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The GPVTS stands for the General Practice Vocational Training Scheme and is the route for Drs to become GPs in the UK. Recruitment to becoming GPs is run by national recruitment offices in February and August each year and candidates chose one of four deaneries to have their training under. The GP training programmes are usually 3 years in length involving hospital posts in various specialities (Care of Elderly, General Medicine, paediatrics, ENT, substance misuse, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Psychiatry, GU medicine, A&E, Old Age Psychiatry, Stroke medicine, LD, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Public Health, Palliative Care) and also an extended GP based placement usually for around 18 months. Although there are more and more innovative posts being developed that extend the training by a further year and offer opportunities to specialise in different fields of medicine or management relevant to primary care. 

There are number of different training deaneries / LETB including the East of England, East Midlands, Kent, Surrey & Sussex, London, Mersey, Northern, Northern Ireland, North Western, Oxford, Scotland, Severn, South West Peninsula, Wales, Wessex, West Midlands and Yorkshire & the Humber.

Under each deanery are numerous GPVTS's including:

Basildon VTS  Bedford VTS Bury St. Edmunds VTS Cambridge VTS
Chelmsford VTS Colchester VTS Great Yarmouth VTS Harlow VTS
Watford VTS West Cambridgeshire VTS Ipswich VTS Kings Lynn VTS
Stevenage VTS Luton & Dunstable VTS Norwich VTS Peterborough VTS
Southend VTS Welwyn Garden City VTS Chesterfield VTS Derby VTS
Leicestershire VTS Lincolnshire VTS Mansfield VTS Northamptonshire VTS
Nottinghamshire VTS East Kent VTS North Notts VTS West Kent VTS
East Sussex VTS East Surrey VTS Barfnet VTS Haringey & Enfield VTS
UCLH VTS Royal Free VTS Whittington VTS St Mary’s VTS
Central Middlesex VTS Northwick Park VTS Hillingdon VTS Ealing VTS
Imperial VTS Romford VTS Hackney VTS Whipps Cross VTS
Tower Hamlets VTS Newham VTS Ilford VTS Lewisham VTS
Guy’s & St Thomas VTS Kings VTS Bromley VTS Sidcup VTS
St Helier VTS Kingston VTS Croydon VTS St Georges VTS
Chester VTS Liverpool VTS Macclesfield VTS Crewe VTS
Warrington and Halton VTS Southport & Ormskirk VTS Wirral VTS East Cumbria VTS
St Helens & Knowsley VTS Northumbria VTS West Lakes VTS Northern Ireland VTS
Durham & Tees Valley VTS Bolton VTS Central Manchester VTS Salford & Trafford VTS
Pennine Northwest VTS South Manchester VTS Stockport VTS Tameside VTS
Preston & Chorley VTS Wigan VTS Blackpool VTS East Lancashire VTS
West Sussex VTS Lancaster VTS West Cumbria VTS Banbury VTS
Milton Keynes VTS Oxford VTS Reading & Newbury VTS Windsor VTS
Ayrshire and Arran VTS Glasgow North East VTS Glasgow North West VTS Glasgow South VTS
Dumfries and Galloway VTS Lanarkshire VTS Forth Valley VTS Renfrew VTS
Inverclyde & Dumbarton VTS Borders & Midlothian VTS Grampian VTS Caledonian VTS
Fife & North Edinburgh VTS Lothian and Edinburgh VTS Eastward/Westward VTS Gloucestershire VTS
Dyffryn Clwyd VTS Cornwall  VTS Swindon VTS Bristol VTS
gr Valleys VTS Somerset VTS North Devon VTS Plymouth VTS
Neath Port Talbot VTS Torbay VTS Aberystwyth VTS Bangor VTS
Pembrokeshire VTS Bridgend VTS Cardiff VTS Carmarthen VTS
Bournemouth VTS Gwent & South Powys VTS Swansea bay VTS Wrexham VTS
Dorchester VTS Salisbury VTS Poole VTS Isle of Wight VTS
Solent & New Forest VTS Stafford & Cannock VTS Portsmouth VTS Southampton VTS
Southampton & Jersey VTS North Staffordshire VTS Shropshire VTS Winchester VTS
Pontefract & Wakefield VTS North Worcester VTS Basingstoke VTS Wolverhampton VTS
West Herts VTS Dudley VTS Walsall VTS Burton on Trent VTS
South Worcester VTS Sheffield VTS Dewsbury VTS Sandwell VTS
North Lincolnshire VTS Scarborough VTS Harrogate VTS Hereford VTS
Northallerton VTS York VTS Airedale VTS Hull VTS
Rotherham VTS Barnsley VTS Doncaster VTS Bradford VTS
Leeds VTS Pennine VTS Buckinghamshire VTS Frimley VTS
Birmingham & Solihull VTS Exeter VTS Hastings VTS Brighton VTS
Coventry & Warwickshire  VTS Guildford VTS Epsom VTS Mid Sussex VTS
West Suffolk VTS Eastbourne VTS East Sussex VTS VTS South Essex VTS
Medway VTS Stoke VTS Bath VTS Dartford VTS
North Birmingham VTS Maidstone VTS Wales VTS Broadlands VTS

Educational / Clinical Supervisors
There are 2 types of supervisors who will be responsible for your training, clinical supervisors and educational supervisors. Clinical supervisors are usually those who are responsible clinically for you during your 4-6month attachments. They offer the day to day advise and supervision whilst you are on the job and are duty bound to ensure you are educated in the relevant matters in your attachment. At the end of the rotation, they have to complete a CSR (Clinical Supervisors Report) report that is forwarded and required for you to complete the GP training. Educational supervisors are those who are responsible for your overall training over the 3-4 years and are usually a GP trainer who you are likely to be attached to in your final year of GPVTS training. 

Programme Directors (PDs) / Course Organisers
These are GPs who work with the deanery and organise and oversee the local training program  They cater for the half day releases that you have during the week and are approachable to help with any queries regarding training or difficulties.

College tutors
These are often consultants within the hospital you are attached to for your placement. They organise the education activity within their respective field/department tailoring the programme for GP STs. Your programme directors will be working closely with the college tutors to ensure that your educational needs are met throughout your training period. 

Study leave
Most GP VTS's are organised into 3 terms roughly around 10-12 weeks in duration. During term times GP trainees would be expected to attend a half day release educational programme that helps develop and teach the GP trainees the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in the exams and in their life post qualification. Most GP VTS release days are on Wednesdays or Thursdays and attendance is usually mandatory counting towards your study leave allocation.

GP Curriculum -
The RCGP have created the curriculum they expect for GP registrars. It i broadly divided into 6 domain areas i.e. primary care management, person centred care, specific problem solving skills, comprehensive approach, community orientation, holistic approach.

GP Educational Activities (GP ST1 and GP ST2)
During your GP ST1 and GP ST2 years most educational events will occur within the hospital setting or through your workplace-based rotations through your clinical encounters. However your VTS may organises several consultants or lecturers to attend and cover essential components of the GP curriculum during the half day release programmes. Some GP VTSs have away days where the whole VTS for several days have focused educational programmes. 

Written by Nazmul Akunjee & Muhammad Akunjee