Capacity & Structure

Capacity & Structure

The West Essex  (Harlow) GP Specialist Training Programme is approved by the Health Education East of England (HEEoE) GP School.

The training area incorporates Bishops Stortford to the north, Epping, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill in the south, Ongar in the south east, and Harlow in the centre. We are strategically positioned between Cambridge and London; with easy access by motorways M11 & M25 by air from Stansted Airport.  

The ST1 and ST2 hospital speciality posts are based in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and in the community. These include some Innovative Training Posts (ITP) where two sessions a week are in general practice.

The available posts comprise:  

  • Accident & Emergency (4)  
  • EAU (2)  
  • Elderly care Medicine (7)
  • Respiratory / Diabetes Medicine (1)  
  • Obstetric & Gynaecology (4)  
  • Paediatrics (4)  
  • Psychiatry (3)  
  • ENT/ Ophthalmology (1)
  • ENT (2)
  • Urology (1)
  • Orthopaedics (1)  
  • Dermatology/ Rheumatology ITP (1)  
  • Womens' Health/ Family Planning ITP (1)  
  • Palliative care medicine ITP (1)  


giving a wide variety of selection and exposure. The programme also caters for Flexible training in General Practice. Whilst we do not offer part-time training posts during the hospital placements, applicants wishing to work a 50:50 job share arrangement are welcome.  

The programme facilitates active, adult, problem based learning processes and encourages Trainee presentations, teaching and small group workshops. Communication skills and training in team working are promoted to the highest level. Regular practice examinations including clinical examinations, consultations/ communications and OSCEs are conducted to achieve high level pass rates in MRCGP, DCH & DRCOG examinations. We also support additional training in Minor Surgery/ Dermatology, Endoscopy, Ultrasonography, Women's Health. The residential course held each year facilitates a close relationship among Trainees and Trainers.

The General Practice Trainer network is active and enthusiastic; both full and associate trainers meet regularly at Trainers' Workshops to maintain and build on our high level of training.  

Our most recent GP School assessment visit generated a very positive report with high levels of satisfaction reported by learners