Courses & Events
Southampton GP Education Unit facilitates and provides a series of courses aimed at stimulating GPs in their Continuing Professional Development as well as updating them on existing skills and knowledge.
The courses take place in a variety of venues and with a range of duration.
Most courses we run are underwritten by the Wessex GP Educational Trust (WGPET). Details of this scheme are available on the WGPET website. For non-members there maybe a charge but these will be explicit on every advertisement for the course.
GP Health and Wellbeing
Southampton GP Education Unit provides a number of education events to support the health and wellbeing of GPs. To discuss which may be the most appropriate for you, please contact the GP Programme Directors via Rose Debell.
Resilience for GPs
In Southampton we are proud to be one of the first areas to roll out courses aimed at developing resilience for GPs. This includes 2-day workshops, as well as half day events run with collaboration with the Westminster Centre of Resilience. Details can be found on our Calendar of Events.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course
There's increasing evidence that Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction can reduce anxiety levels and teach new ways to manage stress.
We continue to support the provision of the 8-week MBSR course for local GPs. This internationally recognised programme enables GPs to learn simple, short, clinically proven mindfulness skills to improve your own wellbeing and to understand the benefit to your patients.
Do you have learning or development needs but aren't sure how to address them? Are you finding the demands of modern general practice, your patients and working in the NHS overwhelming? If so, please take a look at Wessex Insight provided by Wessex LETB in collaboration with the Wessex LMC.
These lunchtime meetings are provided in 3 localities across our area with the aim of supporting education and networking among GPs in their local areas.
They are funded by the Wessex GP Educational Trust and attendance is free to members. No booking is required - just turn up and you will be welcomed whether you are a local partner, salaried GP or just happen to be locuming nearby.
Rose Debell assists the organisers with these meetings, however, further information is detailed below;
GenScan Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Ildar Abdoulline
Venue: Meeting Room, Aldermoor Surgery, Aldermoor Close, Southampton, SO16 5ST
Aldermoor Surgery Website
Time: 1.00 - 1.50 (Lunch 12.30pm) Tuesdays, weekly and term time only
Forest Gate Surgery Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Stuart McInnes
Venue: Forest Gate Surgery, Hazel Farm Road, Totton, Southampton, SO40 8WU
Forest Gate Surgery Website
Time: 1.00 - 2.00 (lunch 12.30) one Friday per month
Arnewood Lunchtime Meetings
Organiser: Dr Hannah Rycroft
Venue: The Arnewood Practice, Milton Medical Centre, Avenue Road, New Milton, BH25 5JP
The Arnewood Practice Website
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm (Lunch 12.30pm) one Tuesday per month
Newly Qualified GPs
If you are a newly qualified GP in your first 5 years and working in Southampton/West Hampshire you are warmly invited to join us at our monthly evening education meetings.
The meetings occur on the first Wednesday of the month, during term time, at the Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY.
The evenings start at 6.45pm with hot meals and beverages, followed by a consultant led talk from 7.30 - 8.30pm.
The evenings are informal, relaxed and a great way to catch up with newly qualified colleagues and is strongly recommended if you are new to the area.
In order to attend, please email Rose Debell to be added to the First 5 email list. You will then be sent a monthly reminder and opportunity to register for each meeting.
This is a great opportunity to get one-to-one professional support in developing your consultation skills. See this flyer for full details.
Practice Away Days
Thinking of a Practice Away Day?
Practice away days are potentially very educational for the indivdual as well as team building for the practice. In the past, the Southampton GP Programme Director team has funded professional facilitation for such days to help with the process. Whilst some of that expertise is still available (please contact the office if you wish to discuss that further), we are able to offer some financial assistance to practices undertaking away days if the meet the following criteria:
- They have a programme for the day with educational objectives.
- The programme meets the criteria for "education accreditation" and an application is submitted.
- The GP Principals or Sessional GPs involved are members of the Wessex GP Education Trust. (Obviously not everyone in every practice is a member of the Trust but if the majoirty of the GPs attending an away are then the funding may be available)
If all the above criteria are met, then under these circumstance it is possible to obtain some funding from the Wessex GP Educational Trust on behalf of the members, which would go towards some of the educational costs of the day.
So, if example, you are undertaking an away day with structured accredited educational activity it is possible to have funding towards that process up to £8.00 per hour, per GP, who is a full member of the Wessex GP Educational Trust, under scheme B (the final figure will depend on the costs involved).
Practice Based Educational Accreditation Scheme (P.E.A.S)
The Practice Education Accreditation Scheme (PEAS) provides funding for practice in-house educational meetings. It is overseen by the GP Programme Directors and funded by WGPET.
To be eligible practices must have 8 or more educational meetings a year (of at least 1 hour duration) and provide a brief description of the learning from each meeting. Forms are provided, which can also be used to provide evidence for personal PDPs and appraisal portfolios. Please see below.
Each full paying WGPET member who attends the meetings earns the practice £75.00 per year to support the meetings, which is payable to the practice upon the completion of a one year programme of regular meetings.
Full details for the scheme can be found through the WGPET website.
Running an Educational Meeting
Should you wish to run an educational event, please complete the application form which looks at the aims and the objectives of the course.
The application process aims to accredit that courses are of a quality standard and relevant to GPs. These courses can then be advertised through our email lists and website.
For more details please email Rose Debell.
Sessional GPs are all GPs who are not working as a Partner in a practice. Sessional GPs have varying access to GP education and support depending on their working arrangements and location. Our GP Programme Director for these GPs is Dr Julie Chinn.
If you would like to be included on the Sessional GP email list and kept informed of relevant educational information, as well as information for job vacancies, please contact Julie Chinn via Rose Debell.
Additional Information for Sessional GPs is available through the National Association of Sessional GPs here.
Sessional GPs Peer Support Meetings
These meetings are held every month and are open to all Sessional GPs in Southampton and the surrounding areas to provide peer support.
These meetings are free to members of the Wessex GP Educational Trust (WGPET). The WGPET may invoice non-members £15 per hour for attending courses. For further information please visit the WGPET website.
Organiser: Dr Julie Chinn, Programme Director
Venue: Southern House, Otterbourne, SO21 2RU
Time: 1.30 - 3.30pm (lunch not provided)
Wessex GP Educational Trust
The Wessex GP Educational Trust (WGPET) is a charity formed in 1990 to provide funding for educational events run by GP Programme Directors.
It funds a wide range of events and small groups throughout the area served by Health Education England (Wessex). It does not receive any public money but is funded from the subscriptions paid by its members. After paying a subscription members can, without charge, attend as many mainstream events underwritten by the Trust as they wish.
The WGPET website aims to signpost all events and resources supporting education and development for local GPs from a number of providers and is an excellent starting point to see what education is provided in the region.