General practitioners

NELFT provides a number of GPVTS training posts in both inpatient and community mental health.

The trust covers a large diverse population. GP training posts in NELFT are based in one the four boroughs of: Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham and Havering. We are well served well by the Central and District Lines, TfL rail and Overground. The Trust has a focus on agile working and all trainees are provided laptops with ability to work from home or other community sites.

NELFT have links with a number of academic institutions including University College London, Queen Mary University and Bart’s and The London School of Medicine. Trainees have close relationships with the medical education and management team and we have a well attended and active Junior Doctors Forum and Local Negotiating Committee

On calls

The trust operates three resident on call rotas,covering Goodmayes Hospital, King George’s and Queen’s, Woodbury and Whipps Cross. During a 6 month post you will spend 3 months each on two of these rotas and will be supported by an on call SPR and Consultant.


A full induction will be provided on starting with NELFT, including simulation training on clinical scenarios and psychiatric emergencies

Clinical Supervision

This is provided on a weekly basis with your consultant to discuss any clinical issues or training needs you require. You will need to come prepared with areas you want to develop, cases which you want to understand more fully or even for work place based assessments (WPBA).


As well as your own weekly GPVTS teaching, you will have the opportunity to attend weekly Wednesday afternoon teaching. The first Wednesday of the month will be at Barts Hospital, and the rest at either the Jane Atkinson Health & Wellbeing Centre in Waltham Forest, or Fords Sports and Social Club in Ilford. As part of the teaching you will have the opportunity to attend Balint group (twice monthly). There is also a monthly on call club.

We also offer a monthly teaching session specifically for GP trainees, which is led by higher trainees in psychiatry.

Teaching Opportunities

The Trust provides placements for 2nd and 4th year students from Queen Mary University London and Barts and The London and Physician Associate students from Queen Mary’s. You will have the opportunity to provide teaching sessions to students placed with your team. There is also the opportunity to provide teaching sessions to Foundation year trainees based at NELFT