York GP Training Scheme

About York GPVTS

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The York GP Training Scheme has been running for over 30 years, being one of the original British training schemes, and so it has a wealth of experience to offer to aspiring young General Practitioners.

The scheme is centred on York but runs into some of the attractive surrounding villages. It also stretches North into the moors to the charming market town of Kirkbymoorside, South to Selby and East to Malton.

York VTS has a long tradition of excellence and innovation. There are a variety of posts to suit all learning needs. The excellent facilities of the York District Hospital offer a wide variety of GP ST posts, providing a combination of good experience and teaching.

And, finally there are over 30 varied practices to choose from in all sorts of locations. Over the years we have carefully established training practices in and around the area of York, with the specific purpose of offering our trainees a rich and mixed experience of General Practice as part of their training. From this, we aim to give all trainees the opportunity to work at three different GP practices.

Trainees on all rotations are invited to GP induction at the beginning of their scheme.

GP teaching
Trainees in ST1 and 2 on York rotations will experience the benefit of our highly valued Whole Day Release teaching program at York Hospital. The program covers all aspects of the GP Training curriculum including a structured teaching program on consultation skills. We have an excellent relationship with our secondary care colleagues who ensure our trainees are able to attend GP Teaching. Trainees in ST3 attend weekly half-day release programs at York Hospital. Trainees in GP in ST1 and 2 also attend these sessions. The HDR program includes teaching in all key specialty areas, presentation skills, ethics, leadership skills, minor surgery, and practice management. We run an annual Exit Course.

Educational supervision and training
All our GP Trainers are experienced GPs who are committed to offer an excellent standard of training. They are involved in supporting the GP Teaching program and providing educational supervision for our trainees. Trainees on both rotations have the opportunity to work at three different training practices. We aim to ensure this experience includes working with a female trainer (for Obstetric and Gynaecology experience) in a rural practice and in an inner-city practice.

We provide guidance and support to help trainees complete WBPA. The majority of our trainees pass their AKT and CSA first time.

Out of program experience
We support trainees if they wish to undertake an OOP experience between ST2 and ST3.

Less than full-time training
We have a large number of trainees completing their training less than full time and have an established system of supporting trainees in slot shares while completing their training in secondary care posts.


We encourage all applicants to think carefully before accepting a place on a scheme that is geographically remote from where they intend to live. Applicants should not give preference to rotations that are geographically unsuitable for them. However, be mindful that even the York-only scheme might include practices as far afield as Malton to the east, Kirkbymoorside to the north, and Selby to the south and Green Hammerton to the west.

Further information is available on our scheme website. Should you have any specific questions please contact the VTS admin office.

York and Coast map
York and Coast map

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