Regional Teaching Summer Term

Term Dates 2021 & 2022


Formerly known as Half-Day Release (HDR), Regional Teaching is the core of the teaching provided by the North Cumbria GP Training Programme.

On a 3 termly basis, a structured yet varied teaching programme is provided, for all GPSTRs, on Wednesday afternoons. A mix of external speakers, local trainers with special interests, training programme director-led sessions as well as self-directed sessions give a broad palette of topics, styles and challenge.

To facilitate attendance for trainees throughout the Programme catchment area the teaching is provided on two sites. One based at the Education Centre, Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, the other at the Samuel Lindow Building, UCLan West Lakes Campus, Moor Row, CA24 3JY . At the present time all teaching is online due to Covid-19 social distancing measures. 

As this is an essential part of their training programme trainees must achieve at least 80% attendance over the course of their training and as a long-standing part of GP training, hospital departments are required to release trainees to attend on a weekly basis.

Focusing on the RCGP curriculum, we aim to make the teaching trainee-led. The programme is continuously evaluated and updated in response to new developments and your feedback.

Regional Teaching Core Aims


  • Mix of group/didactic teaching
  • Focus on hard to hit areas of curriculum
  • Less clinical more GP e.g. management, employment issues
  • Coffee break (proper)

Clinical skills based on problem solving

  • Managing everyday diseases and emergencies by making sound clinical and managerial decisions
  • Thinking clearly - analysing information and evidence and coming to considered judgments
  • Identifying options and choosing between those options
  • Learning to be flexible and to cope with uncertainty

Organisational aspects of General Practice

  • Understanding current GP issues
  • Understanding the role of other primary health care team members
  • Management and business of GP - including PCTs
  • How social conditions and cultural factors affect a patient's disease and how it presents
  • Applying preventative measures, health education and health promotion


  • Communicating well: verbally and non-verbally
  • Expressing ideas with lucidity and clarity
  • Showing compassion, empathy and sensitivity
  • Understanding and using consultation models

Professional Values

  • Being aware of the importance of our own values and attitudes
  • Basing clinical behaviour on rational evidence, forming opinions that are not prejudiced
  • Recognising the patient's autonomy and the significance of patient-centred and doctor-centred working styles
  • Expressing views which are not dogmatic or arrogant
  • Tolerating the views of others: patients, their relatives, and colleagues
  • Considering moral, ethical and medico-legal issues

The Doctor as a Person

  • Learning to self-appraise
  • Knowing your limitations and performing safely, knowing when it is necessary to seek help or refer
  • Being receptive to new ideas and approaches; understanding change and how to manage it
  • Staying positive about your work, surviving personal and professional stress by using strategies to prevent burn out

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