Training Programme

The Glasgow Clyde Southward GPST programme offers a choice of 3 or 4 year programmes. Trainees join the programme at ST1 (for 3 year programmes) or ST1a (for 4 year programmes).

3 year programmes

  • ST1 year comprises 6 months in General Practice and 6 months in either Geriatrics or General Medicine
  • ST2 year comprises three 4 month hospital posts, with options from Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Dermatology and Accident and Emergency
  • ST3 year is spent in GP practice

4 year programmes

  • ST1a year comprises two 6 month posts, with options from Paediatrics, General Medicine, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Psychiatry and Surgery
  • ST1-ST3 years are the same as for the 3 year programmes

Why choose this programme?

The Glasgow Clyde Southward GPST programme comprises 19 friendly and enthusiastic training practices with a long history of providing good quality training in General Practice. Trainee feedback has been very positive.


The programme gives opportunities to see a diverse patient population in a vibrant mix of both urban and rural settings. The main hospital posts will be in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock – two excellent district general hospitals offering ample opportunity to acquire a broad range of experience in secondary care.


Your Educational Supervisor (normally your GP Trainer) will provide support from General Practice throughout your entire programme and there is also support available from our local Programme Director Dr Brian Scott. During each of your hospital posts, clinical supervision and educational support will be provided by your Clinical Supervisor for that post and the clinical team in each hospital unit.

The programme provides a balanced rotation of specialities which are important for GP training.

Our trainers

Our GP trainers come with a wealth of experience.

For more information about specific trainers see our training practices.

our training practices

ST1/ST3 Day Release

Our trainees are given the opportunity to become involved in Practice Based Small Group Learning Groups(PBSGL), Structured Case Analysis and small group work with a range of highly experienced facilitators.

Whilst in hospital attachments you will have regular educational appraisal meetings with your GP Trainer. You will also be released to attend educational attachments in your training practice. It is important to plan the dates of these with your Trainer well in advance, in order to give plenty of notice to your hospital department for them to adjust the rota.

A rolling educational programme of meetings is organised for trainees in hospital posts. The meetings repeat on several occasions to ensure that you are able to attend at some point during your programme.

ST1 Programme

ST1 educational sessions are run as full day sessions once a month. Currently these tend to be on a Thursday.

The sessions are offered to trainees whilst in their 6 month ST1 GP post and the programme repeats every 6 months so that all trainees are offered the same sessions. Feedback on individual sessions has been positive – “very interesting topic”, “very useful session”.

Our current ST1 course organiser is Dr Katherine McKenzie (

View Current ST1 Programme

ST3 Programme

ST3 educational sessions are full day sessions approximately once a month.

Sessions are led by a mixture of GP trainers, hospital consultants or external speakers, depending on the topic. There is also time allocated at each session for case discussion, CSA practice, a PBSGL topic or other informal trainee-led discussion. Feedback has been positive “very relevant topic” “engaging and interesting speaker”.

Our current ST3 course organiser is Dr Ziad Al-Najim (

View Current ST3 Programme


The Glasgow Clyde Southward programme comprises 19 friendly and enthusiastic training practices. Practices are located in both urban and semi-rural areas, along the south side of the River Clyde from Paisley to Largs.

The surrounding areas of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde give access to a wide range of both indoor and outdoor leisure pursuits and we are very close to the city of Glasgow, with its myriad of amenities and cultural highlights. The best of both worlds!

Easy access to the M8 from all training practices allows for flexibility in terms of place of residence. Many of our trainees live in Glasgow and enjoy a short and easy commute against the traffic to and from work each day.

Two excellent District General Hospitals – the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley and Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock – provide ample opportunities to acquire a broad range of experience in secondary care.

MRCGP Curriculum

The MRCGP is now the license to practice as a General Practitioner in the United Kingdom. There are three parts to the MRCGP.

More about MRCGP

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