What is the Transition Project?

The full title is ‘The Transition into The Workforce Project’. We have secured 18 months funding to offer extra support to our International Medical Graduates (IMGs), to allow smooth transition into GP training and into the GP workforce, hopefully in the East of England!

What are the project goals?

The purpose of the project is to make the East of England the best place to train as a GP.

We greatly value the diversity of our GP trainees and want everyone to have equal opportunity to pass their exams and assessments.

Who is it for?

Any GP trainee joining an HEEoE training program from February 2020, whose primary medical qualification was not in the UK. If you have already worked in the UK prior to GP training we would still very strongly encourage you to accept the support on offer.

What does it involve?

We are putting together a holistic package of support which will start early in ST1:

All workshops and other interventions will be delivered virtually for the foreseeable future.


The Team and contact information


Paul Wright. Clinical Lead 
Associate Post Graduate Dean - paul.wright1@hee.nhs.uk

Julie White. Project Lead - Julie.White@suffolk.nhs.uk

Robert Deo. Project Administrator - r.deo@nhs.net



How does this fit in with the ‘normal’ program of training and the Professional Support and Wellbeing Service (PSW)?

The Transition Project (TP) is additional and complimentary to your normal training. It is also independent of the PSW support, though again our services are complimentary. You are encouraged to access PSW as well if needed.

How will I hear about the training sessions?

The TP team will email you at least 6 weeks in advance of all sessions, and the link to virtual training will be sent a few days before. Please see the following 2021 Training Programme calendar which outlines when the Training Days take place:

ST1 - You need to attend Training Days 1, 2, 3, 4 in your first year
ST2 - You need to attend Training Days 5, 6, 7, 8 in your second year

For details on the content of each Training Day, please contact Robert Deo -  r.deo@nhs.net

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Do I need to request study leave?

Yes. You will need to request study leave according to your local policies for all training sessions. All training is free to you, so you will not need to request any funding.

What if I don’t want to be involved?

We hope that won’t happen! We are offering you a bespoke package of education and support with the aim of allowing you to achieve your full potential in GP training, increasing exam success and facilitating you to become the best GP possible. Who would refuse that!!!

Can I get more involved?

Please do! We have a team of very enthusiastic GP Fellows working with us and already one ST1 trainee. If you are interested in offering help, please talk to one of the TP team.

Why is the Transition Project just for International Medical Graduates?

Statistics for many years show that as a group Drs who did not graduate in the UK find all 3 assessments in GP training (the 2 exams and work place based assessments) more challenging. This is not unique to GP training, it is seen in all medical training, and in other countries. The causes are very complex but are absolutely NOT about ability or any other deficiency. Some of the causes relate to working in a different culture, differences in learning and teaching, language and social language, separation from support networks and many others. In the East of England we greatly value cultural diversity and we are determined to work to reverse this trend. Smaller group differences are also seen in UK graduates from a BAME background, so if any BAME trainees want to benefit from this additional training please contact one of the project team.

What are your responsibilities?

We have put a great deal of time and funding into developing this holistic package of support. We very much hope you will enjoy it and benefit from it so that you do achieve your full potential. We would request that you:

  • Ensure we have an up to date email address.
  • Respond to emails promptly.
  • Attend as much of the training as possible in order to gain the most benefit.
  • Request study leave early for all training.
  • Cancel in good time to allow someone else the opportunity to take your place if you are unable to attend any session you have booked
  • Ensure you do any pre-course work required. You will be emailed with details if this is required.
  • Fill in feedback after every training session. This is vital for us to be able to plan, and if necessary, improve future training.
  • Enjoy being part of the Transitional Project community and help us to help you!
Resources - Working in the NHS


Resources - The Consultation and Communication Skills
  • Patient centred consultation This short video is directed at Pharmacists consulting but is useful to help understand "the patient centred model" of consulting used in general practice
Resources - Reflection/Reflective Learning
Resources - Conditions & Explanations to Patients
Resources - Dermatology
Resources - Mental Health
Resources - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Resources - Paediatrics
Resources - Physiotherapy
Resources - Prescribing
Resources - Training and Assessments
Resources - Guidelines & E-learning
  • https://www.gp-update.co.uk - the Red Whale group organise webinars and event days to summarise all useful updated guidance for primary care. Attending one of their event days is possible as a trainee. This then provides you with access to the online learning. Great resource for preparing AKT exam, especially the Cancer Referral criteria pathways (2WW rules).
  • https://cks.nice.org.uk/#?char=A - Official NICE guidance for all conditions with diagnosis/investigations/management offered in well organised structure and with all evidence base used by NICE to formulate the up to date guidance on best practice. VERY USEFUL day-to-day in any placement as a trainee, but also long term as GPs.
  • https://www.e-lfh.org.uk - all mandatory e-learning modules available are from this website.
  • https://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/ RCGP e-learning. Free topical and relevant learning modules available to all trainees.
  • https://new-learning.bmj.com/ BMJ online learning modules. This requires registration and subscription. Useful for examinations and clinical skills.
Resources - GMC Guidance
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