General PracticeGPs are expert medical generalists who provide the first point of contact with the NHS for most people in their communities. They may deal with any medical problem, from cradle to grave, and by providing continuity of care to their patients, families, and communities, they contribute hugely to keeping the nation healthy.
Crawley & East Surrey Hospital General Practitioner Specialist Training Scheme
Historically there was a scheme based at Crawley Hospital and another scheme at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill. With the merger of the two trusts in 2000 it became clear that the service reconfiguration meant that the schemes should merge.
The large number of doctors on the scheme means that there is a full day of educational activity during term time with the doctors who are in General Practice, ST3 trainees attending on a Wednesday morning. After a brief lunch the ST3s leave and ST1 and ST2 doctors whose hospital rotations allow them time to attend join for afternoon teaching. Because of service commitments and other departmental based teaching it is recognised that this may be sporadic attendance.
CRESH GPSTS day release course – What is it for?
- To act as a bridge between hospital based practice and the more independent working as a General Practitioner.
- To develop clinical and inter personal skills fit for the purpose of independent general medical practice.
- Awareness and attainment of knowledge and skills above and beyond those required for the nMRCGP.
- Development of a strategy to cope with the demands of primary care.
- Managing change
- Lifelong adult learning
- Personal Learning plans
- Building a support network
Why have a Day Release as well as tutorials in the Practice?
- Shared experiences and a broader perspective
- Peer support including dealing with feelings and emotions
- Rehearsal (role play)
- The opportunity to be yourself
- Time to reflect
- Specialist resources
The GPSTS can also cover areas that the Trainer finds difficult to deal with in the tutorial.
CRESH Practices and location
CREH VTS Program directors
Dr Terry Conaty
Prior to my appointment as Programme Director I have been involved with the local PCG and PCT and with the InPS computer user group. I am married to Clare who has retired from her role as a teacher at a school in Reigate and have two children who have recently completed their university educations.
Dr Anita Raina
Dr Pippa Woolner
I live in Reigate with my husband and our young daughter and son. I enjoy the diversity of general practice and the challenge of juggling this with family life. My hobbies include tennis and discovering good restaurants.
Dr Mike Waldron
I have had a colourful career which may give an insight to my personality or perhaps more to the fact that I juggle my career with running a home and managing three teenage sons and a mad Yorkshire Terrier.
I took a three year career break in 2001 to spend time perfecting my tennis and Spanish in Miami , and came back to work part-time as a salaried GP at Tilgate Surgery in Crawley, and more recently in Smallfield Surgery.
I rediscovered my love of teaching and learning when I took on the role of GP Tutor for East Surrey in 2005, and then Programme Director in August 2006.
My other professional interests include my work as an appraiser, QOF assessor, and more recently, as a member of the Commissioning Board for ESCCG.