Who's Who in Training
The GP training programme is led by the Lead Training Programme Director (LTPD), Karen Smith. She has a team of 6 Training Programme Directors (TPDs) across both teaching sites and 1 part-time Specialist Training Programme Co-ordinator (SPC). This team manages the training programme as a whole, having direct responsibility for developing and managing the training programme administratively as well as educationally, under the auspices of "Health Education England Working Across The North East and North Cumbria". The programme team manages regional teaching and trainee support as well as co-ordinating hospital and General Practice based clinical training for GP Speciality Trainees.
Each trainee has one Educational Supervisor (ES) through their 3 year training programme. This is a GP Trainer, based in a local practice and is usually responsible for the first and last 6 month training posts. When attached to other specialities, and through the Integrated Training Post the trainee will have a Clinical Supervisor (CS) who is either a consultant or GP and who is directly responsible for their professional training during that post. When at the “base” training practice the Educational Supervisor is also the Clinical Supervisor.