Scholarship Descriptions

All Scholarships: Core Job Description 

  • Develop networking opportunities within the wider Deanery and HEE teams and the local primary care community
  • Develop a project, over the duration of the scholarship, which is written up and presented
  • Attend key meetings within the GP Speciality Training programme (Patch) and the School of Primary Care
  • Attendance at regular scholar meetings held quarterly and to include presenting their projects at the final meeting
  • Link in with other scholars working in similar areas to ensure sharing of ideas and working when appropriate
  • Keep a log of how and when their scholarship time is used and on what activity to ensure they remain within the additional time offered. This should be shared with their ES
  • Promote their work to their GPST peers
  • Promote their work to their training practice and local trainer’s groups
  • Develop leadership and educational skills
  • Develop and enhance management skills
  • Gain a better understanding of the local and national position of primary care in relation to CCGs/ICSs, public health and secondary care
  • Support GP recruitment activity and the promotion of GP training
  • Work sustainably, including sensible use of office equipment, facilities, and supplies, considering carbon expenditure when travelling, working virtually where appropriate



We welcome applications from trainees due to CCT (as per their e-portfolio at the time the application window is open) between April 2023 and March 2024, whether full time or less than full time. If your CCT date is after March 2024 then you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship in 2023. If you are concerned that you will not be eligible to apply for a scholarship post during your training due to your CCT dates, then please contact us to discuss this.


Patch Scholarship Educational Opportunities 

In addition to the core job description for all scholar roles above this will include:

  • Mentorship from an experienced member of the local TPD team
  • Attendance at courses relevant to an education or leadership theme
  • Opportunity to network and work collaboratively with other patch scholars working on similar topics in the region
  • Attendance at relevant key meetings in the patch, and the School
  • Opportunity to contribute to the annual patch QA panel
  • Additional study leave budget (c£600) to fund attendance at relevant courses


GP ST3 (Patch) Education or Leadership Scholarship Programme

Equality Diversity & Inclusion Topic

This scholarship topic will explore initiatives related to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and differential attainment (DA). The role is aimed at supporting a School-wide approach to EDI and DA related aspects of teaching and half day release programme delivery by working collaboratively with the different programmes and those educators already involved with this work. You will work to integrate solutions into the half day release course in order to deliver sustainable and equitable opportunities for GPSTs in the GP Training Programme.

A variety of initiatives have already been identified nationally to improve support including work to enhance relationships with supervisors, provide early assessment and offer targeted input.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Linking with the GPST committee to obtain feedback on EDI and DA issues
  • Liaising with programme teams and EDI & DA leads to work together on areas of need
  • Developing teaching practice to address the issue of DA and promote EDI
  • Networking outside HEE SW to identify areas of good practice nationally
  • Facilitating appropriate pastoral support, coaching, mentoring or advice on training to local trainers and trainees
  • Developing appropriate educational resources and sharing these with colleagues, both locally and across the deanery, in order to promote good practice
  • Using appropriate tools of assessment and evaluation; interpreting results and devising suitable plans to meet issues raised

Equality Diversity and Inclusion topic scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development and have an opportunity to link in with those educators working across the region in this important area of work. It is expected that scholars would liaise with others working in this role in other patches in the South West to develop and support a collaborative approach to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion across the region.


Technology Enhanced Learning & Innovation Topic

During the pandemic there have been significant changes in our approach to medical education including establishing new ways of efficiently and safely delivering teaching, leading to evolution of GPST education programmes.

This topic involves helping explore innovative solutions for teaching and delivery of education in order to enhance virtual teaching, including exploring cross programme delivery of appropriate educational initiatives.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Helping develop and support innovative ways of teaching and learning including harnessing technology enhanced learning/digital solutions
  • Involvement in the development and delivery of education and training for GPSTs
  • Opportunity to link in and work with the regional Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) TPD working group, and the lead regional Innovation/TEL portfolio TPD.


GP ST3 (Patch) Health Inequalities Scholarship Programme

This role offers an introduction to the opportunities and challenges of delivering generalist skills in the context of general practice in a relatively deprived area. This experience and the acquired skills will help equip scholars for clinical and leadership roles in Health Inequalities in the future in deaneries, universities and the NHS as a whole.

Enthusiasm for health inequalities is the most important element however those working in an ST3 practice in an area of health inequalities or deprivation (including inner city, remote/rural, areas that are traditionally under-doctored) may find this scholarship of particular benefit and relevance to their clinical work and are encouraged to apply.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Attendance at relevant courses/conferences on health inequalities
  • Opportunity to link in with the SW Primary Care Academy emerging Health Inequalities workstream
  • Presenting talks and/or facilitating workshops/seminars and other educational activities regarding health inequalities to other GPSTs
  • Project work related to health inequalities supported by their ES and the mentor for the programme
  • Linking in with other health inequalities scholars in the south west



Patch Scholars Study Budget

*Suggestions of courses you could consider attending, that have received positive feedback from previous scholars include, but are not restricted to

• Small Group Facilitation Course
• Politics, Power and Persuasion



Regional/Specialist Interest Scholarships

GP ST3 Central Leadership Scholarship Programme

In addition to the general aims of the scholarship programme, the purpose of this post is to offer the opportunity to develop leadership skills within the context of the NHS, particularly in relation to the work of the running of the School of Primary Care. Such skills will help equip scholars for future appointments within clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the NHS as a whole.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Attendance on the HELM or a similar leadership course for clinicians
  • Mentorship from an experienced senior member of the Severn GP School
  • Attendance at key strategic meetings within the school and deanery including the monthly Associate Dean (AD) meeting
  • Leadership role within the Severn GPST Committee
  • Coordination of annual Severn GPST careers fair


GP ST3 Public Health Scholarship Programme

In addition to the general aims of the scholarship programme, the purpose of this post is to offer the opportunity to develop leadership skills within the context of Public Health. Such skills will help equip them for future involvement with CCGs/emerging ICS and Public Health within the NHS and Local Authorities (LA).

This Programme is of 3m duration. Apart from study leave, the trainee will remain in full time general practice from August until March/April the following year, enabling them to concentrate on GP training and passing exams. From March/April onwards, the GP trainee will start to spend regular time in their PH department.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Attendance on the South West Public Health induction course for Public Health trainees
  • Direction, guidance and shadowing attachment from a Public Health Consultant based in the local LA and/or clinical commissioning group (CCG)
  • Support from the patch AD or an experienced senior member of the local TPD team
  • Attendance at key strategic meetings within the local LA/CCG/emerging ICS
  • Training in some core public health competencies e.g.
    • Understanding of the wider determinants of health and health inequalities
    • Application of principles of epidemiology
    • Statistics and critical appraisal skills
    • Use and interpretation of routinely available health related data
    • Assessment of evidence relating to the effectiveness of health and healthcare interventions, programmes and services
    • Communicable disease surveillance and control
    • Working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams within and outside the NHS to develop and implement policies and strategies to improve health


GP ST3 Research Scholarship Programme

The purpose of this post is to offer an opportunity to develop transferrable skills in understanding and engaging in research in primary care. We need enquiring doctors to know how to get good evidence of what works; to bridge the gaps between the practical needs of frontline clinicians and the projects of academic research. Only a minority of recommendations in primary care are based on high-quality, patient-oriented evidence. Half of the recommendations are based on patient-oriented evidence, but only 18% are based on patient-oriented evidence from consistent, high-quality studies.

There will be opportunities to build networks with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) team locally, as well as being part of PACT, the group nationally encouraging research engagement with newly qualified GPs and GP trainees.

The aim is to increase research capacity in primary care in the longer term by learning about and promoting primary care research early in your career. Research scholars will be supported by a local TPD mentor for pastoral, leadership and personal development.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Work with established GP researchers
  • Observe and shadow established University GP Research champions
  • Observe how primary care research is implemented and actively participate
  • Meet with successful commercial and non-commercial research practices
  • Attend the appropriate local CRN and University research meetings and other local and national meetings as appropriate
  • Understand and help implement the research process in practice
  • Networking opportunities with the CRN and Academic Primary Care in the region
  • Investigate core research competencies including critical appraisal skills and statistics
  • Learn management skills
  • Engage with the RCGP, including its Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, and Research Ready eLearning modules
  • Present talks and facilitate workshops to other GPs in training


GP ST3 Substance Misuse Scholarship Programme

In addition to the general aims of the scholarship programme, the purpose of this post is to offer an opportunity to develop additional clinical skills in the management of Substance Misuse within the context of services contracted by the NHS. Such skills will help equip scholars for future appointments within Substance Misuse services as well as equipping them to better manage patients with drug and alcohol problems within the wider primary care setting.

This Programme is of 3 months duration. The post allows for two sessions a week of specific Substance Misuse training to be provided by Turning Point, the Drug Misuse charity. It will be based at Turning Point, which is located in the Swindon/Wiltshire geography.

Educational opportunities could include:

  • Developing and enhancing skills in assessment of patients who use drugs
  • Understanding the range on non-pharmaceutical as well as prescribing interventions in treating drug misusers
  • An understanding of the evidence base that underpins current treatment, and critical reading around the subject
  • Dose titration, maintenance and detoxification interventions for drug misusers
  • An understanding of the health harms collateral to using illicit drugs
  • An understanding of the social harms to the families and immediate society of the drug user
  • An understanding of the delivery of effective, evidence-based services for drug users; the commissioning environment and the models of delivery of addiction services
  • An understanding of the range of services available to manage this problem
  • Knowledge of the role of each of the professionals involved in the service
  • An understanding of the wider effects on health care service delivery and planning






Scholar Person Specification





Current GPST2 whose ST3 training practice is within South West Footprint

BSc, or other relevant qualification


Excellent performance on SW GPST programme including evidence by ARCP reviews

Evidence of taking on additional roles and learning opportunities whilst in SW GP PGME


 Interest in Public health (if applying for this scholarship)

 Knowledge and/or experience in medical or educational research



Evidence of existing excellence in scholarship area


  Experience of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level
    Leadership role at undergraduate or postgraduate level


Strategic thinking



Well developed verbal, written and presentation communication skills



Able to build effective professional working relationships



Computer literacy



Positive, proactive approach; “Can do” attitude.



Committed to personal development and continuous improvement of services



Awareness of the need for Sustainable Healthcare


Confidentiality and professionalism

Awareness of the sensitivities & confidentiality issues of working closely with the senior management team at Severn



At training practice



From local educational team