General Practice F2 Training
Who Is the F2 Lead for Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber?
- Dr Martyn Coleman: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Yorkshire and East Coast
- Keith Collett: email@example.com
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If you are an F2 trainee or an F2 trainer, you will find many of your questions answered in the GP Handbook.
You may also find the approval and re-approval of F2 GP trainers document, and Bill Bevington's guide to the consultation helpful.
The Trust employs the trainee and is responsible for managing their contract, sick leave, annual leave, GMC and DBS issues.
They are "allowed" an equal amount of study leave to holiday, 5 weeks/year. However, in effect they can claim very little. The money's taken by the Trust study days. They're learning Foundation skills, so shouldn't be attending private study leave for exams or courses to further their future careers (e.g ENT or General Surgery). An example of a course that would be approved would be ALS (advanced life support), if they've missed it before.
Having said that, if they come up with a course that appears reasonable and they're coping ok with GP and the Foundation programme, and they're willing to pay for it, then it's down to you as clinical supervisor, and thier ES or the local FTPD lead at the Trust to approve it or not.
Some large half day releases (e.g. Leeds) don't want even more doctors to look after - it affects the group dynamics. Other smaller schemes don't mind and have found their presence both at the HDR and weekly topic tutorials in practice hasn't been at all disruptive. The GP trainees have welcomed their input and the F2s say they've learned lots - even the ones not intending to be GPs. So in summary, attendance is up to local negotiation between you supervisors, F2s and the local programme directors. Now that GP Training Schemes are being asked to increase capacity and take on more GP trainees, don't take it personally if the scheme turns down your request. There may be other alternative educational events in your local region: ask one of the FY2 leads listed above.