Welcome to the section of the website that is specifically for trainees. We hope the following pages contain all the information you need to make the most of your GP specialty training. Health Education East of England (HEEoE) is not just a collection of people working in the (Local Education Training Board) LETB office, but includes everyone - training programme directors, trainers, associate trainers and not least trainees themselves - the focus of all our activities.

Specialty training for General Practice is about becoming a GP and aims to prepare the individual for providing high quality patient care in the community within the context of the current and future NHS. It includes helping trainee doctors acquire the knowledge and skills for working in traditional practices, both large and small, inner city and rural, in newer types of practice such as Walk in Centres, in the Out of Hours setting, and in prisons.

The GP Specialty Training Programmes in the East of England offer trainees high quality educational opportunities to help trainees achieve their CCT and so become independent practitioners in primary care.

Programmes are three year clinical programmes, with six places from 2011 on four year academic programmes based at the Universities of Cambridge or East Anglia (UAE).

Health Education East of England monitors the quality of all aspects of Specialty training for general practice through the GP School and its Board. It does this in partnership with the RCGP. Both Health Education East of England and the college are accountable to the GMC, the UK regulator.

It is necessary to gain competencies that are used in Out of Hours (OOHs). A variety of providers and contexts are approved by Health Education East of England and available for individuals, there is also the opportunity to move outside the training locality to gain different contexts of OOHs care.

HEEoE has an active Trainee Forum and strives to involve trainees in all our activities. We encourage representation on the School Board and invite trainees to participate in School visits to Programmes and Trusts as well as of course to be part of the HEEoE Trainee Forum. We also encourage trainees to be involved in their local RCGP faculties. For further information about any of these activities please contact HEEoE

A variety of courses and workshops take place throughout the region and beyond. Information about these can be found on our GP Calendar.


Trainee ePortfolio

Each new GP Specialist Trainee (GPST) is required to subscribe to the trainee e-portfolio. This is mandatory as it is the method of assessment for activities in the workplace and forms one third of the MRCGP exam. The best way to purchase the RCGP trainee e portfolio is to join the RCGP an Associate in Training (AiT) as it saves money to do so. This gives you access to a number of additional benefits including a magazine written by and intended for trainees, ‘Innovait’ and reduced fees for examinations and courses.

The ePortfolio is a tool which allows you to record personal learning and reflections on it. Entries can be discussed with clinical and educational supervisors, who can add feedback. It has links to training resources and is built around the GP curriculum. It enables the GPST to record evidence of progress along the training journey, collect and collate the evidence required for the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) as described in the Gold Guide, and for the RCGP Certification unit and GMC who will issue the final CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training). It can be retained after you qualify as a GP to be used for your continuing learning.

Less Than Full Time Training (LTFT)

LTFT working is welcomed in General Practice training. The first step is to talk to your Training Programme Director (TPD), start the application process and decide what percentage of hours you would like to work. This can usually be accommodated easily in a GP placement. For hospital placements, two trainees wishing to work at 60% LTFT are generally placed in a single hospital post in a job-sharing arrangement. Other arrangements will need to be individually discussed with the trust concerned. Your TPD is the best person to discuss this with.

Out of Programme Career Break (OOPC)

An OOPC relates to trainees who for personal reasons, request time out from their training programme. This may relate to illness, family caring responsibilities or other personal reasons. Normal approval lasts up to 1-2 years however may be longer in exceptional circumstances. Trainees must relinquish their National Training Number (NTN) if they take more than a 2 year break. Applications must be agreed by both the Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director before being submitted to HEEoE for Postgraduate Dean’s approval.

For additional information on OOP and to obtain an application form please click here.