About The VTS
The VTS usually consists of approximately 15 trainees in each year group. We meet on Tuesday afternoons opposite St Thomas’ from 14:00 - 17:00 for a weekly educational half day release from hospital and GP posts.
This usually consists of an equal split of peer support and educational content, which varies from peer presentations to outside speakers. We do not meet during bank holiday weeks but have an annual Christmas dinner for all trainees. Unusually compared to other schemes we ensure all our trainees get released for the educational half day- even during the hospital posts (with the exception of the A&E posts). This means you really get to know other trainees on the scheme very well throughout the 3 years.
There are 2 residential away days each year held at either Bore Place in Kent or Cumberland Lodge within Windsor Great Park. These are ideal opportunities to meet, bond and network with your fellow trainees as well as cover some primary care related topics in detail. The friendly atmosphere of the scheme is enhanced by allocating each new ST1 a mentor from within the scheme (see above)
The Programme Directors have a varied career profile and so can provide diverse career advice. Many trainees qualifying from the scheme choose to carry on working within their training practice or in the surrounding area; though many wish to leave London having taken their unique experiences with them.
Applications to St Thomas' GP VTS are made annually via the London Deanery http://www.gprecruitment.org.uk/recruitment/assessment_process.htm
In order to become a GP in the UK, you need to have completed a minimum of 3 years vocational training and have passed the AKT (applied knowledge test), CSA (clinical skills assessment) & WPBA (work place based assessment). This is tested as a MCQ, OSCE type exam & e-portfolio respectively. Details are available via RCGPhttp://www.rcgp.org.uk/gp_training.aspx . Currently all GP trainees need to spend 18 months in general practice, with 18 months in hospital. We try to allocate trainees sensibly based on their previous experience. Currently we allocate trainees to 2 different practices (one for six months in ST2 year, and a different one for 12 months in ST3). Your educational supervisor will be allocated once you join the VTS and will, for continuity, generally be your ST3 GP trainer.
The administrator for the VTS is Ade Ikotun and he can be contacted for further questions firstname.lastname@example.org