On this page you will find answers to popular questions that Trainees ask us focused on the content of your training programme. Click on each title for more details.
Educational Programmes are organised for GP Trainees and consist of a number of Locality
and Regional days
which take place from August to July. Link to the NIMDTA Course Booking System
ST1 Tasks to Demonstrate Learning Outcomes
How do I know which courses to attend?
All courses are published on the NIMDTA Course Booking System and trainees have been pre-booked onto the appropriate courses by the GP Specialty Training team. Please log into the Course Booking system using the log in details supplied at the start of the year to view the Locality and Regional Days you are required to attend (if you do not have log in credentials, please contact the GP Specialty Training team).The Course Booking System will send you an e-mail reminder 7 days before each course.
Are the training days mandatory?
Yes attendance at training events is recorded and monitored by NIMDTA as part of your successful completion of the training programme. Trainees are also able to print Certificates of Attendance for each Locality/Regional day they attend.
What should I do if I can not attend a training day?
If you are unable to attend a Locality/Regional day you are required to complete a Non attendance form
. This can be completed electronically and e-mailed to the GP Specialty Training team or post to GP Specialty Training.
What courses should I attend if I am out of sync with my colleagues?
If you are out of sync with the programme you should meet with your Programme Director to discuss your educational needs. Following this meeting your PD should notify us which courses you should attend.
Can I attend any training days when I am on leave (sick leave / maternity leave)?
Please remember there are around 300 courses running each year and numbers are limited. If we don’t know you are going to attend there may not be room or lunch available for you.
Trainees can use Keeping in Touch Days (KIT days) when they are on maternity leave. KIT days must be applied for in advance by completing the Application for KIT days
and submitting to email@example.com
for authorisation by a GP Director. No more than 10 KIT days can be claimed for in one year, trainees can use KIT days on a voluntary basis.
Please leave feedback for all your ST1 Regional Days on the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/QIG1IS/
PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES ARE CORRECT AS OF AUGUST 2020. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE IN TOUCH WITH THE ROTA COORDINATOR OF YOUR TUTORIAL GROUP FOR ALL UPCOMING DATES IN CASE THERE HAS BEEN A DATE SWAP OR OTHER CHANGES. IF YOU ARE STARTING THE YEAR AS AN OUT OF SYNC TRAINEE PLEASE GET THE DETAILS FROM YOUR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR AND MAKE CONTACT WITH THE ROTA COORDINATOR
ST3 Timetable Please leave feedback for all your ST3 Regional Days on the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/F83GK8/
. ALL TUTORIALS WILL BE TAKING PLACE VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. NIMDTA WILL SEND OUT ZOOM LINKS FOR ALL REGIONAL DAYS BUT FOR LOCALITY DAYS IT IS UP TO THE TRAINEES AND EDUCATIONAL SUPERVISORS TO ARRANGE ZOOM LINKS TOGETHER. WE RECOMMEND EACH TUTORIAL GROUP HAS A WHATSAPP OR EMAIL GROUP AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS WELL IN ADVANCE WITH THE PLANNED SUPERVISOR FOR EACH TOPIC
If undertaking a GP post in August
ST2 trainees starting a General Practice post in August of a year should return for 3 sessions after their GP post. These dates should be organised by the trainee before leaving the practice. Suggestions for each session;
- Complete audit
- Review surgery session
- Review of red flag referrals made while in post
If undertaking a GP post in February
ST2 trainees starting a General Practice post in February of a year should arrange up to four sessions (2 full days or 4 half days) with the practice prior to their start date. Feedback from trainers and trainees last year suggested that this improved the induction process. Suggestions for each session;
- Active observation of the trainer consulting
- Active observation of another GP consulting
- Active observation of the Practice Nurse – Spiro/Smoking cessation/Resp reviews
- Practice manager or present trainee to demonstrate the computer & practice policies – see inventory in Induction Guide to General Practice Posts. This is best undertaken just a couple of weeks before starting as these skills atrophy quickly
Induction (that period of learning before seeing booked patients) should last 3 days for St2s, those commencing GP in February of a year may find they have already covered a reasonable amount of the Induction material.
Please read the below documents which help you relate the GP curriculum to the different hospital specialties;
We will inform you of your GP placement by the end of May each year. Please read the Allocations Policy
which will explain the allocations process in detail.
NIMDTA hosted a Pharmacology and Prescribing in Primary Care course for GP Trainees. The presentations from these courses can be viewed below;
Can I attend some of the CPD courses for post CCT GPs?
Yes you can attend CPD courses. The courses are not part of the Specialty Training Programme and are aimed at qualified GPs but you can attend if you wish.
Can I use study leave to attend?
Courses must be completed in your own time or as annual leave from training and cannot be counted as study leave. The GP Programme already covers almost all of your study leave entitlement. Please see the study leave policy for more information.
Do I have to pay for the course?
The cost of the course applies to Trainees and qualified GPs alike and cannot be re-imbursed from the Specialty Training ProgrammeWeblink to the CPD area of course manager