About Your Training

What your training will look like…

When you join the VTS you will enter a 3-year programme (ST1, 2 and 3). This involves a selection of hospital posts and a 6 month GP placement during the ST1 & 2 years. Posts are usually 4 or 6 months in length. The ST3 year is in a single GP placement.

For your first 2 years you will be allocated an Educational Supervisor (ES) who will be based in the practice where you will spend the GP component of ST1 or 2.

In your final year your Educational Supervisor will be your trainer (the GP overseeing you in your practice placement).

Educational Supervisors monitor your progress via your e-portfolio and see you every 6 months for an ES review – a meeting where your progress is considered. At these meetings your ES is able to request an ARCP (Annual Review of Competency Progression) panel review if they have any concerns regarding your progress.

During hospital posts, you will also have a clinical supervisor. This is the consultant overseeing you.

Clinical Supervisors (CS) will oversee your placements on a day-to-day basis, and complete and an end of post report (clinical supervisors report- CSR) documenting your progress.

Derriford Hospital is home to most of our hospital posts, however our community-based posts are managed by Livewell Southwest and based at locations across the city.

Healthcare of the Elderly in the Community posts are based at Mount Gould Hospital.

Our Palliative Care post is based at St Luke’s Hospice.

Listen to 2019 ST1, Malik, talk about his experiences working at St Lukes

Psychiatry posts will be based in community mental health teams.

Within the first month of joining the scheme, you should know who your ES is. If not, please contact the team. You should make contact with your ES and arrange to meet shortly after starting on the scheme. Likewise for any new post you should know who your named CS is before or shortly after starting.