Overview Training Programme

The Wigan GPSTP aims to provide you with a breadth and quality of experience and education that will help you to become a proficient general practitioner.

We are able to offer a variety of training tracks within the Wigan Vocational Training Scheme to meet your educational needs including. These are all standard three year GPST training tracks which consists of:

Two or three hospital based training posts chosen from

  • Aute medicine/care of the elderly
  • Acute medicine/rheumatology
  • Obstetrics and gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Accident and emergency
  • Orthopaedics and musculoskeletal; and
  • Psychiatry

One or two six-month GP+ post based in general practice with in-reach into a specific specialty. You spend 60% of your time in general practice and 40% of your time working within your linked speciality.  During your GP+ we run a nine session consultation skills course in addition to you attending the ST2 GP Structured Teaching Programme.  Examples of the posts available are:

  • GP+ paediatrics
  • GP+ obstetrics and gynaecology
  • GP+ psychiatry
  • GP+ dermatology
  • GP+ ophthalmology
  • GP+ ENT

A GP Registrar year in a local training practice.

There is regular formal (protected) GP orientated teaching throughout 

your three year training programme (GP Structured Teaching Programme), and during your hospital posts you will also get formal specialty based teaching appropriate to the specialty you are doing. During your training programme you have a GP educational supervisor and are linked to a training practice. During your hospital and GP+ posts you will have regular study leave based at your training practice so you can get to know your educational supervisor (GP trainer) and training practice. While working in hospital your GP based study leave also allows you to put your hospital based learning into context and reflect on what areas you need to focus on learning about from your hospital posts.