South West Specialist Training Programme in General Practice

03 August 2017
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Sólás Building, North Campus,Institute of Technology Tralee, Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: 066 7191836, Mobile: 087 6724718 

Information Day

An information day will take place in the Institute of Technology, Tralee & University Hospital Kerry.
Please contact Ms. Emily O'Reilly, Administrator, for further details. 
Email: / Mobile: 087 6724718


The South West Specialist Training Programme in General Practice was established in 2007 as a satellite of the Cork Specialist Training Programme. The programme has all its training sites now in the South West region.
2011 saw the first cohort graduate and with the expansion of GP training nationally, the programme now has an intake of 8 trainees each year.


Address: Sólás Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology, Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: 066 7191836 / Mob: 087 9054978

Programme Director: Dr Bertie Daly
Assistant Programme Director: Dr John Casey
Assistant Programme Director: Dr Ann Horgan
Assistant Programme Director: Dr Aidan Daly
Assistant Programme Director: Dr Audrey Russell
Assistant Programme Director: Dr Peadar Ó Fionnain
Programme Administrator: Ms Emily O'Reilly 

Key stakeholders

  • Institute of Technology, Tralee: Provision of state of the art facilities and development of post graduate training
  • Steering Committee: Established in May 2009 and is comprised of representatives from each of the key stakeholders
  • Programme Team: Programme Director, Assistant Programme Directors and Administrator
  • Consultants / Hospitals: All the hospital training posts are in the South West region – University Hospital Kerry and Bantry General Hospital.
  • Trainers: There are currently 18 Trainers in the South West region
  • Trainees: There are currently 32 trainees
  • HSE: The programme is currently funded by the HSE Southern Region

The programme

The programme is divided into two main components, two years in hospital posts and two years in GP training practices.

Years 1 & 2 are the hospital component and these two years consist of four posts relevant to general practice. Each trainee (SHO) has six months in paediatrics, psychiatry and medicine and three months in A&E and obstetrics. The medicine post is comprised of three months general medicine and three months of either geriatrics or palliative care. Throughout these two years the trainee has a one week attachment during each six month post at a GP training practice.

Hospital training post locations:

  • Medicine - Bantry General Hospital
  • Medicine - University Hospital Kerry
  • Medicine/Palliative - University Hospital Kerry
  • Paediatrics - University Hospital Kerry
  • Emergency Medicine - University Hospital Kerry
  • Psychiatry - University Hospital Kerry
  • Obs & Gyn - University Hospital Kerry

The second two years are spent as a registrar in a GP training practice in the South West region. The training practice provides the registrar with an opportunity to practice a wide range of skills in the setting of a general practice. We are fortunate to have a group of trainers who are pro active and self directed in pursuing excellence in GP training.

GP training practice locations:

Location County
Dr Clodagh Kenny Castelgregory Co Kerry
Dr Mary Glancy and Dr Jenny Crushell Tralee Co Kerry
Dr Michael Kingston Bantry Co Cork
Dr David Molony Mallow Co Cork
Dr Michael Casey Millstreet Co Cork
Dr Ursula Scullion Abbeydorney Co Kerry
Dr Maria Quill Kenmare Co Kerry
Dr Pat Daly Castleisland Co Kerry
Dr Eamonn Shanahan Farranfore Co Kerry
Dr Fidelma Cronin Killarney Co Kerry
Dr Darren Quirke Killarney Co Kerry
Dr Fiona Gallagher Killarney Co Kerry
Dr Donal Daly Listowel Co Kerry
Dr Joe Arthurs Tralee Co Kerry
Dr David Buckley Tralee Co Kerry
Dr Ken Holmes Tralee Co Kerry
Dr Adrian O'Gara Tralee Co Kerry
Dr Michael McGrath Tralee Co Kerry
Dr Jerry Lucey Dromcollogher Co Limerick


Education component / day release

The day release programme is an essential element of the training scheme over the four years and it is therefore vital that it's potential to facilitate the learning process for trainees are fully exploited. Trainees are encouraged in a variety of ways to provide positive and constructive feedback to their group leaders concerning both content and methodology to enable them to meet this challenge.

The day release sessions are resourced by the trainee, programme team, GP or hospital trainer or by outside speakers or a combination of these.

The overall curriculum for day release is based on the principles of active, participative learning. The scope of General Practice is wide and variable. Therefore, the curriculum is founded on the principle of reflective learning. This encourages self-awareness in everyday practice and provides the basis for continuing professional development.

Sessions are run from September to May each year, with some additional introductory sessions over the summer period, including an induction day for new trainees.

The day release sessions are held on a Wednesday with a half day for years one and two and a full day for years three and four.

Study / library / IT facilities

All trainees will have access to the excellent HSE on line library facility and IT access is available in all posts.

A web based resource has been set up to enable trainees access any teaching material used during the day release sessions. 


Continuous assessment is an integral part of the training programme and applies not only to trainees, but to all personnel, posts and activities within the scheme. The concept of self-assessment is encouraged throughout the programme with a view to fostering this very constructive activity as a lifelong practice. Continuous assessments assist in the identification of problems in a timely fashion as well as giving assurance that the trainee is getting appropriate exposure to the specific knowledge, skill and attitudes necessary for general practice.

Similarly, the suitability of hospital posts and teaching practices for their respective functions in the scheme is kept under constant review. 

The final Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Training is signed off by the programme's Steering Committee.

 Further information

  • ICGP – Application information is available at
  • Open day – Open day for the South West scheme. Please contact the programme administrator for details. See contact details below.
  • Programme administrator - If you have any queries with regard to any of the above or have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the programme administrator Ms Emily O'Reilly by email: or tel: 066 719 1836 / 087 6724718
  • Website –
End of year walks – Conor Pass, Dingle and Old Kenmare Road, Killarney


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