The Course

The Course 

The Broadlands GP Specialty Training Programme (GPSTP) began in 1972. The Programme was redesigned in Autumn/|Winter of 2006/07, to reflect changing national regulations and the introduction of the new General Practice curriculum.

The three year rotations will all offer 18 months in General Practice and 18 months in hospital posts. The hospital posts are a combination of 3 & 6 month placements. The following hospital posts are available:-

  • General Medicine with Geriatrics 6 months 
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 6 months 
  • Paediatrics 6 months 
  • Accident & Emergency 6 or 3 month 
  • Psychiatry 3 month 
  • ENT 3 month 
  • Ophthalmology 3 month 
  • Orthopaedics 3 month 

Following appointment to the Programme you will be offered rotations taking into account previous experience. These rotations have a varied combination and sequence of posts.

All General Practice Specialty Training Reegistrars (GPSTRs) are required to sit MRCGP. Training will take account of the new curriculum and arrangements for completing the various components of the MRCGP. All GPStRs will have a contract and educational agreement for each component of their training.

Clinical skills based on problem solving 

  • Managing everyday diseases and emergencies by making sound clinical and managerial decisions 
  • Thinking clearly - analysing information and evidence and coming to considered judgments 
  • Identifying options and choosing between those options 
  • Learning to be flexible and to cope with uncertainty

Organisational aspects of General Practice 

  • Understanding current GP issues 
  • Understanding the role of other primary health care team members 
  • Management and business of GP - including PCTs 
  • How social conditions and cultural factors affect a patient's disease and how it presents 
  • Applying preventative measures, health education and health promotion 


  • Communicating well: verbally and non-verbally 
  • Expressing ideas with lucidity and clarity 
  • Showing compassion, empathy and sensitivity 
  • Understanding and using consultation models 

Professional Values 

  • Being aware of the importance of our own values and attitudes
  • Basing clinical behaviour on rational evidence, forming opinions that are not prejudiced 
  • Recognising the patient's autonomy and the significance of patient-centred and doctor-centred working styles
  • Expressing views which are not dogmatic or arrogant 
  • Tolerating the views of others: patients, their relatives, and colleagues 
  • Considering moral, ethical and medico-legal issues 

The Doctor as a person 

  • Learning to self-appraise 
  • Knowing your limitations and performing safely, knowing when it is necessary to seek help or refer 
  • Being receptive to new ideas and approaches; understanding change and how to manage it 
  • Staying positive about your work, surviving personal and professional stress by using