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Vision of the North Region Educational Programme

  • Meet the needs of all those recruited to GPST in order for them to achieve CCT.
  • Encourage excellence in all areas and contexts.
  • Prepare STs fully for the work of GP.
  • Equip STs with skills to be lifelong learners.
  • Recognise individual skills and talents to provide opportunities to develop these.
  • Be aware of and respond appropriately to trainees who have additional needs as learners.
  • A learner centred ethos underpins all provision and developments.
  • Acknowledge the role of Educational Supervisors within GPST educational provision, and develop a partnership approach with Deanery staff.

The North Region provides three different educational programmes depending on where you are studying. These are:

  • Grampian
  • Caledonian
  • Rural Track

In the sections below, you will find more information about the educational opportunities available in your area. Please read the NES study leave guidance

For more information regarding North of Scotland Training please visit the blog

    The educational programme based in Aberdeen provides a range of opportunities to support the educational development of GP trainees. No programme however, can be fully comprehensive, so it is important that trainees take full advantage of the learning environments within GP and hospital posts to complement what is provided. 



    Grampian runs inductions in Aug-Sept of each year for GPST1s,  GPST2s, GPST3s and GMED. 

    Dates for 2019:

    • Induction Programmes:
    • ST1 – 21st August
    • ST2 – 4th September
    • ST3 PART 1– 28th August
    • ST3 PART 2 - 4th September
    • GMED - 22nd August

    Groupwork when in GP posts (Wednesday mornings)

    Practice Based Groupwork Dates

    • 25th September
    • 2nd, 9th, 30th October
    • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th November
    • 4th, 11th December
    • 8th, 22nd January 

    ST1 Changeover 

    • 19th, 26th February 
    • 4th, 18th, 25th March 
    • 1st, 22nd, 29th April
    • 13th, 20th May
    • 3rd, 10th June
    • GPSTs are assigned to a small group of usually 8-11 from peer year group. These sessions allow you to develop groupwork skills and a team approach to learning through PBSGL. There is also opportunities to improve consultation and communication skills and explore issues and themes that arise in GP practice. See the Educational Programme above for this year's dates.
    • Groupwork Log Sheet
    • PBSGL Log Sheet


    What do they do? 

    How is it done? 



    Further information 

    9:00-10.45 Video analysis and small group discussion

    11.00 -1.00 PBSGL

    GP Led


    Self facilitated

    Forest Grove House 

    12 x Wednesdays per 6 months 

    Attendance registered Minimum of 75% of groupwork sessions mandator

     Groupwork when in hospital posts (Wednesday Afternoons)

    • All GPSTs in hospital posts are invited to attend a large group session, which will be divided into 2 or 3 smaller groups on the day in order to rotate around the different activities. Sessions cover topics such as statistics, sexual health, child development, patient safety and vulnerable adults. 
    • Topics reflect learning required for the AKT.  
    • Further information is available on moodle here.  

    Core Workshops

    • These workshops cover a variety of topics relevant to GP training and are available to GPSTs at any stage. Attendance at all over the 3 year period is recommended. Further information is available on moodle here.  

    Clinical Attachments information and topics and current dates

    • These attachments are a new development designed to help you meet learning needs and cover all areas of the curriculum.
    • As they are a 'work in progress' we would really appreciate your feedback both on the system in place to arrange the attachments and also your clinical experiences during the session. 
    • The following document provides you with the contact details for clinicians in different specialities who are keen to have GP trainees for a clinical attachment.
    • Grampian Clinical Attachments details

    GPST Consultative forum – open to all GPSTs

    • The Consultative Forum meetings are attended by the GP Associate Advisers and GPST's in Grampian.  The intention is to give all Trainees the opportunity to voice any suggestions and give feedback about the design and delivery of the Programme (for both your Education and posts).  There will be 2 x lunchtime meetings / 6 monthly. A sandwich lunch will be provided.

     Next forum:

    • Wednesday 22nd January 2020  
    • Wednesday 4th March 2020 

    The Caledonian Programme offers a wide variety of educational opportunities including induction, courses on clinical topics and small group learning sessions.


    Caledonian Programme Teaching Overview

    GP trainees on the Remote and Rural track will have unique learning opportunities in the Rural General Hospitals and GP placements in their rotation. They should attend all the educational opportunities as described in the Caledonian Educational Programme (above) but are also an additional Rural workshop. 

    Caithness & the Islands - Trainees come together for the day in Inverness, three times a year. All other sessions link trainees by VC for an afternoon session, every fortnight. 

    Fort William & Oban - Sessions take place one day a month with the same format as Caledonian Programme, venue alternating between Oban and Fort William. 


    As an ST in Rural track, which elements of the Caledonian/Rural track educational programme should I attend, and when? 

    Rural Track GPST stage


    Core options

    Group work





    Attend ST1 Induction

    Available throughout programme

    Throughout programme

    Attend day 1 of ST1 course (Induction and PBSGL training)




     Attend day 2 of ST1 course (Child protection & Consultation skills)


    Attend ST2/AKT induction day



    Attend ST3 induction (part of ST3 course)