 Aug 23Feb 24Aug 24Feb 25Aug 25
1  Paeds 6763GP Mark O’Brien – Elizabeth Ave Practice  O+G 6760GP ITP Kings Fund 30014 Ed Cairns – Grand UnionChloe Hillman – Chiswick Health
2  GP ITP Population Health – 20155 Nicola Thompson – North End MedicalPsych Claybrook 6762GP Mark O’Brien – Elizabeth Ave PracticeStroke Med 6758Sneha Bhatt – Brook Green Medical Centre
3  A+E 7143GP ITP Academic 20144 Dr Gabby Muallem Grove Park SurgeryPaeds 6761GP Chloe Hillman – Chiswick HealthGP Louise Cavanagh – Park Medical
4  GP Louise Cavanagh – Park MedicalO+G 6769GP ITP Med Ed 20145 Noorez Hirani – Richford Gate  Psych W Mid 6767Alison Lambotharan (Newton Medical)
5  O+G 6769GP Niamh McLaughlin – Millbank SurgeryPsych Old Age Ealing 6768GP ITP Academic 20144 Noorez Hirani – Richford GateAdrian Raby – Abingdon Practice
6  GP ITP Academic 20135 Gabby Muallem Grove Park SurgeryElderly Rehab 7002GP Adrian Raby – Abingdon PracticePaeds 6763Ed Cairns – Grand Union
7  Paeds 6771GP ITP Kings Fund 30014 Nicola Thompson – North End MedicalPsych W Mid 6767GP Tom Mtandabari – Marylebone Health CentreStephanie Bihoreau – Queenswalk Practice
8  GP Alison Lambotharan (Newton Medical)Stroke Med 6759GP ITP Child Health 20125 Niamh McLaughlin – Millbank SurgeryO+G 6760Mark O’Brien – Elizabeth Ave Practice
9 ACF  Stroke Med 6759GP Ed Cairns – Grand Union  Public Health 6830GP ITP Child Health 20125 Nicola Thompson – North End MedicalPritpal Ruprai – Hammersmith Surgery
10  GP ITP Med Ed 20145   Dr Clara Joseph – Grand UnionPaeds 6771GP Chloe Hillman – Chiswick HealthA+E 7143Noorez Hirani – Richford Gate
11 ACFPsych Old Age Ealing 6768GP ITP Population Health – 20155 Louise Cavanagh – Park MedicalElderly Med 6993GP Stephanie Bihoreau – Queenswalk PracticeTom Mtandabari – Marylebone Health Centre
12  GP Pritpal Ruprai – Hammersmith surgeryStroke Med 6758GP ITP Academic 20135 Rob McLaren _ Park MedicalPaeds 6761Yasmin Razak – Golborne Medical

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