The scheme seeks to deliver a varied programme for GP training with the opportunity to experience hospital posts based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Bodelwyddan and General Practice posts located in rural and urban locations within the area.
Hospital posts include general psychiatry, old age psychiatry, emergency medicine, paediatrics and rheumatology.
A half-day release course runs weekly every Thursday morning during academic term time based in the Postgraduate Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. It aims to provide a needs based curriculum for GP trainees covering topics of particular relevance for GP training and the Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) Examination.
The scheme also regularly provides teaching aimed at ensuring success in the MRCGP and regularly features courses for General Practice related topics such as palliative care and communication skills, which are often shared with neighbouring GP Training Schemes.
The half-day sessions feature presentations by the trainees, group work, as well as formal teaching from medical and non-medical speakers, and outdoor team building events mostly utilising the natural landscape of the Vale of Clwyd and Snowdonia National Park. The scheme is based in a friendly District General Hospital (DGH) which encourages the formation of a supportive peer group and the size of the scheme makes it feasible for all trainees from ST1, ST2 and ST3 to be welcomed to the half-day release session.