There are three excellent schemes in this area located in: 

  • Hereford 
  • North Worcestershire 
  • South Worcestershire

  West Midlands GP Training  based on GMC National Training Survey 
Area Overall SatisfactionNational Average
Hereford and Worcester
89.75%
89.76%
Birmingham and Solihull
88.77%
Black Country 87.52%
Shropshire and Staffs
86.92%
Coventry and Warwick
84.62%

New Pilot

"The best place to learn to be a GP is in General Practice"

New Programme - "In-Contact GP training"

We are piloting some new innovative GP training placements this year in Hereford and Worcestershire. The programme will allow to experience two in depth  attachments to  local GP surgeries. This will include an attachment to a GP practice throughout ST1 and ST2 to enable you to focus on your goal of becoming a GP. During the rotations in the first two years you will spend one day a week in the practice during your 3 x 6 month blocks in the hospital , to keep you firmly rooted in your chosen career speciality and one block of 6 months in General Practice in your ST2 year. You will then move to a second practice for you ST3 year

Experience Training in Herefordshire

Herefordshire VTS offers 

  • three six month hospital training posts at Hereford County Hospital plus 18 months in General Practice (of which six months is spent in a city training practice and 12 months in a rural training practice or vice versa) 
  • experienced trainers working from attractive premises in Hereford City, the market towns of Bromyard, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye and more rural village locations in the county 
  • a well-resourced PGMC on the Hereford County Hospital site, where you will find our friendly, helpful administrators and where the HDR (half day release) educational programme is run each Thursday, 2-5pm, during term time 
  • three experienced Training Programme Directors who value you as an individual and will deliver a relevant, interesting and learner-led educational programme 
  • excellent employment opportunities locally post-CCT

Herefordshire is a beautiful rural county and lies on the border with mid-Wales. It is within an hour of Birmingham and the motorway networks. At its centre is the cathedral city of Hereford, on the banks of the River Wye, and the five market towns of Ledbury, Bromyard, Leominster, Kington and Ross-on-Wye surround it. There is a wealth of distinctive villages set in unspoilt countryside and each community offers sporting, cultural, gastronomic and social activities to suit every taste.

Key Contacts

The 3 TPDs, who are all local GPs, are:

The ST1 year 

is spent at Hereford County Hospital which is in Hereford City. This comprises of two, six month posts in specialities such as Age Care, A&E, Paediatrics, O&G and Acute Medicine. These posts will be incorporated into the pilot ”In contact GP training scheme”  with weekly day release to your GP practice

The ST2 year 

comprises six months in a hospital post  incorporating the pilot “In Contact GP training” and six months in a GP Training Practice

The ST3 year 

is spent in a single different GP Training Practice. We try to give you a taste of both rural and city practices during your time in Herefordshire

The Teaching Programme

We run 3 x 8 week terms:

  •   Autumn Term- Sep-Nov

  •   Spring Term- Feb-April

  •   Summer Term- May-July

We commence each Autumn Term with a two day residential course near Ross-on-Wye. This is to welcome new starters, facilitate socialising within the whole group and provide an introduction to the academic year.

The Teaching Programme includes CSA practise days (one of our TPDs is a RCGP Examiner), special interest education days (e.g. Veterans Health Study Day, Substance Misuse Study Day, Teenage Health Problems) and learner-led educational sessions, which are both determined and led by our trainees.

We provide local support for MRCGP assessments through

  •   CSA Training Days delivered by our TPDs and GP Trainers and led by Dr Philip Clayton, who is an RCGP Examiner

  •   experienced Educational Supervisors

  •   responsive and supportive TPDs

  •   our teaching programme, which will prepare you well for your future role as a GP

There are academic opportunities to study for an intercalated Masters Degree at the Primary Care Institute of Health and Society, University of Worcester.

Career prospects in Herefordshire post-CCT are excellent in whatever capacity you want to work (partner, salaried, retainer or sessional doctor) and with the flexibility to move between these roles.

The quality of life for families in Herefordshire is second to none, with excellent primary and secondary level education readily available in both the state and private sector.

Want to know more?

Please contact any one of the TPDs above via e-mail and we can put you in touch with current trainees or AIT Leads.

Alternatively, get in touch with Anna.Turner@wvt.nhs.uk who is VTS Admin Lead at the PGMC, Hereford County Hospital.

We welcome exploratory visits to Herefordshire and our scheme. Come along and sit in on one of our VTS sessions for a taster or allow us to arrange a taster session in General Practice for you. You will be most welcome. 

Additional New Scheme


The GP trainee Medical Reservist Scheme in Herefordshire


Want to use your skills in a challenging environment ? Do you want to be a reservist and train to be a GP? Herefordshire is an ideal location to come and combine your GP training with learning to be a reservist. We have created strong links with the army reservists and the local field hospital to set up this scheme. The Scheme and the hospital will support your training. The scheme recognises that the GP trainee reservist require 27 additional days in each calendar year for reservist training. Over 3 years this would mean their training scheme would be lengthened by 3 x 27 days i.e. 81 days 




http://www.army.mod.uk/medical-services/29906.aspx

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-reserves-a-quick-guide/armed-forces-reserves-a-quick-guide

Some of the benefits of joining the Reserves are:

•paid for your time and a tax free bounty

•pension

•training and qualifications

•sports and adventure training

•overseas travel

•armed forces railcard


The training, skills and experiences gained in the Reserves can be used to improve performance in the workplace and can enhance skills in areas such as leadership, team work, communication and

decision making often in challenging situations and environments.

 

What is it like working as a doctor in the Reserves?

 

Life won't be dull. As a Reservist you will receive financial support if you are mobilised, access to varied work environments and as mentioned opportunities for travel and adventurous training.

YOUR LIFE AS A RESERVIST


"Being an Army Reservist has made me more confident and fitter, it has opened up so many opportunities and I have made some really good friends"

 

For further information regarding the Herefordshire Reservists Scheme please contact:

Dr Fiona Kameen:  GP Area Director Hereford and Worcestershire fiona.kameen@hee.nhs.uk

Dr Jenny Barnes: TPD Hereford  Jenny.Barnes@nhs.net

202HOSP-RHQ-ROSO@mod.uk  0121 483 4305 and 202HOSP-RHQ-ROSWO@mod.uk  0121 483 4326 (they can then signpost to other units within the Hereford area)

 

Experience Training in North Worcestershire 

North Worcestershire offers:

  •   A relaxed atmosphere and an educational process that values you individually and as a member of the group

  •   Two well equipped and resourced Postgraduate Medical Centres with full library and IT facilities

  •   A philosophy of lifelong learning preparing you for your future career as a General Practitioner

Brief attractions of living and working in the area

North Worcestershire is in a perfect location, nestled between the cosmopolitan city of Birmingham to the north, and the historic cities of Worcester to the south and Stratford and Warwick to the west. It is also only a short drive to the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds.

There is an excellent road network, with easy access to the motorway system. We are lucky to have excellent schools in Worcestershire, as well as not being far from Birmingham or Warwickshire.

To find out more information about living and working North Worcestershire please contact either Anil Joshi aniljoshi@northworcstrainers.co.uk or Pam Smith pamela.smith12@nhs.net Training Programme Directors.

ST1

The majority of our clinical posts are at either at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and some are at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch. ST1 rotation consists of 2 x 6 months posts based in a variety of specialities and include paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, accident and emergency medicine, general medicine, psychiatry, orthopaedics and where ever possible are chosen to complement your foundation experience.  These posts will be incorporated into the pilot ”In contact GP training scheme” with weekly day release to your GP practice 

ST2

This year consists of two further six months posts one based in General practice and one final in a  pilot ”In contact GP training” post in hospital. 

ST3

ST3s spend the 12 months with the support of well-established and skilled GP Trainers across the county. We consider our Training Practices to be amongst some of the most supportive (In the words of our Registrars). 

The training practices are spread across the North of Worcestershire in a variety of urban, semi- rural and rural settings, spread from Cleobury Mortimer in the North West corner to Studley in the east and Bewdley in the south west, but most are centred in Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Redditch. 

The teaching programme 

During term time the half-day release occurs on Thursday afternoons, alternating between the Post Graduate Education Centres of Kidderminster Hospital and The Alexander Hospital, Redditch. 

The half-day release timetable is set according to the learning needs of the group and there is always adequate time for networking over coffee and for sampling the cakes and other such delicacies that are brought in by the group. 

Outside of term times the group is divided into smaller cluster groups and meet at the training practices for self-directed learning or learning facilitated by the trainer. We also hold an annual residential, and have various other whole day events when we meet. 

Our objectives are to engender a habit of lifelong learning, to achieve examination success and to help you to become a well-rounded and successful doctor, in preparation for an inspiring career in general practice. 

If we can achieve this while having fun, then we would consider that success indeed. We have embraced social media and we have a Twitter feed and also a closed Facebook page which allows quick queries to be answered by any on the scheme. 

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/NorthWorcsVTS 

 All term dates and topics are listed on the website http://www.northworcestershirevts.co.uk 

Local support for MRCGP assessments

Enviable results for MRCGP and DRCOG. We run regular CSA preparation courses which all our Registrars have found very helpful. These are facilitated by one of the TPD’s utilising real CSA Examiners.

Academic and other opportunities in North Worcestershire

Opportunities to take part in Primary Care Research.

Career prospects as a GP in North Worcestershire

Great career prospects with many Registrars remaining in the area in either a salaried capacity or as a Partner.

Want to find out more?

Contact a current GP trainee. Danielle Harrison is one of the Trainee Reps and would be happy to tell you more about the scheme.

We have a number of Ambassadors that are happy to speak to any prospective GP about the scheme and working and living in North Worcestershire. Feel free to contact one of the Training Programme Directors for further information.

Experience training in South Worcestershire

We meet for three terms of eight sessions, usually at the Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcester Royal Hospital.

We traditionally start the autumn term with a two day event which is an opportunity to meet with your peers as well as develop skills in learning that will be very beneficial to your progress. We cover a range of clinical knowledge, communication skills and personal development during the two days. It is widely regarded as a highlight of the year and a great chance to refresh, rejuvenate and gaol set for the year ahead.

We also run modular days. Recently we enjoyed an innovative inter-professional Learning session with Pharmacists and GP trainees collaborating and learning together about dementia. We often start our year with a traditional Study day consisting of Lectures covering GP Hot topics.

The Educational programme is comprehensive and delivered by the Training Programme Directors and trainees. The course is interactive, and focuses on the core skills for General Practice. The purpose of the course is to help you learn about general practice, to learn about how you learn and to provide each other with peer support. We aim to help participants improve their emotional and intellectual understanding of all aspects of whole-person medicine and how to practice it.

The format of the course is based on small group learning. We encourage each group to identify its learning needs and think of ways of addressing them and together we produce our course. We have high quality and enthusiastic GP trainers who provide outstanding educational supervision throughout the 3 year rotations.

“I have had a great three years doing my GP training in South Worcestershire. The VTS has provided me with good support and education relevant to training. I have also made lifelong friends through the scheme. Worcestershire is also a great place to live with plenty of opportunities outside of medicine” Trainees feedback - Summer 2015

“Overall a great three years of training, by the end I feel equipped to develop more as a fully fledged GP” - Trainees feedback - Summer 2015

Worcester VTS Scheme Philosophy

To enable qualified doctors to enjoy General Practice by:

  • Developing clinical and communication skills that reflect a personal approach to patients

  • Being sensitive to the social, political and ethical context within which medicine is practised

  • Understanding the role of the GP in the primary health care team and in society

  • Using the hospital specialities to gain expertise that will be relevant to general practice

  • Knowing how to look after themselves and their own needs

  • Being able to work within teams; understanding their managerial, administrative and personal functions

  • Practising within the guidelines set out by the GMC While at the same time:

  • Taking responsibility for their own personal development and learning.

  • Being challenged and academically stimulated.

Brief attractions of living and working in the area

South Worcestershire is renowned for its exceptionally high quality of life. As a growing University City with exceptional transport networks situated on the commuter belt for both Birmingham and London, we are lucky enough to enjoy both the Great Outdoors and City highlife alike.We have a thriving Arts and Culture scene with many local theatres and concert venues. For sports enthusiasts, Worcester boasts first class rugby and cricket teams with a plethora of sports clubs to join. Situated on the River Severn we have many water based sporting opportunities too. The social scene is varied with lots of great amenities. A high percentage of our trainees remain in the area to practice due to all this area has to offer.

Key Contacts

Training Programme Director: Peter Evans - Peter.evans3@nhs.net

ST1

The ST1 year is composed of two hospital Posts these may include Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, A&E, Palliative Care, Trauma and Orthopaedics, ENT, Public Health. These posts will be incorporated into the pilot ”In contact GP training scheme”  with weekly day release to your GP practice.

ST2

The ST2 year comprises of six months in a  pilot ”In contact GP training” Hospital post as above and six months in General Practice. 

ST3

ST3 year is based in General Practice.

The teaching programme

We run three terms starting in September, February and April and cover the GP curriculum over the three years.

Local support for MRCGP assessments

We run an annual highly regarded CSA exam preparation course with experienced RCGP examiners. We have additional exam focused preparation into the teaching throughout the year. We encourage and support trainees in forming AKT and CSA study groups.

Career prospects as a GP in South Worcestershire

Excellent Career prospects exist in the area for both Aspiring GPs and their partners.

Want to find out more?

Please contact Peter Evans who will put you in contact with some of our Ambassadors for the scheme.

Follow: Catherine Kelly on Twitter @CKellyGP