More information about the programme is available here

Available Specialties

Geriatric Medicine
Infectious Diseases
Obstetrics & Gynaecology 
Paediatrics Emergency Department
Paediatrics ENT
Palliative Medicine
Psychiatry – Community and Old Age
Respiratory Medicine
Spinal Injuries/ Rehabilitation Medicine
Stroke Medicine Paediatrics
Trauma & Orthopaedics

Calendar of GPSTP Events

Full details of GPSTP Events is available here.  


Sue Gumley

Sheffield GP Specialty Training Programme Administrator


Sarah Cuckson

Sheffield GP Specialty Training Programme Administrator



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Half Day Release

Attendance at the Day or Half Day Release training is expected of all trainees. Reasons for absence must be notified to the GPSTP Office and the relevant Programme Director(s) as soon as possible. You are required to attend a minimum of 80% of the total number of expected sessions in any training period.

Participation is expected in the release programme. It is understood that not all members of the programme will participate in the same way, but avoidance of involvement is not compatible with effective learning on the programme and will be discussed.

Locum Work

Registrars are generally advised not to undertake any Locum work whilst they are in training. This is a training programme, and time needs to be spent on study. Some registrars need extra support during their training, and some need extensions to their time in practice, notably if they fail MRCGP. Any registrar who does locum work in addition to their normal post may no longer be eligible for an extension to their training for whatever reason.

However if a trainee thinks that doing locum work will not compromise their training and the trainee is making satisfactory progress then they can choose to do this. Their Clinical Supervisor, ES and the GPSTP office should be informed. They should also inform their employer: trust if in hospital post, GP trainer if in practice.

The trainee should ensure that the additional work must not put them in breach of EWTD either the total hours or rest time regulations.


Three year training programmes comprise 18 months in General Practice (6 months in ST1 or ST2 and 12 months in ST3) and 18 months in Hospital based training posts, with a mix of 4 and 6 months duration.

The half day or day release Teaching Programme provides an opportunity to meet and learn with peers in a supportive and friendly environment and keep the focus of learning relevant for the trainee’s future career in General Practice.

Training Programmes

Alteration to Programmes

Acceptance of a place on the programme is acceptance of a 3 year training programme.
It may be necessary to alter the individual posts offered on an individual programme as post availability and the rules related to certification and approval of posts change. We will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate individual needs and preferences but it may not be possible to meet all such requests.


The programme has a high percentage or people on Less Than Full time Training (LTFTT) programmes. If your circumstances change and you wonder if you need to change to LTFTT you should initially discuss this with your Educational Supervisor and the Scheme Coordinator. To apply, please follow the HEE YH LTFT policy. 

The timing and availability of LTFT hospital posts is outside the control of the programme and occasionally there may be gaps between these. Slot shares of vacant full time hospital posts will be arranged for LTFT trainees.

Failure to take up a Post/Resignation from the Programme

Failure to take up or resignation from an individual post on the training rotation is effectively resignation from the programme as a whole.
Applicants who have previously completed part of a UK GP training programme/GP training programmeand resigned or been released will not be considered unless in extraordinary circumstances and they have a letter of support from either the PG Dean or GP Director of the Deanery in which they worked.
Unpaid time out of programme is possible and requires the approval of the Postgraduate Dean. This needs to be planned well in advance and applications must be submitted 12 months in advance - full information is available at

Programme Structure and Thursday Teaching

Programme Structure and Thursday Teaching

The Sheffield GP Specialty Training Programme is part of postgraduate training in the South Yorkshire region of Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber. (The other programmes in the locality are Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster.)

Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the programme are to help the trainees to:

  • be clinically competent;
  • have a broad awareness of primary health care issues;
  • have good communications skills;
  • have the ability to make changes in practice; and
  • to have good organisational skills.

Programme Philosophy

Doctors accepted onto the Sheffield GPSTP are expected to be responsible for their own learning in training practices and GPSTP groups. The emphasis is on holistic care, a broad awareness of issues (including political, social, psychological), and the doctor-patient relationship.

GP Specialty Training Programme

To qualify as an independent GP in the UK, you must undertake a 3 year GP Specialty Training Programme (GPSTP). In Sheffield, this comprises:

  • 6 months in GP and 6 months in an accredited hospital post in ST1
  • 3 x 4 months accredited hospital posts in ST2 or 2 6 month posts
  • 12 months in GP in ST3

To see more information about our GP and hospital training placements, please see GP Training Posts and Hospital Training Posts.

Trainees are allocated to a 3 year training programme by Health Education Yorkshire & The Humber  upon successful completion of selection centre assessment and accepting the offer of a training rotation.


Please Note

Training programmes are centrally administered by the Sheffield GPSTP Office.

Any trainee who wishes to investigate the possibility of changing their rotation should contact Sarah Cuckson to discuss further.