South West Specialist Training Programme in General Practice

24 September 2020

South West Specialist Training Programme in General Practice

Solas Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: 066 7191836, Mobile: 087 6724718

Information Day

An information day will take place in the Institute of Technology, Tralee and 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. In 2008, it became an independent GP Training Programme. 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.


Solas Building, North Campus, Institute of Technology Tralee, Co Kerry
Tel: 066 7191836, Mobile: 087 6724718

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 Siobhan Crowley
Assistant Programme Director: Dr Peadar O Fionnain
Programme Administrator: Ms Emily O'Reilly

Key stakeholders

The programme

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

Years 1 and 2 are the hospital component and these two years consist of four posts relevant to general practice. Each trainee (SHO) has six months in 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. 

Hospital training post locations

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 proactive and self-directed in pursuing excellence in GP training. 

GP Training Practice Locations 

 Name 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 Liam Norton  Millstreet Co Cork
Dr Julie O'Connor  Listowel  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  Drumcollogher  Co Limerick


Education component / day release

The day release programme is an essential element of the training scheme over 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 principle 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 continuning 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 online facility and IT access is available in all posts.

A web based resource has been set up to enable trainees access any teaching materials 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 specific knowledge, skills 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