Trainee experience

'Northallerton is a small scheme, and uses this to its advantage. It is close knit, we have VTS together as a whole group making the most of everyone's experience. This works incredibly well and was particularly great when thinking about exams. Everyone is included and your contribution is encouraged. While I was on the scheme, we socialised and revised together, we had (and the scheme still has) an excellent exam pass rate. I am still in touch with a number of my VTS friends, many of whom are also colleagues locally.

There is a good balance of General Practice, practical and clinical teaching and the scheme listened to us as to what we would like or need. When I finished my training, I felt more than ready to start out as a qualified GP, I had a job to start as I finished training and I was well up to speed to take up my post. I always felt supported by the scheme's tutors and administrators during my time training. We are encouraged to report issues, and any problems I had were met with practical suggestions and help. When I planned and returned from Maternity leave, I felt very supported, it was well managed and I left and returned to training with no issue.

The Northallerton scheme is semi-rural and the GP practices are spread over quite a large area. This can seem a little daunting at first but commuting was easy (I was living in Teesside at the time and didn't travel further than 30 minutes to work for any of my posts), and I gained fantastic experience working with Town (Northallerton), Village (Great Ayton) and Rural (Bedale and Leyburn with CMHT) communities. This is a real advantage for the scheme. North Yorkshire is absolutely beautiful and although I am bias because it is now my home, there is so much here and in the surrounding area to explore. It is a fantastic place to live and work. When I finished the scheme I, like many of my VTS colleagues, chose to stay and work within the area. I think this reflects on the scheme and our Practices and is a testament to how well the Northallerton scheme works and prepares us for life as a GP.    - Local GP trained at Northallerton 2011

'I had a great time on the Northallerton GP training scheme.  There are so many good points!  The scheme is small enough that you get treated like an individual.  The course organisers are always happy to talk through any problems or concerns you might have.  You get to know trainees in other years meaning you can learn from those in the years above and you know some of the local GPs when you come to looking for work.  The trainers are all interested in you progressing well and I never heard of a trainee being treated as a workhorse.  The half day release was varied and interesting, covering a range of topics and including both knowledge and skills teaching.  I felt well prepared for my exams and also for work as a GP.  Northallerton is a great place to live and work with a good range of shops and easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, The North York Moors and York and excellent train links to London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.'              - Local GP trained at Northallerton 2011

" Northallerton VTS comes highly recommended. As military trainees we were looked after extremely well by Peter, Roger, Wendy and the team....unlike previous schemes  we were integrated into the rest of the trainees and it was so enjoyable. In addition to a robust educational programme, a number of external visits were organised, including to Fountains Abbey and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  All in all a very friendly and supportive VTS in an 'Old Fashioned' DGH. The biggest marker of success for me was first time passes at both the AKT and the CSA, all facilitated by superb tutoring and friendly study groups (who I'm still in touch with). Once I have completed my military service I have every intention of returning to North Yorkshire as a GP and I'm sure many of the friends and acquaintances I have made there will assist me in doing so...." -Military GPStR trained Northallerton 2010


GMC National Training Survey

The GMC recently published the trainee survey for 2013.  Please take a look at the results for Northallerton. 

Overall satisfaction for GP Yorkshire Deanery

  • Our scheme came second out of the fifteen programmes in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery for 'Overall satisfaction'

Overall satisfaction for GP in our region

  • Our scheme came first out of the six programmes in our region for 'Overall satisfaction'

 'We think the results speak for themselves and are happy to see our trainees value their experience so highly', Dr Peter Green, Programme Director, Northallerton GP Training Programme

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