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Ballinasloe Training Scheme

24 September 2020
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Ballinasloe Training Scheme


The Ballinasloe Specialist Training Scheme in General Practice was established in 2006 with an annual intake of 4 trainees which increased to 6 in 2016 and 8 in 2017. The vast majority of Ballinasloe graduates are working in general practice in Ireland.

Ballinasloe can be easily accessed from the M6 motorway. It is just 45 minutes from Galway City, 20 minutes from Athlone and 90 minutes from Dublin.



The Scheme administration and teaching centre is located at St Brigid's Hospital Ballinasloe which is just a short distance from Portiuncula Hospital.



The Scheme offers four years of structured training with the first two years hospital-based, and the third and fourth years spent in general practice.



All hospital posts are based in Ballinasloe and Roscommon Hospitals and are of three or six months' duration. Medicine, Paediatrics, Accident and Emergency and Obstetrics/Gynaecology are based between Portiuncula University Hospital and Roscommon University Hospital whilst the Psychiatry post is based in East Galway / Roscommon community areas. Hospital posts throughout the scheme are general in nature, providing an excellent foundation for general practice. These high quality posts provide the trainee with very good exposure to acute presentations. The scheme is fortunate to have enthusiastic consultant teachers with an awareness of the educational needs of GP trainees.




Each registrar spends two twelve-month periods in general practice. Training practices are located in Counties Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath (See ICGP website under "Western Region" Training Schemes location map for full training practice locations – highlight only Ballinasloe Scheme for full viewing due to overlap locations -



The day release programme takes place each Tuesday, with First and Second Years attending for a half day, and Third and Fourth Years attending for a full day. All trainees are released from their posts to attend the day release programme. Teaching is mainly through small group work and is based on the principles of adult learning. Group size and learning methods allow for interaction, relationship building and a sharing of learning and experiences across all trainee groups, in a highly supportive environment. The development of special skills during the fourth year of training is actively encouraged and supported by the Ballinasloe Training Scheme.



If you require further information on any aspect of this Scheme, you may contact Programme Administrator, at 090 9624204 or email The current trainees on the Scheme can be contacted at Portiuncula Hospital 090 9648200.