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General Practice Vocational Training Scheme 2019 (GPVTS)

Macclesfield GP training scheme provides a warm welcome to all its trainees.  Our ethos is to care for the needs of individuals within the wider group, in a learner-centred, Registrar - centred way. We have a diverse group of local and international graduates, all of whom complement each other and enrich the group by their presence.

Being close to Manchester and the Peak District we are attractive to trainees from across Cheshire and the High Peak.  Whether the bright lights and entertainment of Manchester, eateries and residencies of South Manchester or the beauty of the Peak District are reasons to come to Macclesfield, or indeed the friendliness of the hospital, town and quality of local schools and affordable housing, there is a welcome for all and a cohesive buzz in the training scheme right from the start.

There is a friendly feel for all be it as a new individual, coming to Macclesfield independently, to someone contemplating maternity leave or less than full time return to work. ​We have a wealth of experience and advice for Registrars contemplating family-friendly working. We offer intensive support re preparation for the CSA exam, focusing especially on communication and consultation skills. Tracks include posts in medicine, acute and chronic, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, A&E, psychiatry, orthopaedics and a rotation to the local hospice.

There are a wide variety of training practices - from very large to relatively small - all of whom teach and train to a very high standard and with refreshing enthusiasm. The practices are in Macclesfield town, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Handforth, Chelford, Congleton, Bollington, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Buxton, Goyt Valley and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

We have regular group teaching on Thursdays and feedback from these sessions has been extremely positive. We have a high ratio of facilitators to trainees and can therefore offer a flexible programme with small group working. We place a very high emphasis on helping trainees feel included and empowered as young leaders in their field from the start and aim to help our Registrars to be happy, resilient and prepared for their future in General Practice. Many of our registrars continue to work in local GP practices after they have completed their training. Our ST3s continue to support each other cohesively for years to come.


Dr Debbie Maxwell, GPVTS Programme Director Debbie.maxwell@nhs.net

Dr Andrew Maurice, Primary Care medical Educator Andrew.maurice@nhs.net

Christine Hopley, Administrative Support    Christine.hopley1@nhs.net

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