The Barnsley Specialty Training Scheme for General Practice provides GP registrars with a tailor-made package of educational and personal support to enable them to develop into confident, competent and well-balanced general practitioners. Our aim is to enable new GPs to attain the highest standards of care for their patients, whilst maintaining a satisfying family and personal life.


Available Specialties

A & E
Elderly Medicine
General Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Orthopaedic Surgery
Palliative Care


The Programme Directors are Jodie Lockwood, Helen Morris and Stuart Vas.  Please contact us if you would like an informal chat about the scheme or if you would like to visit the Training Practices.

Please feel free to ask for names of our current registrars who you can approach for a confidential chat about the scheme.  Your peers will be able to give you an honest assessment of how we are running the scheme.


Night life in and around Barnsley is alive and kicking, and for those with more classical tastes, Sheffield and Leeds boast excellent theatres and opera houses and are in easy striking distance. There is also wonderful countryside and numerous attractions suitable for young families and those keen on sporting/outdoor activities.


The Barnsley Vocational Training Scheme aims to provide an educational package and personal support to enable Doctors to develop into confident and competent General Practitioners.

The first GP trainer in Barnsley was a Dr Richard Crookes (1777-1845). He ran a training practice on Church Street, Barnsley. He is recorded as "a Great Swearer" whose apprentices "were regularly beaten with a walking stick". We like to think that our training methods have become more enlightened since then. (Although having one Programme Director with Tourette’s doesn’t help!) Barnsley training practices operate in a broad range of settings (small and large group practices; urban and rural practices) but each one has a GP trainer who is committed to providing good quality education.

The half day release programme is central to the scheme.  Friendships offer each other mutual support and self-directed learning.  For the Registrar in a hospital post it maintains a link with general practice training (and sanity!)  For the Registrar in General Practice it provides a forum where problems in General Practice can be discussed in a supportive.

Study leave and attendance at educational courses is encouraged.  We have introduced a two-day residential course for all Registrars on the scheme.  This runs every February/March and provides an opportunity to get away from hospital and the practice and look into important topics in more depth.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for social bonding (judging by last years bar bill!).  There are also opportunities for social events such as kart racing, greyhound racing, bowling etc. These social events provide an informal way for our Registrars to get to know each other, the Programme Directors and trainers.