Special Opportunities

We seek to support all trainees to maximise their potential and with that in mind we have developed a number of innovative opportunities designed to prepare you for 21st century general practice:

  • Opportunity to develop a special interest during training (see below)
  • Opportunity to apply for an Extended ITP leading to a 3.5 yr training programme (see below)
  • Opportunity to take time out of programme (see below)
  • Post CCT clinical fellowship programme

Developing a special interest during training

The strategy for clinical services in rural West Cumbria is one of integrated clinical teams working across primary and secondary care. The GP Specialist Training Programme aims to produce clinicians who can work in both primary care and the hospital setting.

This programme offers selected candidates the opportunity to develop a special interest and extended skills in a range of specialties at the same time as undertaking their GP training. Special interests available: Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine, Elderly Care Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology.

Candidates who are interested in this option must first secure a training commitment from North Cumbria Universities Hospital Trust for their chosen specialty (* advertised annually in the BMJ ). They must then apply through GP National Recruitment and Selection ,preferencing North Cumbria GP training programme . Successful candidates will then be asked to choose their teaching base and must select Whitehaven. All the hospital components of this programme are at West Cumberland Hospital and the linked GP practices are in the West of the region.

Your GP training rotation will then be tailored to your special interest with one session per week maintained throughout the three year programme, subject to satisfactory ARCP progression. The GP national Target Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS), offers a £20,000 recruitment bonus to successful applicants in the 2017 round.

Once you have completed your GP training and have been awarded your GP CCT you will spend a year (Post CCT) with 50% of your time being trained in your hospital special interest and 50% in General Practice. During this year you will be supported to reach middle grade level competency in the hospital specialty. It is hoped that trained GP Specialists will continue to work within the area supporting both primary care and the acute hospital.

Information on specialty interest posts

Extended Integrated training posts

We are pleased to be able to offer an exciting range of Extended ITP’s (eITP) which run for 12 months, allowing you to develop additional skills during training. These posts are undertaken in ST2 or ST3 in place of a 6mth ITP or GP post,  and result in 3.5yr training programme.(Trainees should note that only 6mths of these 12mth post counts towards CCT).

Most of these posts involve study towards an additional qualification or diploma which is funded by HEE(NE+NC).Therefore post availability may vary from year to year. Trainees must have satisfactory progress at ARCP to apply.

Extended ITP posts can be undertaken in the following subjects:

  • Medical Education
  • Rural and remote General Practice
  • Palliative care
  • Leadership
  • Intermediate care
  • Ambulatory care

Time Out of Programme (OOP)

Time Out of Programme is not available to trainees who have accepted a TERS payment unless truly exceptional circumstances apply. 

Eligible trainees have the opportunity to apply for time out of post, providing progress at ARCP is satisfactory.

Applications can be considered for a wide variety of reasons. Please see the HEE OOP Guidance  

Please discuss your plans with your Educational Supervisor and with a TPD at the earliest opportunity.

You must submit your application form at least 3mths before you wish to go OOP, however the more you notice can give us the better! We like to say yes but the commonest reason for declining an application is that we cannot fill your post and to leave it empty would compromise patient care. The earlier you talk to us the more likely we can accommodate your request.

Post CCT Clinical Fellowship Programme

Across the region there are a number of HEE(NE+NC) funded Post CCT fellowship posts.

These posts combine the opportunity to combine  work as a salaried GP in a local practice with working in a specialty setting to develop increased knowledge and skills in a specific area for one year post CCT.

The Post CCT fellows are supported by a TPD , Dr Tim Sanders


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