This information gives a summary of the many educational opportunities you can access over the period of your GP training in South East Scotland. You may also wish to refer to the study leave guidance NES study leave guidance when looking through what is on offer to you.
The link below is the most up to date version of the GPST course planner for the current 6 month block course cycle. Please note we aim to circulate an accurate planner to trainees in advance of each block. Inevitably there are occasionally updates or alterations during the block and these will be changed on the attached planner in as timely a manner as possible.
The courses on offer may change iteratively to ensure the opportunities we provide are most appropriate to meet learning needs and link to the GP curriculum.
What follows is a summary of the types of courses on offer. Please refer to the planner for the exact detail of when and how often courses will run. Courses can be booked through Portal.
If you would like more information about a course or registering for a Portal account, please email GP.Unit@nes.scot.nhs.uk
ST1 Educational Release Programme (ERP)
This is for all ST1 trainees in a GP placement. There are a combination of facilitated and trainee led PBSGL sessions. The timetable is set in advance and sessions are mandatory for all eligible trainees.
ST3 Educational Release Programme (ERP)
This is for all ST3 trainees in a GP placement. There are a combination of small group facilitated and trainee led PBSGL sessions. The timetable is set in advance and sessions are mandatory for all eligible trainees.
Obstetric & Gynaecology update courses
These are update courses in both gynaecology and obstetric issues with particular reference to general practice. They are aimed at trainees who DO NOT have an O&G hospital post as part of their rotation. They are not mandatory and can be accessed by eligible trainees when in a hospital post or as an ST3. If you register for the gynaecology update, it is not compulsory to register for the obstetric update and vice versa. You can register for both if you are able.
Paediatric update courses
These are sets of update courses in paediatrics. They are aimed at trainees who DO NOT have a paediatric hospital post as part of their rotation. They are not mandatory and can be accessed by eligible trainees when in a hospital post or as an ST3. If you register for one of the courses within the ‘set’ of paediatric courses, it is not compulsory to register for the others. You can just register for the ones you are able to get study leave for and can attend more than one if you wish.
Psychiatry update courses
This is a set of courses covering a range of psychiatry topics with relevance to general practice. They are initially offered to trainees in hospital posts and if capacity allows are then extended to GPST3 trainees. Trainees can choose to register for courses they feel will help meet their learning needs. You do not need to attend them all and none are mandatory.
Courses aimed at trainees in hospital posts
This is a set of two modules which are offered only to trainees in hospital posts. These are small group sessions and look to make links between the primary and secondary care interface, bringing relevance back to primary care when working in a hospital post. They are not mandatory but advisable at some point whilst in a hospital post. They are repeated on multiple dates to keep group size small. Please only attend each a maximum of once.
This course aims to build peer support amongst GP trainees in the region and again, bring some relevance back to primary care.
This course reviews ethical principles through encouraging small group work to discuss ethical dilemmas based around trainees’ own experiences in clinical practice.
There are a range of other courses on offer covering more niche topics and are accessible depending on your stage of training. Some of these are subject to change on a 6 monthly basis depending on speaker availability and need. Please refer to the course planner for these.