General practitioners

There are a number of general practice vocational training scheme (GPVTS) posts in NELFT. These posts cover a range of specialties such as Psychiatry and Elderly care, Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Waltham forest, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Pan Essex.

Training courses

NELFT offers a monthly postgraduate training programme for GPVTS, to foster a better understanding of the psychiatric examination and assessment, and of the specific challenges in psychiatry including in complex clinical presentation, psychopharmacology, management plans in acute and non-acute settings.

GPVTS are expected to attend a regular Balint Group to familiarise themselves with the concepts of transference, countertransference, team dynamics.

Regular simulation training will provide opportunity for peer, role player and facilitator feedback. GPVTS will be encouraged to attend their local teaching as well.

Teaching time is protected and all senior trainees are encouraged to take advantages of internal and external training opportunities.

GPVTSs will be part of the bleep holder roster so they can acquire a better understanding and knowledge of psychiatric emergencies.

Induction

GPVTS trainees joining NELFT will receive an induction programme detailing the essential aspects of a psychiatric examination, details about the structure of the trust and the on-calls, leave and study leave arrangement, work place-based assessments, psychotherapy, ECT, CAMHS guidance.

Simulation training

Simulation training is offered to all new trainees entering psychiatry to prepare for their day-to-day practice and provide opportunity for peer, role player and facilitator feedback before taking part in the on-call shift rota.
GPvts will be encouraged to attend their local teaching as well. Teaching time is protected and all are encouraged to take advantages of internal and external training opportunities.

Teaching

GPVTS will have the opportunity to present a complex case and a research paper to their peer group, and to provide teaching and guidance to junior colleagues and medical students.