Mid Leinster Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice

08 August 2016
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Tel: 057 9370653


The Scheme

GP Training Unit, Unit 8A, Burlington Business Park, Sragh Ave, Tullamore

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Tel: 057-9370653 
Fax: 057-9370661
Email: carmel.reid@hse.iebernie.lalor@hse.ie or teresa.farrell@hse.ie

Programme Directors 
Ms Maria Leahy – Tullamore, Dr Declan Brennan - Naas

Assistant Director 
Mr Nicholas Fenlon

Director of Research
Mr Nicholas Fenlon

The Mid Leinster Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice has been in existence since 1993. It offers four years structured training for GPs.

There are currently 21 places available this year:

  • 12 places in the Tullamore teaching area
  • 9 places in the Naas teaching area

Trainees commence with the scheme about the second Monday of July annually.

The first two years of the four year scheme involve hospital rotations at SHO grade and the third and fourth years in a training practice.
A release course is provided throughout the academic year and each trainee undertakes a research project and audit as part of Satisfactory Completion of GP Training. 

Hospital Component

The scheme offers innovative hospital rotations for its trainees, which including accident and emergency, general medicine, medicine for the elderly, paediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics & gynaecology, and ENT.

General Practice Exposure

During first and second years, a programme of attending training practices for a number of weeks has been developed. This allows for early experience of general practice and the workings of members of the primary care team and services available in the community setting.

General Practice

During the third and fourth years each GP registrar attends general practice under the supervision of a general practitioner teacher. 

Special Skills

The scheme has developed a skills programme for fourth year registrars. Each registrar is appointed to a single special skill for the year. We currently have placements in dermatology, minor surgery, ophthalmology, palliative care, STIs, ENT, gynaecology, psychiatry, diabetes and rheumatology.
They develop their specific skill to a high level of competence in order to enhance their experience in general practice.
Protected time is allocated for special skills development for the registrar.
We hope that this will provide the registrar with an additional level of competence and clinical independence in a skill which they will use throughout their career in general practice.

The Release Course

A release course is provided for all trainees during the academic year. This is an integral part of the scheme and learning generally occurs through small group work. It helps to relate day to day work in the hospital phase of the training to general practice and maximises the learning opportunities presented by the hospital and general practice. A learner-centred approach is favoured, encouraging participation in identifying both the individual and group needs in the areas of professional and personal development. Day release takes place on Wednesday for Tullamore training centre and Thursday for Naas training centre.


Continuous assessment applies equally to all personnel, posts and activities within the scheme. Self assessment is encouraged throughout the scheme with a view to fostering this activity as a lifelong practice.


An essential component of any academic discipline is that it is capable of sustaining research into its own area of expertise. This is now a necessary part of satisfactory completion of general practice training, as specified by the Irish College of General Practitioners. Each trainee is therefore encouraged and aided in completing a project during the scheme under the supervision of a named member of the scheme directing team. This project is entered for the Dr Jessica Laundon Memorial Prize for Audit and Research in General Practice, which is awarded annually. Poster presentations are also developed from this research by the registrars and have won awards at National and International peer conferences.


This training scheme is accredited by the ICGP and RCGP. It also has the National Standards Authority of Ireland ISO 9000/2000 Quality Standard. It is the only training scheme in the country to have achieved this standard.

GP training posts with the Mid Leinster Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice


 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs_2016.pdf | 84 KB)
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