About our GP Training Scheme
The York GP Training Scheme was established in 1971 and was one of the first GP Training Schemes in the UK. In recent years our scheme has expanded, we currently support over 80 trainees. Everyone involved with the York Scheme is enthusiastic about teaching, education and pastoral support, and committed to offering doctors the best possible experience of GP Training.
The GPST Team are organised, approachable and actively support every trainee to ensuring they have a positive experience of GP Training. To enable this we have established excellent working relationships across primary and secondary care, which has resulted in trainees being able to attend GP Teaching and feel well supported in post.
York GP Training Scheme has a long tradition of great education, innovation and a high exam pass rate. Trainees tell us the GP Teaching we offer is useful and we are quick to respond to feedback. Our GP teaching is focused on helping trainees become competent and confident GPs, and pass their AKT and CSA. We use and value traditional teaching methods but are also keen to broaden our trainees learning experience though more novel and stimulating ways to learn.
The GPST Team
The York Scheme is run by four Training Programme Directors, Nicola Gill, Clare McLure, Chris Hirst and Paula Evans who are employed by Health Education England to support the scheme. Each trainee has a named TPD who they can contact for support and advice.
The team are supported by administrators and senior colleagues at Health Education England.
GP Training takes place in 16 practices, supported by over 30 GP Trainers. The scheme is centred on York but stretches North into the moors to the market town of Kirkbymoorside, South to Selby, East to Malton and West to Green Hammerton.
GP practices vary in size, location and style of working. Every trainee will be allocated 3 six-month GP Posts. This enables each trainee have a broader experience of General Practice.
Innovative Training Posts
The York GP Scheme now has 16 six-month Innovative Training Posts to offer, which started in August 2020. These posts are split 50% between a hospital or community specialties and general practice.
The aim of the posts is to provide training that is more relevant to becoming a GP and more time during training in a GP post. We aim for every trainee commencing training after August 2020 to undertake one ITP post.
Secondary Care Posts
- 6 in A+E
- 6 in Elderly Medicine
- 3 in General Medicine (one split with dermatology)
- 3 in Paediatrics
- 3 in ENT
- 4 in Psychiatry
- 1 at the Hospice
The majority of secondary care posts are based at York Hospital which opened in February 1977. It is a general hospital of 802 beds, serving a population of about 268,800, covering an area of approximately 400 square miles, with well over half the population being concentrated in and around the City of York.
Psychiatry trainees are employed by Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and are based in the community at a variety of locations around York; Foss Park Hospital, Huntington House & Acomb Gables.
The hospice post is at St Leonard’s Hospice in York.