Severn Deanery offers a number of internal scholarships that enable high-flying GP Trainees to develop additional skills in leadership and education. Successful candidates are appointed during ST2 to a 13 (rather than the normal 12) month scholarship. This allows an additional 20 working days within ST3 to develop additional expertise.



It is critically important to develop trainees with skills in leadership; management; a wider understanding of the primary/ secondary care interface and the impact of sustainable training and healthcare delivery. Furthermore, enhancing our trainees’ understanding of how Primary Care can tackle health inequalities and the role of public health is also hugely important. Our scholarship programme recognises and seeks to address this through a promotion of excellence and opportunity available to our ST3s.



The purpose of the Scholarship programme is to offer high performing GPST3s the opportunity to develop understanding and skills for the enhancement of education, leadership and primary healthcare relevant to the wider context of the NHS. Such skills will help equip the Scholar for future appointments within GP practices; deaneries; universities and the NHS as a whole. There is an expectation that these skills and experiences will be used to disseminate excellence across the local GP training scheme and the training practice community.



Scholarships will be based within the Severn Primary Care School (SoPC) footprint. For posts linked to an individual patch, trainees will need to be based in that patch to be considered for the role.  Some travel is expected to attend events at the deanery or a work base away from a trainee’s local practice.   There is no additional money available to fund the travel requirements of the scholarships outside the deanery area.


Funding and additional training time

The successful appointee will extend their period as a GPST in ST3 by one calendar month i.e. extending ST3 to 13 months full time equivalent. Public health and substance misuse scholarships are extended by 3 months, to make a 15 month programme.

 See Additional Training Requirements and Guidelines.


Support and mentoring

Either the local patch team, a senior member of the SoPC or a local expert in the field, will provide mentoring to each scholar.

This is not usually an onerous task and the school is very grateful to those who volunteer to do this. Mostly the trainees will be very self-motivated and self directed!

All mentors should:

- Be in regular contact (e.g. every 1-2 months) to ensure the trainee is well supported.
- Help the trainee to plan and develop a relevant project over their ST3 year.
- Support the trainee to overcome blocks to progress in their project.
- Ensure that they have a short PDP for their scholar time, which the trainee should load onto their portfolio.
- Encourage and support networking, learning and development opportunities for the scholar.
- Be an advocate for the scholar and the programme in general.
- Give regular (e.g. 3-4 monthly) feedback on progress and next steps.
- Challenge the trainee towards excellence - be it by writing a poster or journal article, or presenting at a conference - help them aim high!

For those scholars on a 1 month extension, it would expected for the mentor to write an educator note in their ePortfolio prior to the final ARCP.
For those scholars on a 3 month extension, a formal CSR must be completed.

Additionally, if there are any concerns about a trainees performance or with the programme, these should be fed back to the GP school as soon as they arise.

Patch Education scholar mentors

- Will usually be a TPD in the patch team.

Patch Leadership scholar mentors

- Will usually be a TPD in the patch team, though may be delegated to a local trainer who’s got leadership expertise.

Central Leadership scholar mentor

- Will usually be the AD for Excellence.

Other scholarships

- Will have a mentor who is expert in the field of that scholarship.


Projects and presentations

Scholars will be expected to undertake a project during their time and this will be presented at the final review meeting. They will be expected to write a final report and also articles of their experience for the website and publication. Poster and/or presentations at suitable conferences will be encouraged and supported.

Project work will be directed by the scholar’s mentor and should develop specific initiatives within Severn. Such project work will be designed and supported to help the post holder develop experience in:

  • Planning, delivering and evaluating the project
  • Problem analysis
  • Team working
  • Project management
  • Critical review of success and failure
  • Preparation of report to the APD for Excellence


Available Scholarships (For Severn GPST3 trainees)

(Post Numbers Flexible - see Job description)


Patch Leadership Scholarship Programme

 5 Posts; one per patch 

1 month extension

Patch Education Scholarship Programme

 5 Posts; one per patch

1 month extension

Central Leadership Scholarship Programme

 1 Post

1 month extension

Health Inequalities Scholarship Programme

 1 Post

1 month extension

Public Health Scholarship Programme

 2 Posts

3 month extension

Sustainability Scholarship Programme

 2 Posts

1 month extension

Social Media Scholarship Programme

 1 Post

1 month extension

Substance Misuse Scholarship Programme

 1 Post - Swindon/Wiltshire

3 month extension

 Hot Topics Scholarship Programme

 1 Post

1 month extension

 Research Champion Scholarship Programme

1 Post