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General Practice Specialty Training

The East Kent General Practice Specialty Training (GPST) is a three-year programme, with two years spent out in General Practice (GP) and one year within a hospital setting in East Kent. The General Practice placements are set across surgeries in East Kent and incorporate working with GP/CArt (Complex Acute Response Team); GP/ENT; GP/Dermatology; GP/ MSK: GP/O&G; GP/Palliative GP/Community Paeds; GP/Frailty. There is also an option to cover a GP Integrated Training Post in CLIPH (Clinical Leadership in Commissioning) which prepares GPSTs for a future role of understanding and actively engaging in commissioning. The hospital training is delivered between Kent & Canterbury Hospital (K&CH), Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital, Margate (QEQMH), William Harvey Hospital, Ashford (WHH), and Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care partnership Trust (KMPT). 

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Primary Care Department at HEE have been producing podcasts about GP training and the GP Educator Pathway. Please follow the link here to access.

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Why train and learn in this specialty at East Kent?

East Kent makes a great place to learn; the scheme provides plenty of opportunities to experience a wide variety of specialties, whilst small enough to know that your own actions are making a difference. Dedicated and enthusiastic GP Programme Directors, GP Educational Supervisors and multi-professional teams across a wide range of clinical settings provide excellent clinical and educational supervision, support and guidance. The scheme offers a comprehensive teaching programme in general practice related topics. The region is big enough and diverse enough in population to provide the widest range in learning experiences in all settings. 


East Kent is a brilliant place to live. It’s an eclectic and charming mix of new and old, with both modern retail and leisure complexes, mixed with rustic heritage streets, towns and villages steeped in history including castles and cathedrals. We are lucky to have the coast on our doorstep with plenty of country walks, as well as forests to get lost in and beautiful countryside with rolling hills and sheer cliffs. 

Photo showing the White Cliffs coastline of Dover

What our students and trainees say

"East Kent has a vibrant, supportive and diverse staff community. There is a sponsored Medilead programme which teaches leadership skills to trainees. The surrounding area is blessed with good schools, affordable housing, lots of parks and greenery. I am immensely proud of my decision to join East Kent VTS."

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Q. How easy is it to travel to/from Kent?

A. London St Pancras is situated 55 minutes away by the high-speed rail link from Canterbury West. By car, the journey to the M25 ring road takes 45 minutes. There is also easy access to Europe via the Channel Tunnel and Dover's Ferry port.

Q. Will I need a car/be able to drive?

A. Ideally, yes as most of the GP practice placements are out in the community/rural areas. However, there are good public transport links in general.