What is Spring / Autumn School?

Spring and Autumn School are usually annual, 4 day, events running in May and October. Each day contains a series of courses to choose from, aimed at the development of GP Trainers. The venue alternates between Hull, Leeds and Sheffield to enable access for all Trainers.

Autumn School 2020 ran 6-9 October 2020. In a change to the usual format, this was ran virtually.

Spring School 2021 will run 12-13 May 2021, virtually.


Spring School 2021

Spring School 2020 will run 12-13 May, virtually.

We have four excellent keynotes speakers and a range of workshops. The workshop topics will include Helping trainees pass the AKT, Helping trainees pass the RCA, Helping trainees facing challenges, using humanities in teaching, promoting wellbeing and resilience in trainees, helping trainees with QIP and leadership, and more.

Please select the specifc day in the below tab to view the keynote speakers.

Please also view the Medical Maxcourse Tips tab, if you experience any issues in booking a fix should be found in this section.


Day 1 - Wednesday 12th May 2021

Keynote Speakers


Dame Clare Gerada

Clare will speak on ‘A year of Covid: Doctors, pandemic, and mental illness’.

Clare will need little introduction to most of you as a past Chair of RCGP Council, founder and leader of NHS Practitioner Health and recently awarded Damehood amongst her many achievements. She is a GP in London.


Dr Margaret Ikpoh and Dr Mo Sattar

Margaret and Mo will speak on ‘The writings on the wall – Keeping race in mind’ .

Margaret and Mo are our local heroes amongst the keynote speakers and will be known to many of you. Margaret is a GP in Holderness ,  Associate Director of Primary Care Education at Hull York Medical School and Chair of Humber & Ridings Faculty of RCGP. Mo is a GP in Leeds, founder of the BAME Primary Care Leeds network and a broadcaster on Fever FM Leeds.


Day 2 - Thursday13th May 2021

Keynote Speakers


Professor Vijay Nayar

Vijay will speak on “Impact of Culture on Teaching and Learning”

Vijay is GP Dean for HEE East of England and National Lead for Differential Attainment. He is a GP in Bedford.


Professor David Hirsh

David will speak on the “Science of Learning and Teaching”

David is an inspirational speaker and expert in the sciences of learning. He is Director of the Harvard Medical School Academy Fellowship in Medical Education. He helps educators reflect on practical ways that you can enhance the educational experiences you can provide for your trainees and help them reach their potential.

How To Book

Please book via Medical Maxcourse. If you do not already have a Maxcourse account, you will need to create one. Further information on how to create an account and frequently asked questions for Maxcourse view the below tab  ‘Medical Maxcourse Tips - How to book & Errors’.


If you wish to attend day 1 and day 2 - please ensure you have booked on each day on Maxcourse, the link to each are below.


Once all workshops have been confirmed, those booked on the corresponding day (1 or 2) will receive an email to the email address registered to their Maxcourse account with a list of the workshops available. You will then need to book which you would like to attend. All workshops will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Medical Maxcourse Tips - How to book & Errors

All our courses are booked via Medical Maxcourse. Please see below in regards to the common Maxcourse queries we receive.


Do I need a Maxcourse account?

You are required to have an account to be able to book any courses on the system. If you do not already have an account please select the Medical Maxcourse link, select the option 'new user? start here' and provide the requested information.

Once you have created your account you will need to ensure the below has been updated on your account, via 'account details'

  • Profession- Select the one/s that apply, this will be used to confirm you are applying for courses relevant to you.
  • Gender, Main Occupation, Speciality and Trust - if applicable


How do I find a course?

Once you have an account you can use the search course function to search using the title of the course or you can use the course calendar.


Will I recieve a booking confirmation email?

You may not receive a booking confirmation email from Maxcourse. You can view all your course bookings via your account under ‘my courses’.


Will I receive a certificate?

Once the course has completed, Maxcourse will be manually updated with your attendance. You can view this via your account under ‘my courses’. If the status next to the course title is ‘unconfirmed’ this means we have not yet updated the attendance, please allow at least 5 working days for this to be actioned.

You will receive a notification form Maxcourse when your certificate is ready to view. This notification will ask you to provide feedback for the course before the certificate is made available for you.


Error when booking?

If there is an error whilst you try to book, Maxcourse will provide an explanation of the error and how you can fix it, usually by selecting ‘edit’

The most common error when booking is that the ‘profession’ set on your account does not match the ‘target audience’ listed on the course. The two must match for the booking to be successful.


The course is fully booked, is there a waiting list?

You can add yourself to the waiting list via Maxcourse. Find the course you wish to book, if it is full it will have a ‘waiting list’ option rather than a ‘book’ option. Select waiting list and then head to your basket to complete the waiting list booking.

All waiting list bookings will also show on your account under ‘my courses’.

All those on the waiting list are notified if a cancellation is received and the place is filled on a first come first served basis.