GPST Training

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HDRC Attendance

Click here to view Information about Attendance at Half Day Release Course

Please note:

We are gradually returning to more Face to Face teaching again as restrictions are eased. Please be aware that rules around wearing face masks in the hospital and The Academy are still subject to change at short notice. Please check the latest guidelines before coming into the Academy for a teaching event

Medical Indemnity Cover

Unless you have ‘opted out’ of the central Severn Deanery MDDUS cover (previously provided by MDU), then there is no necessity to have additional cover for your GP placement. If you have ‘opted out’ you will personally have to set up and pay for appropriate medical indemnity with an alternative provider before you commence general practice placements.

Visiting your Training Practice

You will experience a great deal of benefit from visiting your training practice to see your educational supervisor, ie Trainer. It helps you to make your learning from your hospital posts much more relevant and introduce you to general practice. 

Some GP Doctors in Training in the past have found difficulty arranging these visits because they have left it to the last minute. It is extremely helpful to your departments and the practice if you plan your visits well in advance and put in for study leave early. 

We recommend planning your training practice visits as 1 day every 2 months rather than ½ day per month as this seems to be easier to arrange on both sides.

TPD Mentors & Patch Tutorials

Each Doctor in Training (DiT) will be allocated a TPD as their mentor when they join the programme. TPD Mentor will facilitate your monthly ‘Patch Tutorial’ teaching sessions which take place on the first Wednesday of each month for DiTs in a GP Placement. TPD mentors will provide pastoral support if required.  Contact them in person or via email to notify about any issues of significance which may impact upon your GP training.

TPDs will meet with DiTs new to the programme and at other times during training, eg. when a DiT needs additional support

TPDs will not routinely check your ePortfolio but if a problem arises then this may well be entered on your ePortfolio in the educators notes.

The TPDs may enter in the educators notes if your portfolio is found to be underpopulated at any stage of your training.  Therefore it is important that you share your encounters soon after writing them, (do not save them up as this causes workload issues for your ES and is generally not helpful.)

Other issues noted during the Patch Tutorials, for instance arriving late or not preparing a talk when scheduled to do so would represent a professionalism issue and may be entered in your portfolio.

UUSC (previously OOH)

The current information and advice from the Deanery on all things UUSC can be found HERE

The Deanery UUSC FAQs and links to the Passport template and Session log can be found HERE

  • The criteria for UUSC evidence required for ARCP has changed and has moved away from counting the number of hours worked OOH, to an approach that looks at the number of competencies trainees have reached whilst working in a variety of OOH locations
  • As a result, Doctors in Training (DiTs) are no longer required to count a minimum number of hours spent doing OOH work
  • DiTs now have to evidence UUSC experience and learning. Severn Deanery recommends that trainees use the UUSC Passport to record their UUSC learning and evidence
  • DiTs should receive an induction prior to commencing UUSC
  • DiTs are required to fill out an ‘UUSC session log’ sheet for each session as well as recording each session within the UUSC Passport

Currently UUSC sessions are booked via Medvivo – contact them directly on or