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Sherwood Forest GP Specialist Training Programme

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Mansfield GP STP
King's Mill Hospital
HR Department
Mansfield Road

NG17 4JL

Telephone Numbers


01623 622515 ext 3100


01623 672327

Out of Hours:


The Sherwood Forest district has a mixed economic base and the former coal-mining and textile industries have now mainly been replaced by retail and light industry. Ambitious regeneration projects in recent years have transformed Mansfield in terms of retail, leisure, housing and industry.

Sherwood Forest, is within easy access to the M1, Nottingham, Derby, Sheffield, Mansfield, Newark, and the countryside of the Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. Newark is a rural market town with quick access 1 hr 40 mins, to London. East Midlands Airport is also within easy reach.

‘I live in Nottingham, travelling to Mansfield is really quick, I’m not fighting traffic and it takes me just over half an hour’

      Dr John Bryant, St 2.

The bustling 700 year old open market is the hub of Mansfield town, complemented by shopping centers, retail parks and department stores along with boutiques and specialist stores.

Family Attractions within the district range from the ultimate in swimming fun at Water Meadows, Centre Parcs, local heritage at the Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery, to innovation at Making It!

The Programme and Ethos

The Sherwood Forest Programme is a small to medium size friendly programme offering a high level of pastoral support for all our Trainees.

We aim to provide:

A top quality education programme and experience.

A broad programme which fosters the desire to learn, the ability to think and work independently with opportunities for each individual to develop their full potential.

A learner-centered, flexible, personal, friendly approach treating you as an individual.

‘I think the Mansfield [Sherwood Forest] Programme has all the benefits of a small programme: personal, flexible, friendly, supportive, intimate - without being too small.

       Dr Talia Peracha, St 1.

With the Sherwood Forest Programme you will be on a 3 year rotation, containing 20 months within General Practice placements, split across each of the three training years.

‘Making sure you have a GP placement in every year 1,2, and 3 makes sure you don’t get out of practice, what you need to pass the exams and to actually do the job – keep your hand in’

       Dr Nial O’Leary, St 2.

With the new direction of recruitment in 2015 in the East midlands we have maintained our high level of flexibility, fitting your rotation around you. Not you into a rotation!

‘having come from a background of ENT Margaret was able to minimize the training posts that duplicated my previous experiences – The Mansfield [Sherwood Forest] Programme was very flexible for me’

       Dr Joanne Ferris, ST3.

'I have found the Mansfield GP programme to be incredibly helpful and supportive. As well as offering great flexibility for trainees in terms of hospital rotations, the programme offers outstanding pastoral support. The programme directors and Margaret will always fight your corner and do their best to accommodate your needs or personal circumstances. Having endured a very stressful couple of years I was lucky to have the full support and care of the team who were my rock at times. Teaching on the programme is also consistently excellent and relevant which stands out from neighbouring GP programmes. I still feel that Mansfield offers the best of all worlds in terms of GP training in this area.'

Dr David Magni

The Posts

We have excellent trainers and excellent hospital posts in a modern purpose built District General Hospital.

Rotational Hospital posts attached to the scheme are based at King's Mill Hospital, which is part of the Sherwood Hospitals NHS Trust, and occasionally Nottingham University Hospitals.

Specialties include:

Obstetrics & Gynaecology,


Acute Medicine – Endocrinology / Respiratory / Care of the Elderly,

Accident & Emergency,


Palliative Care.  

‘I was really pleased that I had palliative care as part of my rotation - not many programmes I looked at offered this as part of core training, it was a fantastic post, really informative and helpful to my career in general practice.’

      Dr Ruth Goodwin, St 2.

The Training Sessions

The programme runs a weekly integrated half-day release course.

‘I find meeting up every week – not just with my year but with St1, St2 and St3 trainees, is really valuable, allowing learning, networking and socialising.’

      Dr Omar Kouzel, St 3.

Other Highlights

Residential course (We run an annual Residential course, for ALL ST years.) - This years course [2017] highlights include after dinner speech by ‘Polar explorer Team’, NB Hot topics course [emergency care]

Regular mock CSA examinations (‘Excellent practice for the CSA – I would have paid to go on a course like that’)

Two away days (again open to all ST years) This year based at Centre Parcs, ‘good fun informative and we got to use the facilities afterwards!’ – Dr Shabana Shaheen, ST3.

An annual HOT TOPIC / GP Update course (last year ran by NB Medical education)

Ability to work part time 60% in flexible GP Trainee posts (many GP Trainees have taken advantage of this when returning form maternity leave).

General Practice attachments are based in a mix of urban, deprived and rural areas. Providing a wide range of experience.

Support for Innovative Trainee Posts (ITP), for example one of our Trainees in ST2 (having a personal interest) did an ITP post in Public Health, spending 50% in general practice and 50% in Public Health.

Strong support for MRCGP, Child Health Surveillance training,

Family Planning, Obstetric List training and Minor Surgery.

Support from experienced and enthusiastic programme directors: Dr Philip Smith, Dr Justin Smith, Dr Nick Britchford

Come join our programme, we really look forward to meeting you!

For further details on the Sherwood Forest Programme you should contact Margaret Murray, Programme Manager on 01623 622515 extension 3100 or Margaret.Murray8@nhs.net

visit our website which is http://www.MansfieldGPSTP.org

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