Primary Care

The North Wales Outstanding GP Development Programme is a scheme run by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, in partnership with local GPs and academic institutions.

The scheme is aimed at GPs who would prefer a hybrid or portfolio career, whilst aiming for excellence, and at the same time living in one of the most spectacular parts of the UK.

If this appeals to you, then read on!

About the Programme

We recognise that the process of gaining further experience in a supported environment, or developing specialist clinical or leadership interests can be pretty challenging for GPs after completion of their prescribed specialty training programmes

  • The opportunity to find time in a busy working week can be limited
  • Funding to cover the time involved in gaining skills is in short supply
  • Mentorship from GP leaders, providing help to plan the next steps in your career, is hard to find

For these reasons, and many more, we have created the Outstanding GP Development Programme.

The scheme is flexible – we help each appointed GP create a bespoke solution by adding 2 options to their core programme.

The length of programme is agreed before being appointed and is be between one and three years. This depends on your preference and the likely time requirements to meet the objectives of your bespoke programme.

Additionally, we provide you with a mentor and a range of additional benefits to really fire up the next stage of your career.

An innovative new scheme to attract GPs of the highest calibre to North Wales  

Outstanding and creative GPs have been recruited to work and live in the region in a bid to support and influence the future development primary care. And we have more opportunities like these coming your way

We need innovative and dynamic GPs, who are open to doing things differently. There’s the opportunity to fulfil varied roles. We are looking for people who like to think outside the box.

We also have the North Wales GP Academic Clinical Fellows Scheme.

This Welsh Government sponsored Scheme is run by the North Wales Centre for Primary Care Research, within the School of Healthcare Sciences. This group is a constituent part of the new Bangor Institute for Health and Medical Research.

Confirmation of funding for the first three year cohort of the Scheme was received in early December 2015, and the date for advertising the first post was August 2016.

The Scheme provides the opportunity for motivated General Practitioners to learn research skills and teach, whilst providing much needed support to general practices in the most deprived areas of North Wales.

We believe this to be a perfect match: a firm grounding in the founding ethos of the NHS to provide equality in healthcare, while recognising that the doctors providing that care deserve career enhancing opportunities.

All this of course in North Wales, an area of outstanding natural beauty and almost unlimited scope for adventure, particularly for those with a love for the outdoors.

The Dyffryn Clwyd Scheme has been in existence in various guises since 1971 when it was originally founded as a joint project with the neighbouring Wrexham Scheme by Dr Gwyn Thomas. It has since grown in size and roughly covers an area extending from Holywell in the East, to Old Colwyn in the West , and extending down the Vale of Clwyd to Ruthin.

The scheme seeks to deliver a varied programme for GP Training with the opportunity to experience hospital posts based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan, and General Practice posts located in rural and urban locations within the area.

Half day release sessions, based in the Postgraduate Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, are held weekly during academic term time. They aim to provide a needs-based curriculum for GP Trainees covering topics of particular relevance for GP Training and the MRCGP Examination.

The scheme also regularly provides teaching aimed at ensuring success in the MRCGP such as a Mock CSA, and regularly features courses for General Practice related topics such as Minor Surgery, Family Planning, Palliative Care, Communication Skills, sometimes in collaboration with neighbouring GP Training Schemes.

Half day sessions feature regular presentations by the trainees, group work, formal teaching by medical and non-medical speakers, along with regular team building events. We are a scheme of about 25 trainees based in a friendly District General Hospital which encourages a supportive peer group, with the scheme’s size making  it feasible for all trainees from ST1-ST3 to attend the half day release sessions.

Wrexham GP Training Programme has been established for over 40 years and the current Programme Directors have been in post for over 10 years.  There are 14 GP training practices in the programme, and 27 GP trainers.  The practices include those in the towns of Wrexham, Buckley and Llangollen, as well as rural practices in villages like Overton near Wrexham and Llanfair Caereinion in Powys.

Hospital posts are based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and the weekly half day release teaching programme is based in the excellent Wrexham Medical Institute next to the hospital site.  We endeavour to provide a varied, thought provoking and stimulating educational programme and the feedback from our trainees suggests that we achieve that:

The 3 year programme takes 8 GP trainees each year, giving us up to 24 in the group.  This relatively small number allows us to run the educational sessions for everyone, allowing regular contact between those in hospital posts and those in GP posts.  The trainees work hard together and support each other in their clinical and educational activities.  There is a well-used Facebook page for the group, which includes number of alumni and GP trainers who make regular contributions.

Why don’t you join us?

The Bangor Specialty Training Scheme is based in North West Wales. Bangor is a "City of Learning" with an ancient cathedral and a thriving university of over 11,000 students. It is situated on the beautiful Menai Straits and as you would expect in a university town has a wide range of recreational and entertainment facilities.

The Bangor Specialty Training Scheme is flexible and can cater for the needs of doctors in formal 3 year rotations or extended less than full time training schemes. Every effort is made to ensure that the half-day release course is protected time and is attended by those in hospital posts as well as in General Practice. The Programme Directors try to guarantee that the hospital component of training is slanted towards General Practice and that a group identity is maintained throughout the 3 years.

The scheme prides itself on our support for the nMRCGP examination and all trainers are involved in preparation for this and we hold twice yearly CSA preparation sessions and delivery of the half day release topics.

The General Practice posts are spread throughout North West Wales, encompassing a mix of relatively urban practices in places such as Bangor and Holyhead and rural practices such as Llanrwst and Penrhyndeudraeth. The Bangor Specialty Training Scheme has 20-30 doctors on it at any one time in various stages of their training.

There is a very homely supportive atmosphere on the scheme. This is partly due to the fact that the scheme is relatively small and therefore the educational sessions can be run weekly with the whole GPST group. In addition the friendliness of the local people and the quality of training in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor contributes hugely to the enjoyment of training in this area.

Glan Clwyd Hospital Anaesthetics Department provides great training for doctors . It is the North Wales centre for advanced anaesthetic training in airway management, head and neck, and chronic pain.

They also run three theatres in nearby Abergele Hospital, which provides all low-risk orthopaedic surgery (including major joint replacements in ASA I-II patients) and ophthalmic surgery.

Wales Deanery trainees rotate to Liverpool hospitals when needed, for specialty blocks such as neurosurgery, paediatrics and obstetrics.

In Glan Clwyd’s Critical Care Department two of our consultants are registered Focused Intensive Care Echo (FICE) mentors.

Glan Clwyd’s Paediatric Department provides a fantastic educational programme for juniors with formal teaching on a daily basis and all members of the team contribute to the programme. Paediatric simulation and a teaching clinic are also part of our educational programme. There is a weekly hospital grand round where juniors are  encouraged to attend. We also provide specific exam teaching for those preparing for the MRCPCH. Every junior doctor has got a designated educational supervisor to help with career progression and to provide support.

At Wrexham ‘s Anaesthetics Department, trainees undertake dedicated 3 or 6 month modules depending on their grade and stage of training. We supervise and mentor trainees who are undertaking basic, higher and intermediate level ICM training.  We were the first site in North Wales to get a FICM trainee from a respiratory medicine

Doctors interested in Emergency Medicine have great opportunities across North Wales. There is the successful Mountain Medicine programme in Ysbyty Gwynedd, Emergency Department, Glan Clwyd Hospital has recently launched a Pre Emergency Medicine and Critical care training post and over at Wrexham a new Post Fellowship in Emergency Medicine is already attracting a lot of attention.

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