Workforce, training and education
East of England

About the Scheme


We provide an enjoyable, high-quality scheme for General Practice training in a most attractive part of the country. We recognise the importance of achieving a balance between a sound academic education and an enjoyable quality of life. Over the years our GP trainees have come from a wide variety of backgrounds and gone on to achieve great things in their future careers.

Our three-year programme was one of the first to be introduced in this country in 1967. It offers an excellent rotation of hospital posts, and a high standard of training in a variety of teaching practices. An Educational Supervisor will be assigned throughout the 3 years; this will usually be the GP who is the trainer in the final year attachment. In addition you will be allocated a training programme director to support you through your training.Image

Every year we welcome our new starters with a team building session based off site.  Our new trainees will have an opportunity to meet their fellow GPST colleagues.  In previous years we have participated in a cricket match ,den building and undertaking a treasure hunt in Ipswich. As with most things Covid has meant we were unable to do this in 2020 but we have high hopes for 2021! This is an excellent way to integrate trainees into our programme and is enjoyed by all.

We aim to support our trainees both at work and with their personal life and as a result we attempt to allocate the rotation to the individual needs of each trainee. We will endeavor that your individual learning needs are addressed throughout the three years you are with us. We run a stimulating educational programme on Wednesdays.Image

Will I be supported to take the GP examinations?
All trainees  have to pass MRCGP to gain their CCT and our programme works towards this end. Overall the skills which will help you become a good GP are those which will also stand you in good stead for the exam. Materials are available to support private study and/or study groups and sessions are timetabled around knowledge, assessment and skills.

How are GP Trainees allocated to GP Practices?
As far as possible we aim to give trainees a mix of practice and trainer styles and practices are allocated when you join the programme. We have practices in all areas of east Suffolk, so trainees experience a wide diversity of attachment which they can share on the day release.

Less than full-time training
It may be possible to arrange less than fulltime training if circumstances require it, please contact your training programme director if you wish to investigate this option.

Programme Directors

Dr Samir Pai

The Leiston Surgery

Samir started in February 2019. He did his GP training in Ipswich and is a partner and educational supervisor(trainer) at Leiston Surgery.


Dr Jane Hill

Hadleigh Health Centre

Jane started in January 2017. She did her GP training in Berkshire and was previously a trainer and partner there. She is now an Associate Trainer and salaried GP at Hadleigh Health Centre.

Our Mission

To provide quality learner-centred education with first-rate GP Training Practices and hospital posts. To enthuse, challenge and inspire learners about a career in General Practice and help furnish them with the skills to function as a well-rounded, independent GP.

Why Choose Ipswich

Ipswich offers affordable housing, good schools and close proximity to the Suffolk coast which has been featured as one of the top 10 places to live in the country.


There is a vibrant nightlife developing around the old waterfront with many high quality restaurants and several clubs. Central London is close enough on the east coast line to visit if you need more. London is however far enough away, especially by road, to make daily commuting difficult from London.

There is a good shopping, with both national chains and many smaller more individual outlets, both in Ipswich itself and in nearby towns such as Woodbridge. Image

Depending on your interests Ipswich is sure to have something for you:

  • History from Vikings to Victorians via Romans.
  • Sport, from football to sailing and all points in between.
  • Theatre and the arts with 4 main venues in the town itself as well as several touring companies based locally, often attracting big names who live nearby.
  • Many local art galleries, perhaps you are a budding Constable or Gainsborough, both of whom have Suffolk connections; or even Vic Reeves who owns a gallery in town.
  • Wonderful natural resources, the fens and broads within easy reach, Orford Ness if birds are your thing, Aldeburgh and Southwold if it's the sea and celebrity spotting that do it for you.

For more information visit: Image

Accomodation at the hospital
Tuesday, 16 July, 2019
Make this a News Item?: 
Show Between Dates: 
Tuesday, 16 July, 2019