How Half Day Release works

How Half Day Release Works

GP Training Education Sessions - Half Day Release

Since 2010 education sessions have been rationalised to offer trainees education that is the most relevant to their level of training. With this in mind, the trainee group is split into three groups:

  • Group A - ST1 and ST2 secondary care posts
  • Group B - Any GP posts in ST1 and ST2
  • Group C - GP posts in ST3

Group A

This group is made up of all trainees currently in hospital posts from ST1 and ST2. The hospital has agreed to release all trainees for one full day per month to attend these sessions. There are 10-12 per year.

There is a two year rolling programme of topics, mapped to the curriculum, and flexible enough to include input from the current cohort of trainees.

The sessions are led by a Trainer with the aid of appropriate resources and are based at York Hospital on the second Wednesday of each month.

Group B

This group is made up of all trainees currently in general practice posts from ST1 and ST2.

They attend monthly sessions with Group A, but in addition have two half day sessions on Wednesday afternoons at the Postgraduate Medical Centre at York Hospital and also at the 16th century York Medical Society rooms on Stonegate, in the heart of York. The sessions utilise the lecture theatre and comfortable sitting room, first used by the first York Medical School several centuries ago.

These sessions are mapped to the curriculum and the trainees are provided with a rolling programme of topics, to allow them to choose those topics most relevant to their stage of learning.

These sessions are trainee-led and trainer facilitated.

Group C

This group is comprised of those ST3 GPs in their final year of training.

They meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons at Postgraduate Medical Centre at York Hospital and York Medical Society Rooms. The first hour of each session is a Balint-type group which allows trainees to bring their personal experiences of General Practice to the group, and this is facilitated by one of the Programme Directors.

The remaining two hours of the session is topic-based and trainee-led with facilitation by a trainer. The group is responsible for choosing its own topics, based on a list mapped to the curriculum. Two trainees will be responsible for planning each session and liase with a nominated trainer who will assist with the planning. Each topic will have a list of resources and suggestions for learning.

How Half Day Release Works

How to get the best out of Half Day Release

The sessions are planned for you. They help you share ideas with fellow trainees, learn with experts and qualified GPs, and cover areas of the curriculum that you may not get a chance to cover in general practice or secondary care.

The sessions are part of your timetabled paid work so attendance is compulsory. You are expected to attend at least 80% of your HDR sessions as part of your training. Please attend on time and stay for the full session, this is not only expected but courteous to your colleagues and the facilitator. If you can’t attend please call Bev on 6572 to inform her why.

If you are hungry, uncomfortable, tired, hot or cold then you are less likely to get the most out of the session.

If you have issues regarding work or home life that are distracting you, you are less able to get the most out of the session. If they are work issues try and talk things through with a colleague before the session starts. Be aware that worries at home will impact on your learning so try to stay focused.

Take an active part in the group. Contribute and listen to others ideas.

There are many ways to learn. Everyone has there own preferred learning style. If you are planning a session it’s very important to plan how the session is run. A lecture might be relaxing and easy to organise but people tend to learn more when the learning is interactive and related directly to work; e.g. case based discussion.

It helps to take a note of what the subject is the week before so you can be thinking about specific questions and needs you may have.

It may help your learning if you come to the session with the question in mind ‘what do I want to learn as a result of my learning today’.

Don’t forget to summarise your learning in your learning log on your e-portfolio and include any unmet needs in your PDP (sometimes sessions do raise more questions than provide answers!).

We do read the feedback sheets and they help us to plan future sessions so your comments are valued.

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