Our GP Speciality Training Scheme

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. 


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.

The Half-Day Release Scheme

This course is designed to complement your practice experience with the opportunity for peer group discussion of cases and hot issues. 

The Hospital SHO Rotations

The hospital posts all offer an excellent range of experience and there is an active postgraduate training programme in each of the departments

The Training Practices

There are currently 40 practices attached to the scheme. These are located in urban, semi-rural and rural areas of Gwent and South Powys. You will find enthusiastic trainers and friendly staff at all the practices.

Our Team

       Gareth Jordon

           Programme Director

Hi, I started as a training programme director on the scheme in 2021 and look after the ST1s. I was a trainee on this scheme back in the day (I am reluctant to say exactly how far back this was Julie knows). My current practice is Wellspring in Risca, I returned after many years to my original training practice on the scheme (they are a nice bunch). I have a portfolio career, during which time I have been a dermatology clinical assistant, a clinical director for primary care and of course worked as a locum, GMS partner, salaried Health board GP and now as a salaried partner. I live in Cardiff and have 2 teenage offspring and a dog. My wife is also a GP.

      Sarah Neville

        Programme Director

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m a GP partner at Tudor Gate Surgery in Abergavenny. I finished my GP training in 2000 and have worked at Tudor Gate since 2005. I am the Programme Director responsible for the ST2s on the training scheme and also teach medical students from Cardiff University. I love the diversity and challenge of General Practice and the relationships that you build up over years of looking after people. I live just outside Abergavenny and have 3 (almost) grown-up children and 2 dogs who I love walking in the hills around Abergavenny. I hope you enjoy your time with us!

         Julie Keely

          Programme Director

Hi, I’m Julie, a full-time rural GP in Brecon, Powys. I’m responsible for the ST3s on the scheme. I have probably been a GP since before most of you were born! I still believe we are lucky and privileged to do our job and get to know so many lovely people, both patients, and colleagues. General Practice is fascination, challenging, and fun. Welcome to Gwent and South Powys GP Scheme and enjoy your time with us. We are here to help, and just ask if you are unsure of anything. There is no such thing as a daft question.

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