(Half) Day Release

Where and how does (Half) Day Release take place?

The day release locations are currently split between the three hospital sites of The James Paget Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Norfolk and Norwich. You will generally attend the sessions which are closest to the GP practice, or in the hospital where you are based.

At QEH, half day release occurs every Wednesday afternoon

At JPUH, half day release occurs every Thursday afternoon

At NNUH, day release occurs every other Wednesday

QEH Programme

for details, see timetable

JPUH Programme

for details, see timetable

NNUH Programme

The NNUH programme is divided into 3 groups and 4 phases

for details, see timetable

Group A

First 6m in GP

Our group A sessions are about supporting you in the first GP placement. Our regular programme director led, peer–support sessions give you chance to catch up, debrief and ask the questions and queries with those tricky consultations that don't always get covered in medical training below F2 level.

We have a mixture of trainee-led and specialist delivered teaching and presentations for those clinicial topics, knowledge and skills needed for those first steps into GP practice and ultimately MRCGP success.

Group B — Hospital Group

ST1 & ST2

Staying primary care focused whilst in hospital placements

Our group B sessions provide an opportunity for peer support and primary care focussed teaching during hospital placements. We offer a mixture of Consultant and Trainee led sessions encouraging trainees to contribute to the programme and develop their teaching skills whilst broadening their knowledge base. Through seeing you regularly we aim to maintain a supportive working relationship and help you to continue to work towards AKT success and beyond.

Group C— Exam Phase

First 6m in GPST3

The AKT and CSA exams are high stakes exams, so we devote this phase to helping prepare you for exam success and future GP. We start with reviewing how the exams work, with a session on exam myth&busting, tips to pass and understanding the mind of the examiner. Over the next six months our sessions are based around a 'curriculum topic of the day' where curriculum content is used as a framework for revision and the basis for small group work. We also run evening mock CSA practice sessions, where each trainee gets a chance to experience 7 CSA cases under exam conditions, with marking and feedback from the actors and assessors

Group D— Exit Course

Final 6m in GPST3

The Exit course— Liability —They never taught me that at medical school!

There's lots to developing a successful career as a GP, and in the exit course we look at the things you never knew you needed to know, with sessions on 'deciding what to do', 'being a locum and salaried GP', 'being a successful partner', 'the future of the NHS', 'CVs, interviews and covering letters'. We have a practice finance day where specialist medical accountants come and present on practice finance and loans, tax for doctors, financial planning. We have a practice legal day where specialist medical lawyers look at partnership agreements and GP commissioning and contracting. We have a session from a practice management partner detailing the ins and outs of Staff Management, Future planning. This course helps you plot the first steps into your independent GP career.

Norfolk & Norwich Medical Benevolent Society

Norfolk GPSTP trainees are eligible to join the NNMBS. For £15 a year, you can join this Friendly Society, which exists to support doctors in times of hardship and need. (Link)

Extra Help

We've got great statistics in helping trainees acheive exam success at each component of the MRCGP. But we know that not everyone finds exams easy, and being a big scheme we can offer extra support to trainees

Support for English as a second language

We are able to offer some support to trainees where English is a second, third, or even fourth language. These include extra support with English, linguistic support and additional sessions with actors

Extra Support for Exams

We meet with any trainee that hasn't been successful in exams and offer reflection and feedback on performance, with review for additional support.

Group E

We run a group E 'extension group', for those in extended training where we offer intensive communication skills and other CSA skill support involving actors, video review and peer support