Enhanced GP training

NHSE working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) GP School is offering up to 12 GP trainees the opportunity to undertake additional study to develop their leadership and quality improvement skills, including access to a Postgraduate certificate (PG cert) in Health and Wellbeing.

The changing role of the GP, predicated by the increasing complexity of an ageing populations’ healthcare needs, the move to care closer to home and the role of the GP beyond the immediate advocacy of the patient to a commissioner of services has been reflected in the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGPs) Enhanced GP Specialty Training Programme with greater emphasis placed on: 

  • enhanced generalist skills
  • leadership skills
  • enhanced clinical skills
  • population health
  • academic writing skills
  • teaching skills

This opportunity will be available to trainees in the final year of their GP training programme.

To facilitate learning in the programme, trainees will have their ST3 year extended by an equivalent number of working days to reflect the additional study leave provision (28 working days). Through the provision of additional formal study days and opportunities to develop their professional skills in a personalised timetable of activities.

Trainees will be required to demonstrate their leadership skills by undertaking a Quality Improvement Project and develop their academic skills. Up to four-months additional time in training is available to participants, and a minimum of six-weeks full time will be required to replace the additional study leave. This will be discussed on an individual basis. 

The academic part of the enhanced programme will be delivered by Canterbury Christ Church University in association with NHSE KSS GP School. 

Applying for enhanced GP training

If you can see ways in which primary care could improve and see yourself as a potential leader of the future, this opportunity could be for you. 

Arrangements for participants will be organised on an individual basis, following a discussion with the Head of GP School, depending on their particular interests.


Dr Liz Norris, Head of GP School