GP Specialty Training Programmes (GPST)
GP Specialty Programmes are 3 years full time equivalent (FTE) aimed at doctors who have successfully demonstrated the essential competencies required for entry at recruitment.
ST1 & ST2 Programmes
- In the Mersey Deanery, all ST1 programme patterns will be three 4-month posts with 6-months medicine and 6-months general practice in ST2 followed by, 12-months in a GP training practice.
- There are approximately 160 ST1 programmes available each August. All Programmes contain experience in: A&E, Medicine and Paediatrics, other programmes contain attachments in: O&G or Women’s Health, Psychiatry, General Surgery or Orthopaedic Surgery or Urology.
- In addition to this, some ST1 Programmes offer General Practice in the 1st or second year or an Innovative Training Post (ITP) in a community setting in either the 1st or 2nd year.
Most ST1 Programmes are in a single part of the Deanery although some will have different locations in the first 2 years of the Programme. GP placements may be subject to change dependent on availability.
The ST3 Programme is a 1-year Programme in a GP practice, current regulation stipulate that all secondary care (hospital posts) must be completed before the final 12 months FTE in ST3, this is particularly important to remember when planning programmes after career breaks such as maternity.
Structured programme teaching is available throughout the GPST Programme with regular half day sessions (usually once or twice a month) for ST1 & ST2 and a half day release programme for ST3 30 half day sessions over 2 terms in ST3. This teaching complements the training and education in the practice and we aim to offer a co-ordinated approach for MRCGP examination preparation (AKT & CSA).