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Prospective Trainees

Find out why this is the best VTS...

What is GP VTS?

GP Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) is 3 year route to training of UK GP, upon completion of foundation training. At CMH, the first 2 years are split into four 6 month posts, 3 are in hospital/secondary care and 1 in General Practice. Trainees will have a different clinical supervisor in each of these posts. The final year is then spent in a single GP Practice with their educational supervisor (who remains the same throughout the programme).

Upon successful ARCP panel review at the end of ST3, trainees receive CCT. A pre-requisite for this is the passing of the MRCGP examination, which is comprised of 3 components: an Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), a Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA)

Why is the CMH scheme so good?


CMH VTS is a friendly West London based scheme based at Central Middlesex Hospital with jobs distributed around the local hospitals.  It has a reputation for being a friendly and laid back scheme with it’s doctors representing a truly diverse background. 


A recurring theme with trainees both past and present is that CMH VTS is supportive to its trainees whether they are having maternity or paternity leave, less than full time training or taking time to explore other learning opportunities.  The trainees have a strong bond with one another and foster a supportive and inclusive environment.  CMH also has the best socials which are unparalleled from other groups. 


We have weekly VTS get-togethers on a Thursday afternoon but our yearly study residential is the highlight of the learning calendar.  There is a wide range of training positions on 6 monthly rotations around the local hospitals which offer a variety of experience going into ST3.  The Program Directors bring a wealth of experience along with GP trainers who have many years of supervising. 

We all believe that the CMH VTS is probably the best scheme in the world!

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Where are the placements?

Although the scheme has its VTS sessions and some jobs at Central Middlesex Hospital, lots of jobs are distributed around the locality:

  • Northwick Park Hospital

  • Central Middlesex Hospital

  • St Luke’s Hospice

  • Brent Community Mental Health Trust

  • Park Royal Centre for Mental Health

  • Public Health England. 


The GP practices are based from Queens Park to Willesden, Wembley, Neadsen, Harrow and North Ealing. Most reside in the Brent CCG catchment area. Click on the button below for more information on GP Trainers and Practices.



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