(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
The NNUH programme is divided into 3 groups and 4 phases
for details, see timetable
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.