Half & Whole Day Release Teaching

GP Teaching

  • Venue: From August 2021 we will be using a hybrid system. Teaching sessions will be a mixture of face-to-face and virtual. Please check your email and the programme below on a weekly basis. Virtual teaching will take place on Zoom and face-to-face teaching will either be in the Medical Education Centre at York Hospital or at the Community Stadium near Monks Cross.
  • Half Day Release (HDR): Wednesday afternoon 2pm – 5pm
  • Whole Day Release (WDR): Second Wednesday of each month 9am – 5pm
  • LTFT Working: Trainees working in secondary care should attend every WDR session. It is more complicated for trainees in primary care. No system is perfect. We suggest you look at the programme and choose which sessions work best for you and then let your CS and Beth know which sessions you plan to attend. Work this out every six months so you attend a pro-rata number of sessions depending on how much you are working.

Who should attend what?

Effective from 3rd November 2021:

ST1,ST2 & ST3 in GP, including ITPs
– Attend HDR every Wednesday
– No WDR

ST1/ST2 in Hospital
– Attend WDR on the second Wednesday of the month

Please see programme below.

York GP Teaching Programme August 2022 – August 2023

HDR – Half Day Release

Half Day Release teaching is divided into two parts: PEAS Groups and a structured teaching session.

PEAS groups (Peer Education And Support) 14.00- 14.45

Trainees discuss any issues that have arisen each week in small groups. It’s a safe space to explore problems, gather the opinions of colleagues and receive their support. They are really valued by trainees. A Training Programme Director, trainer or intending trainer often joins the group to share their experiences.

Structured Teaching 15.00-16.30

A more structured teaching session will allow us to explore important areas of General Practice. Teaching will be interactive and include a range of teaching methods.

WDR – Whole Day Release

All GP trainees will attend whole day teaching on the second Wednesday of each month.

The programme aims to improve knowledge and skills and will roll over three years, focusing on one area of the GP Curriculum each month. Experts in each area, supported by GP trainers, will deliver the teaching, and will provide a mixture of presentations, small group and case-based teaching. The morning session will focus on experts sharing their knowledge and skills. The afternoon session will be thinking about how to apply what has been learnt in the morning session in Primary Care.

Aims of GP Teaching sessions

  • Inspire trainees and prepare them for life in General Practice
  • Complement the GP curriculum
  • Explore a diverse range of topics that are difficult to cover in tutorials or Work Placed Base Assessment
  • Challenge and broaden thinking
  • Introduce new concepts
  • Discuss different ways of working
  • Be practical, considering the patients and resources available locally
  • Help GPs prepare for the Applied Knowledge Test & Clinical Skills Assessment exams
  • Share the wisdom and experience of trainers on the Scheme
  • Be flexible and include topical issues
  • Support trainees and focus on their wellbeing
  • Improve trainee’s presentation skills

Reflection and Evaluation

We would encourage you to make a reflective learning log entry after every GP Teaching session, actively thinking about the session helps to reinforce the learning and may identify things you need to check again or read up on.

The Training Programme Directors welcome feedback at any stage, in person or by e-mail. Please give this some genuine thought so that we can enhance the future development of our teaching. If you feel something was good or bad, please tell us specifically what made it that way. We want to adhere to models of good practice and change those that don’t.