About the Programme
The Chelmsford General Practice Specialist Training Programme is based at Broomfield Hospital with some GP specialist training posts based at The Linden Centre, The Crystal Centre and Farleigh Hospice. Specialist training posts exist in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Care of the Elderly, Medicine, Accident & Emergency, ENT, Respiratory Medicine, Acute General Medicine and Psychiatry.
Our aim is to produce flexible rotations to suit individual needs. The three year rotation culminates with the year in General Practice where you will continue your learning and take the MRCGP exams, passing which, will allow you to practice as a General Practitioner. Throughout the three years of the Scheme, trainees attend the half-day educational teaching based at the Medical Academic Unit (MAU) at Broomfield Hospital on Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm.
The programme is varied and enjoyable, ranging from traditional medical topics to alternative medicine and debate on current political issues in the NHS. In September there is a 'One Day Away Teaching Course', presently held at Hylands House, Writtle. The content of the course varies according to needs and demand, but is always great fun and there is time to explore the facilities.
Chelmsford has a thriving GP specialty training scheme and is currently supported by 18 excellent local training practices. I have been a Training Programme Director at this GPST scheme since 2011. As a GP, I understand the value of the Primary Care clinician and the significant role General Practice plays in the modern NHS. As an educator, it is my primary goal to facilitate learning in supportive environments, whether this is in Primary or Secondary care settings. I am keen to nurture the next generation of engaged, hard-working, innovative and robust GPs in order to sustain everything that is good about the NHS and to help us strive for even better service provision in the future.
After working in hospitals for many years I completed GP Training in London Deanery and joined Mount Chambers Surgery, Braintree as a GP Partner in 2005. I have been working as a GP Trainer since 2011. I am experienced in mentoring doctors, supporting trainees and doctors in difficulty and am mindful about the problems International Medical Graduate trainees may face.
As a TPD I am committed to improving and delivering high quality training through supportive environment, encouraging multi professional learning and teaching to keep trainees motivated and help them achieve their goals. I will also endeavour to encourage trainees to work as GPs in our locality to help primary care thrive and flourish.
I am a GP Partner and Educational Supervisor at Whitley House Surgery in Chelmsford and joined the Chelmsford scheme as a TPD in 2020. I did my undergraduate training and started my career in Manchester. In 2010 we fancied a change in scenery and moved to Chelmsford. I completed my GP Training as part of the Chelmsford VTS scheme and have lived in the area ever since.
I like to bring my interests, both medical and personal, to GP Training and share my passion for General Practice.
Having grown up locally in Chelmsford, I returned to the area after completing GP training on the Manchester programme in 2016 and I am now a Portfolio GP at Freshwell Surgery, Finchingfield. I developed an interest in medical education during a Post-CCT fellowship and became a GP Trainer in 2020. Additionally I have worked supporting a network of First5 GPs in Mid Essex and was also part of the Next Generation GP Team running a leadership programme for Essex, Herts and Suffolk GPs and registrars.
Hannah Cotton – I have been the Administrator for the Programme since April 2014, I previously worked in admin for a Property Firm and Legal Firm in London. I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday.
Jenny Mock - I joined the Programme in August 2016 as a full time administrator. I previously worked at Chelmsford City Council within the Leisure and Community department.