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Lincolnshire Programme

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Lincolnshire as a county is scenically and geographically varied and attractive and includes the Lincoln escarpment on which the beautiful medieval Cathedral stands, the North Lincolnshire Wolds, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and the extensive beaches of the coastal strip. The Lincolnshire Programme is one of the oldest in the country and offers excellent personal training for General Practice. We are a well-established friendly training programme with a high standard of teaching designed to meet group and individual needs. It has a mixture of urban and rural training practices which allows for a diverse experience of primary care.

Lincolnshire successfully mixes 2000 years of heritage with a lively arts and events programme. Family life in Lincolnshire is more pleasant and less expensive on a national scale (including housing), with good primary and secondary education.

GPStRs think highly of the Programme and many of them have gone on to practise locally on completion of their training. We have highly motivational Trainers and Programme Directors, and benefits from a wide choice of excellent training practices are available, including rural dispensing practices in village locations or small market towns and urban practices. Full training and support is given for nMRCGP assessment, and the programme actively supports DGM, DCH, DRCOG and has an excellent pass rate for all those who have sat exams.

The programmes comprise of 20 months in general practice posts and 16 months in 4 of the following hospital specialties: A & E, Paediatrics, Elderly Care, O & G, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Psycho geriatrics, Acute Medicine and Trauma & Orthopaedics. Hospital based posts cover Lincolnshire Psychiatry NHS Trust and all three sites of United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust which include Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, Grantham Hospital.

Within Lincolnshire there are two main areas, Lincoln and Boston.

Boston 

The Education Centre-based teaching is either half day (for ST1 and ST2 GPRs) or whole day release (ST3s). The emphasis of the teaching varies according to the stage of training. There is an emphasis throughout on developing communication skills. Knowledge-based topics tend to be the main focus of GPRs in their first 2 years providing the basis for success in the AKT element of MRCGP. ST3s will join the Lincoln-based GPRs on their fortnightly whole day teaching includes teaching to enhance success in the CSA followed by sessions aimed at preparing the GPR for independent practice once they qualify. This is based alternately at Lincoln or Boston Education Centres.

Registrars have an opportunity to attend a 2 day residential course in both ST1 and ST2 years. These are educational, informative and sociable.  Various members of the Programme attend the Residential – Trainers, Registrars, Programme Directors and Programme Manager/Secretary – creating an opportunity for social and educational interaction across the year groups.

If you have any queries on the Boston area you should contact Avis Staff, Programme Manager on 01205 364801 ext. 5340 (direct line: 01205 445340) or Avis.Staff@ulh.nhs.uk.

Please also visit our website at http://www.ulh.nhs.uk/for_staff/education_and_training/gp_training_programme/boston/

Lincoln

An introductory residential course is held each year for new Registrars on the programme and there is a regular and varied programme of postgraduate education based at the well-equipped Postgraduate Education Centre within Lincoln County Hospital. A comprehensive half-day release course is run throughout the 3 year programme. The subjects discussed cover a wide variety of topics in preparation for entry into General Practice.

The Lincoln Programme enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with Trainees and Trainers from RAF Cranwell, providing a different perspective on medicine for all concerned.  RAF Trainees participate in our Half-day Release Programme and their Trainers actively attend our Trainers'  Workshop meetings.  Our ST3s also make a visit to the Medical Centre at RAF Cranwell, gaining both an invaluable insight into caring for Service dependants (as many GPs in Lincolnshire do) and  into the role of Civilian Medical Practitioner as a career option.

Annual Study Days on Dermatology and Safeguarding Children are presented by expert resources, and our ST3s undertake approximately 8 allocations to Dermatology Clinics.

For further details on the Lincoln area you should contact Val Irons, 01522 573875 or Val.Irons@ulh.nhs.uk or visit the website at http://www.ulh.nhs.uk/for_staff/education_and_training/gp_training_programme/lincoln/