Integrated and Additional GP Posts

The GMC require trainees to undertake a minimum of 12mths training  in General practice as part of their 3 year programme  but recommend that trainees should undertake 18mths in GP where possible.

We are pleased to be able to offer all our trainees the opportunity to undertake 18months in General practice. Trainees undertake 6 months in GP during the first year of their training and 6 months in GP as their final post, making up the mandatory 12months. The additional 6 month post in General Practice is either:

  • a further full 6 months in a different teaching practice(Additional GP post).
  • a mix of general practice with a secondment to another specialty or branch of medicine (Integrated training post or ITP)

The advantage of an additional 6 months fully in GP is that trainees can focus on developing and consolidating their GP skills and knowledge .This may be particularly relevant for those trainees who have not experienced GP as part of their undergraduate or foundation training or for trainees who already have a wide range of specialist experience. Additional time can also be spent working on consultation skills in preparation for CSA.

The aim of the Integrated Training Post is to allow the GP Trainee, although based in General Practice, to have a variety of other educational attachments outside the practice. The integrated post would thus enable the Trainee to have a broader experience than may have been possible under a standard 3-year programme and address learning needs otherwise unmet by their other specialty posts.

We have an extensive choice of ITP’s

We also offer an exciting range of extended ITP’s (eITP) which allow you to develop additional skills and result in 3.5yr training programme.

Current ITPs

The educational documentation for these posts provide further detail of the scope of each post:


Elderly Care




Women's Health 

Substance Misuse(Unity,Carlisle)

Musculoskeletal Medicine

Sexual Health / GUM

Public Health

Ambulatory Care

Emergency Medicine)




Obs and Gynae

Primary Care Research

Rural General Practice

Trainees whose educational needs are best met by undertaking an ITP rather than and additional GP post can choose from the list above subject to availability.

Can’t see an ITP that meets your needs? If you are interested in developing a new integrated post you should speak to a TPD at the earliest opportunity .Wherever feasible we will support you to develop a new post.

Trainees working LTFT will not normally undertake an integrated post .They will normally do an additional GP post. During their training they will be exposed to a wider range of specialty attachments as each LTFT hospital post will be 6 calendar months but equivalent to less than 6mths training time.

See our extended ITP’s for more options

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