About the Broadlands Scheme

The recent Health service reforms have put General Practice into the centre stage and have 
created great opportunities for General Practitioners to influence health care. A career in 
general practice will interest those doctors who wish to have a varied professional life and to 
practice a high standard of medicine on a variety of conditions, not only clinical, but also 
psychological and social.

It also gives an opportunity to look after complete families over a considerable span of time 
and also to gain an intimate knowledge of them. General Practice over the last few years has 
become more flexible and will suit those doctors who not only wish to work full time in 
practice, but those who wish to work part time devoting some of their time to raising a 
family, hospital work, teaching or research. All these factors enhance the job satisfaction of 
General Practice as a speciality. The Broadlands General Practice Speciality Training 
Programme started life as Broadlands VTS in 1972. Ten registrars are appointed each year 
and they pass through the scheme as a group. There is an eighteen month period spent in the 
James Paget Hospital, which consists of periods in General Medicine/Geriatrics, Obstetrics 
and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Accident & Emergency, ENT or Ophthalmology and 
Psychiatry. 

All the departments have a teaching plan tailored to the needs of the registrars and regular 
two way assessment takes place in all the posts. The General Practice period is spent in one 
of eight practices in the Coastal area. All these practices have a high commitment to the 
training scheme and to post-graduate education. The study half day release takes place on a 
Thursday afternoon with breaks for Easter, summer and Christmas. It is attended by all 
registrars whether in their hospital or general practice period. The programme consists of 
topics related to general practice which are often prepared by the registrar, discussions with 
hospital specialists and paramedical staff and other activities designed to obtain the maximum 
amount of learning. 

We hope that registrars will give their maximum enthusiasm to the scheme and their training. 
By the end of their three years, all registrars will have had a chance to develop their skills, 
knowledge and attitudes to enter general practice with confidence. We pride ourselves on 
running a happy scheme and often have social events to enhance the cohesiveness of the 
group - these may involve dinners, barbecues, sailing and canoeing!

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