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The Vocational Training Scheme

Why choose Stafford & Cannock VTS ?

  • Small, supportive and friendly course where everyone gets to know each other.
  • Small enough to listen to individual needs but large enough to develop new ideas.
  • Primary care focus throughout your three years.
  • Half day release at MSFT Postgraduate Centre Stafford site. For those in primary care there are some away days.
  • Run in three terms a year.
  • Programme of cluster based learning outside term time directed by group needs.

Currently 3 Years Training

  • Half day release at Stafford DGH Postgraduate Centre
  • Training away days for VTS trainees
  • 3 terms of 8 weeks a year
  • Cluster Learning, small group self-directive learning on other non-VTS Thursdays
  • Clusters consist of trainees at all stages of training. Peer group learning is immensely important to drive the MRCGP process for every individual
  • Foundation Trainees (F2) are encouraged to attend VTS during their GP attachments

Training Locations

Training practices are based primarily around the Stafford, Rugeley and Cannock areas but there are also training practices in the villages of Penkridge, Stone, Gnosall, Brewood and Featherstone.

Rural practice at Great Hayward takes F2 Foundation Trainees.

Details of all practices can be found here.

Posts & Attachments

Hospital based posts are under a named Clinical Supervisor and are based either with Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust at Stafford DGH or Cannock Hospital or with Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust based at St George’s Hospital, Stafford.

  • ST1 2x 6 Month hospital posts
  • ST2 2 6 Month posts, one hospital based and the other based in primary care
  • ST3 12 Months based at the Training Practice, usually where your Educational Supervisor is based.

Every GP trainee will have an Educational Supervisor who will support and guide them throughout their 3 year training scheme. The ST3 year is usually attached to the Educational Supervisor’s practice.

Hospital Posts are Deanery approved and consist of:

  • Acute Care (Accident and Emergency)
  • General Medicine (attachments to Respiratory, Gastro-enterology, Rheumatology and Cardiology.)
  • Elderly Care (Stafford and Cannock based)
  • ENT (with part-attachment to University Hospital North Staffordshire)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Psychiatry

The medical and elderly care attachments involve some acute clinical assessment in the Acute Medical Unit.

Making your Application

Advertisements usually appear in late November-December each year for GP training schemes throughout the UK. Look at the BMJ for details. Applications are on-line are organised by the GP Recruitment Centre, click here for details.