Doctors in postgraduate GP speciality training (GPST) complete up to 24 months in general practice (GP) in their 36 month GP training programme. ITPs may be undertaken in the first two years of GP specialty training, and are based in a general practice with additional curricular educational experience in another specialty. They are usually spent working 1 to 3 days per week within a specialty in 4 month blocks. This maybe a placement in an acute trust, community trust, community clinic, or other primary care environment.
There are a wide variety of posts in the hospital placements including:
- palliative care
- general medicine (sometimes with emphasis on managing common conditions such as cardiac and endocrine)
- care of the elderly (including a combined orthopaedic and geriatric post)
- a wide variety of psychiatry posts
- obstetrics and gynaecology
- ear, nose and throat (ENT)
Clinical leadership in commissioning (CLIC) posts
The Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) GP School offers some highly innovative placements in healthcare management in several GP Training Programmes across the region. The placements were developed in Kent, and are hugely popular with GP trainees, who value the insight into the NHS system, and how they can contribute to quality improvement in a meaningful way.
CLIC posts give an excellent opportunity for GP trainees to have exposure to and learn about healthcare management and commissioning, primary care service structure, epidemiology and research and management in primary care (amongst many other areas).
We have worked hard with other areas of HEE KSS to increase the number of trainees who can rotate through this innovative type of placement.