The universal GP Training website for everyone, not just Bradford.   Created in 2002 by Dr Ramesh Mehay

The GP medical training website for EVERYONE , not just Bradford

Site created by Dr Ramesh Mehay (Bradford, UK),  rameshmehay@googlemail.com 

Something New is COMING...

FROM 1st SEPT

Watch this space over the next month or two.  It’s going to be big and exciting and is something separate to this website.  

If you’re on the mailing list, you will get a notification when the time is right.    If you’re not on our mailing list click below to join.  By the way, we DON’T bombard you with lots of low quality messages.

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If you have a post vacancy, please advertise with Bradford VTS.   Get the right person, with fresh ideas whilst supporting us at the same time.

OVER 45000 VISITORS PER MONTH!
GP trainees, their GP trainers, the newly qualified and a whole host of other health professionals.
JOBS.BRADFORDVTS.CO.UK takes jobs from all over the UK & abroad. 

WHAT'S NEW?

02.04.21: Search Medicina – best medical search engine.  Stop patients thinking you are googling.  Get the information you want in an instant.
06.03.21: Quicklinks, Induction & Roadmaps – see section below.  Great for new trainees.
 04.02.21: The RCA webinars – 4 great webinars (1h each).  For trainers & trainees.   Trainees – understand exactly how to pass.  Trainers – learn how you can help your trainee.

BITS AND BOBS

  • Don’t forget to look at www.searchmedicina.com
  • New COVID-19 treatments (neutralising monoclonal antibodies or anti-retrovirals) will be available from 16 Dec 2021 to high risk non-hospitalised patients.  Click here to read more.
  • PANORAMIC – is a new nation study to review the effectiveness of antivirals in COVID – and they need help.  Could you help?   This provides an opportunity to develop experience and competence in research activity.   Click here to read more.

Please Donate

Dear Trainees & Trainers,
Please donate just a little something – event £20.   Every little bit helps to keep Bradford VTS alive & subscription free. 

Want to Join A Balint Group?

Are you interested in joining an online Balint group?  TRAINERS & TRAINEES WELCOME.   
We have vacancies in  a group on the third Wednesday each month, 7-8.30 pm, and are keen to recruit GPs and GP trainees.  This is a mixed group, welcoming people from different professional backgrounds and at different career stages. The facilitators are Andrew Wilson (general practice background) and Alison Summers (psychoanalytic therapy and psychiatry).  We ask a minimum of a six month commitment, and make a charge of £20 per session per person.  If you would like further information or to be considered for this group, please email 

andrew.wilson23@nhs.net  or 

Alison.Summers77@gmail.com.

RCA Webinars - the feedback - What People are Saying

Data Gathering + InterPersonal Skills

Clinical Mx + InterPersonal Skills

The RCA Marking Sheet – part a

The RCA Marking Sheet – part b

What's New?

Bits and Bobs

A New GP induction Workbook

I’ve written a new book called The Essential GP Induction Handbook.  The aim of this is to add structure to the induction period and have everything you need in ‘one place’.  In my practice, we actually do the things in this book spaced out over a period of 4-6 weeks – so as not to hurry the process or overwhelm the learners.   This Induction to GP workbook is precisely that – a workbook to be physically used and written in.  Full of tools and activities to make induction come alive – all organised in a sequential way to take the headache out of planning.  Sections that are clearly marked for home reading, or tutorials when back in the practice.  A perfect aide-memoire for both parties.   GP Induction has never been made easier – the first book of its kind.  Although the workbook is available in print and kindle format,  I suggest the print version as it is meant to be a practical handbook.  At our practice we buy one for each  GP trainee.   So, this time we bought 6 – one of whom is an FY doc.  It means they all go through an equivalent standardised induction process, with all the important elements covered.  It also looks neat and professional than the flimsy bits of paper we have dished out in the past.  And the best bit is this – the ones I have given it to have always had a face of delight upon receiving it – a bit like they’ve been given a little gift – which of course they have. And at £14.99 per book it’s relatively inexpensive – so for all 6 of our trainees to get inducted in a structured easy way cost the practice £90.  A snip.  Proceeds go towards supporting Bradford VTS and keeping it free.  

  • As for your practice-specific information, download this template. Fill in your bits, print and then slide it into the workbook.    Voila! All done.  Nice and easy.

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BULK PURCHASES

If you wish to order in bulk for your scheme, consider contacting me directly to make the process easier.

rameshmehay@gmail.com 

Blog Posts

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Well-being

Listen

Listen Compassionately By Karen Forshaw GP Doncaster (Yorkshire & the Humber) By Chrisssie Mowbray Chartered Physiotherapist (Yorkshire) When we run our resilience courses, delegates often describe having their energy drained

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Well-being

Where are we with wellbeing?

Where are we with Wellbeing? a reflection By Karen Forshaw GP Doncaster (Yorkshire & the Humber) By Chrisssie Mowbray Chartered Physiotherapist (Yorkshire) Unfortunately, the statistics are rather dismal: The GMC

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New Balint Group

TRAINERS & TRAINEES WELCOME Want to join a balint group? Are you interested in joining an online Balint group?  We have vacancies in  a group on the third Wednesday each

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"The highest education is that which merely does not give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence"

Please donate

to help keep this site alive & free.

Did you know: Bradford VTS doesn’t get much money from large external sources.  In fact, a lot of the funding comes out of our own pocket and contributions from kind people – mostly your trainers. 

We try to keep the site as FREE as possible. Occasionally we ask for money for the odd resource.    We rely on this bit of money to help fund us.   We don’t ask for much as you can see (compare it to the 100s you pay for courses).    We hope you think we are reasonable and fair. 

Please, please, please contribute.  It is an unfortunate fact that most of our funding comes from GP trainers and very little from Trainees.  If you would like to change this, then please click on the contribution page here.

Bradford VTS was created in 2002 for one main reason – to simply create a platform where we can share ideas, knowledge and skills so that we can co-create to produce wonderful new things effortlessly.  We have stood the test of time… Bradford VTS is made with by Dr Ramesh Mehay and others, often in our spare time.

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You’ll be unwise not to subscribe!   We don’t bombard you.  We only send you the occaisional thing when it’s what we consider important and you get reminders about things like Educational Supervision meetings.  You can always unsubscribe later if it doesn’t suit you. 

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I am struggling Right Now

Please call, there are people to help.  You’re not alone; lots of doctors struggle. Addiction? Mental Health? Stress? Please call them now.

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I've got money problems

Lots of doctors struggle with money. You are not alone. So please don’t suffer in silence. There are people and organisations out there to help you. Click the link below to find out more.

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The Essential Handbook

The Essential Handbook of GP Training and Education (for GP Trainers) is written by over 80 GP Educators .  Coordinated and edited by Dr Ramesh Mehay. Click the button for a discount.

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Our Amazon Bookshop

Please consider ordering your GP training books from our Amazon bookshop. We don’t get much (only about 4%) but every bit helps to keep our site alive and free.  Thank you so much for doing this.

"to be trained is to arrive, to be educated is to continue to travel"

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Since 2001

Yes, that’s right.  The Bradford VTS website has been helping GP Trainees and Trainers since 2001.  If you want to take a look at an early version (2004) of our website, click here.

The aim of this website has always been…

to facilitate the development of doctors who are reflective practitioners.

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"The big, clever and fun 'go to' resource site perfectly ideal for all clinical educators."​
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How IT ALL STARTED
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
WHO ARE WE FOR?

Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

Our fundamental belief is to openly and freely share knowledge to help learn and develop with each other.  Feel free to use the information – as long as it is not for a commercial purpose.   

We have a wealth of downloadable resources and we also welcome copyright-free educational material from all our users to help build our rich resource (send to bradfordvts@gmail.com).

Our sections on (medical) COMMUNICATION SKILLS and (medical) TEACHING & LEARNING are perhaps the best and most comprehensive on the world wide web (see white-on-black menu header section on the homepage).

4th February 2024 

WHAT's HAPPENING?

Here are some updates planned over the next 6 months

  1. Updating the SCA exam pages with cases and videos.
  2. Clinical Specialty areas all being updated with current guidance and easy to understand diagrams and flow charts.
  3. Videos being created for some of the pages for those of you who prefer to watch than read.
  4. We’ve got some bradfordvts helpers to contribute and develop their own pages or areas of interest.  If you would like to be a bradfordvts helper, email me rameshmehay@googlemail.com
  5. We provide all of this for free. But it costs us money to run.  If you could kindly donate something, that would be great.  We do all of this for you.   Please hit the button below. xxx