Welcome to the Gwent and South Powys Vocational Training Scheme Website. This has been developed to provide all those interested in GP training in Gwent and South Powys with information and
resources about the scheme and GP training in general. If you have any feedback or suggestions for our website please email us.
The course, one of the first schemes in Wales, has been in existence since 1979. We have pioneered small group learning and communication skills training in this area and many of the graduates of our Scheme have gone into practice in the locality.
There are three facets to the Scheme:
1. The Hospital SHO Rotations
2. The Training Practices
3. The Half-Day Release Scheme
The Hospital SHO Rotations
On the Scheme there is the choice of three hospitals, the Royal Gwent in Newport, Caerphilly Miners Hospital in Caerphilly and Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny. The hospital posts all offer an excellent range of experience and there is an active postgraduate training programme in each of the departments. We also have a number of SHO posts attached to the Gwent Community Mental Health Team. All SHO posts on the scheme are List A2 posts with regard to certification requirements.
While we try and place SHOs in posts in their preferred hospital, this is not always possible and applicants to the Gwent Scheme need to appreciate that their rotation may take place in any of the three sites.
For more information about the hospitals on the scheme please see Gwent Health Care NHS Trust Website
The Gwent Vocational Scheme has a number of rotations in the Gwent Trust in the following specialties
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Accident and Emergency
• Dermatology and Medicine
• General Medicine
We try to meet the developmental needs of each GP registrar with regard to their hospital experience requirements.
The training practices
Please see the page on practice profiles
The Half-Day Release Scheme
The Half-Day Release Course meets in the Friars Postgraduate Centre, Royal Gwent Hospital and Nevill Hall Education Centre. This course is designed to complement your practice experience with the opportunity for peer group discussion of cases and hot issues. There are seperate programmes for ST3 and ST2 doctors in GP, please see the ST3 and ST2 pages at the top.
Helen Drummond, Education Centre, Nevill Hall, Hospital (for admin queries)
Tel. 01873 732661
Julie Keely, Brecon Medical Group Practice, Bridge St. Brecon (for ST3 queries)
Tel. 01874 622121
Sasha Robinson, Blaenavon Medical Practice, Middle Coed Cae Rd, Blaenavon (for ST1+2 queries)
Tel. 01495 360663
GP TRAINING USEFUL LINKS
Essential for all trainers and registrars and has all the documents and guidance for training available in the library section.
Gwent Health Care Trust website with information about all the hospitals on the training scheme.
Information about the MRCGP examination and new Curriculum for GP Training. Access to the e-portfolio for GP trainees.