GPST and TERS Opportunities in Essex – Apply Now!

Are you a junior doctor considering a future in general practice? How about taking your next step into GP Specialist Training in Essex?

With fantastic training schemes (and incentives offered) across the county and a number of highly performing GP Training practices – there’s a place in Essex to suit all trainee doctors with an interest in general practice.

GP Specialist Training in Essex

While there are GP training opportunities across the country, Essex is a unique place to live, train and work within the healthcare sector, due to its diverse patient population, fantastic support and additional development opportunities and of course its close proximity to London.Dr Keeble

Applications for GP Specialist Training takes place from 30th July to 15th August – don’t delay, get in touch today to discuss your options and for guidance with applications.

Click here to apply for training and read more about application eligibility.

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme

There’s never been a better time to come to train and work as a GP in Essex…

You may already be aware of the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS), a collaboration between NHS England, Health Education England, Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association.

The scheme seeks to provide support to areas of the country that have had difficulty recruiting doctors for whatever reason within the last three years, providing joint funding in order to incentivise candidates. The initiative offers a one-off payment of £20,000 to GP trainees who are prepared to commit to working within roles in those ‘less popular’ geographical areas.

The scheme, and the encouraging effect of its funding, intends to reduce the pressure on practices who have experienced difficulties in recruitment and in doing so, improves the level of patient care within those regions.

There are currently 18 TERS posts within the East of England, for placements commencing in August 2019, including 6 within the Colchester & Ipswich training programme. You can find out more about the Scheme on the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme in England FAQs for GP Applicants (2019-20).

Click here to visit the HEE website for more information about TERS – or visit our vacancies page to browse live GP roles in Essex.

Keep an eye on social media with the hashtag #ChooseGP for all the latest news and information.

Locations of Training Schemes within Essex

Colchester VTS – North East EssexShutterstock 1088475194

The Colchester & Tendring GP Specialist Training programme looks to support its trainees both personally and professionally as they grow and develop towards their new role.

Hospital placements, which can include multiple specialisms, are undertaken at either Colchester General Hospital or Clacton & District General Hospital. Practice placements will take place in practices either directly within Colchester or elsewhere within the surrounding area of Tendring.

Colchester is an ideal option for candidates who wish to live in a town, rich in history, set amongst beautiful countryside – only a stone’s throw away from Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Beauty, the region that inspired Constable.

Chelmsford VTS – Mid Essex

The Chelmsford General Practice Specialist Training Programme aims to produce flexible training rotations to suit your individual needs to ensure a varied and enjoyable training experience.

Hospital placements are undertaken at Broomfield Hospital, a rapidly developing hospital with excellent library and study facilities, which can offer placements in a wide range of departments. Practice placements are within one of a number of high standard practices either within Chelmsford city centre itself or in the surrounding areas, as far as Braintree and Southminster.

Recent achieving city status, Chelmsford may be for you if you’re after a vibrant location that offers true variety – from a bustling town centre, to a variety of parks – with convenient transport links to the coast and the capital.

Harlow VTS – West EssexGreater Anglia Train

The West Essex scheme prides itself on a friendly, welcoming scheme to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of their trainees to prepare them for general practice.

If you join this programme, you will be based at The Princess Alexandra Hospital and will spend your general practice training within one of 15 excellent and committed practices within west Essex.

Harlow and West Essex is a great location for candidates who hope to enjoy the suburbs but still wish to be very much connected by road and rail to London (only 30 minutes away), Cambridge and beyond.

Basildon VTS – South West Essex

The Basildon training scheme aims to deliver high quality medical education with the aim to ensure this will benefit not only the trainees but also the wider workforce as well as patients.

Like the other schemes, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals offer placements within a variety of specialties including Psychiatry, A&E, Paediatrics and more. There are 12 training practices across the region, some offering spots for multiple trainees at a time.

Basildon and its surrounding area can offer candidates great transport links to London and the wider county, affordable accommodation and a wide variety of leisure facilities.

Southend VTS – South East Essex

The Southend GPST programme offers a wide variety of excellent hospital posts and GP placements for trainees to broaden their skills and experience whilst forming lasting relationships with their peers and trainers.

The TPDs and Admin team within the Southend scheme are keen to help trainees around their individual needs.  The scheme runs a lot of exam prep and simulations to help their trainees pass their exams. The yearly developmental day (previously known as residential) is an event that is eagerly awaited – this year they had celebrity and guest speakers and the feedback was excellent.Leigh On SeaJPG

Hospital placements take place in one of Southend’s University Hospitals, offering a great number of specialties to choose from. Trainees will also be placed into one of 12 excellent training practices in Southend and surrounding towns of Westcliff, Leigh on Sea and more.

Southend is an ideal option for candidates wishing to live in a popular, buzzing seaside location, whilst enjoying the opportunities that living only 30 miles from London can provide.

Full hospital and practice details for your region of interest can be found on the HEE website.


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