WHAT OUR TRAINEES SAY

"Bristol is a superb place to complete GP training. Not only is the training well set up by an organised admin team, but the jobs are well supported and cover a wide range of great specialities. Further more, there is flexibility within training to pursue your own interests. For me, as Central leadership scholar this has opened new opportunities in management and life style medicine, within General Practice working.  Outside of medicine, I have been supported in my decision to take shared parental leave in order to spend important time with my daughter. Bristol is an excellently vibrant city with lots to do and a great launch pad for trips to Cornwall/Devon and South Wales. I couldn’t recommend it enough."  EG -  2017 GPST Committee Vice Chair Severn Deanery & Central Leadership Scholar 

"Bristol is a great place to train as a GP. I’ve had the opportunity to work in semi-rural and inner city practices, seeing a diverse range of patients. There are high quality weekly teaching sessions and the support surrounding the AKT and CSA exams is fantastic. The Bristol team are well organised and structured my placements so I could take shared parental leave.

I was fortunate enough to do a Leadership and Education one year extension of training. This has given me the opportunity to develop links with local universities, CCGs and Training Hubs. I have been able to develop my own projects and interests, encouraging and supporting all healthcare professionals to work in primary care." AM- Leadership and Education ST4 2019

“I have had a fantastic training experience as a Bristol Academic GP trainee. The GP programme team has been incredibly flexible in helping to ensure I could get the most out of my training. I was encouraged and enabled to attend all additional training opportunities. I was well supported in the challenge of balancing my research and clinical time, and when I needed to work less than full time to cover childcare commitments this was arranged without difficulty. My development as a clinician and researcher has been well supported - and I now feel well placed to continue in a career balancing clinical and academic general practice.”  IB- Academic Clinical Fellow ST4 2019

"Bristol is an amazing city, so much so that my family and several friends have relocated here! It’s friendly and diverse, you’ll find everything you want from a beautiful harbourside and fine dining in Clifton to hipster cafes and a great music scene in Stokes Croft. A short drive will take you to the beautiful Cotswolds and its easy to get to London. GP training is great too! There are lots of rotations available in the specialties that are most important for General Practice such as paediatrics, O&G, ENT and psychiatry. You’ll have a GP placement in inner city Bristol and somewhere slightly more rural (but easily commutable) which, supplemented by weekly teaching, free courses and private study time, will leave you feeling as prepared as possible for being a GP".  LC- Shortened  Scheme ST3 2017

"Fun city, Hot air balloons, Banksy, Wallace & Gromit, Devon, Cornwall, Wales & the Mendip hills all on the doorstep and one hell of a suspension bridge.  What’s not to like?  GP training in Bristol is a great option.  Regular teaching sessions, a supportive admin team and an interesting mix of jobs mean that this programme is an excellent place to train.  Thoroughly recommended."  JW- ST3  2019 Out Of Programme

"I can’t recommend Bristol highly enough as a place for GP training. The programme is so well run with incredibly helpful staff who have supported me through every step of training and kept me on track! I have had an excellent range of hospital placements in different parts of Bristol and North Somerset, which have set me up brilliantly for my future GP career. Placements are chosen carefully to give all trainees exposure to as many areas of primary care medicine as possible. My supervisors and trainers have always been extremely encouraging and dynamic, and I have been so impressed at the support for trainees taking time out of programme and working less than full time. I have had the opportunity to take part in a taster programme working in South Africa through the deanery, which was a really valuable experience, and the links between Africa Health Placements and Severn Deanery make working abroad highly accessible. For my ST3 year I was encouraged to undertake a Quality Improvement and Leadership Fellowship. This has been an incredible opportunity to undertake a funded postgraduate certificate in healthcare leadership, and also gain experience in a vast range of areas such as healthcare policy, medical education and quality improvement. The support of all staff at the Bristol GP training school have made these opportunities possible for me. I moved to Bristol after medical school and foundation years in London, and am loving Bristol life – it’s the best move I ever made!" KB - ST3 LTFT 2019

“Bristol is a great place to train! It can range from exciting inner city medicine to beautiful rural general practice. It is a supportive training programme and includes weekly sessions during your GP placements and monthly sessions during hospital placements. This allow you to build friendships & share any concerns throughout your training acting as a forum. The teaching is to a high standard & is useful in day to day practice. It is very enjoyable!”  KW - ST3 Education Scholar 2017

"I have had a great experience training to be a GP on the Bristol VTS. As well as excellent clinical training with well-chosen hospital rotations and supportive GP placements, there are many additional opportunities available should you wish to pursue them. The deanery has pioneered in creating opportunities for training and experience in global health. I undertook 16 months out of programme experience to gain my Diploma in Tropical Medicine and then work in a rural district hospital for 12 months in South Africa. Now back in Bristol, I am on an academic training route, which means that I spend 50% of my time doing clinical work and 50% doing research during ST3 and ST4. The department of Academic Primary Care in Bristol is one of the strongest in the country and this has given me the chance to develop my research interests within an incredible and supportive research team. I am currently working on project looking at the primary care response to domestic violence in low and middle income countries. As well as developing research skills, this has opened up opportunities in teaching, lecturing and curriculum development for the medical school. During this extended route I have taken, I’ve always felt very lucky to have ended up in Bristol."  CF- Academic Clinical Fellow and Africa Health Programme 2018