Crawley & East Surrey Hospital General Practice Speciality Training Scheme.

The General Practice Speciality Training Scheme, or GP STS, is one of the larger schemes in the Kent Surrey and Sussex area. Historically there was a scheme based at Crawley Hospital and another scheme at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.


With the merger of the two trusts in 2000 it became clear that the service reconfiguration meant that the schemes should merge. The large number of doctors on the scheme means that there is a full day of educational activity during term time.

GPST3 trainees have their session on a Wednesday morning, and are joined by GPST1 and GPST2 trainees in a Primary Care rotation, we also provide afternoon sessions 4 times a term for the GPST1/2 trainees who are in a secondary care rotation.

All training sessions are mandatory, but we do understand that trainees in hospital placements might not always be able to get to GPSTS training sessions.

CRESH GP STS day release course – What is it for?

  • To act as a bridge between hospital based practice and the more independent working as a General Practitioner.
  • To develop clinical and inter personal skills fit for the purpose of independent general medical practice.
  • Awareness and attainment of knowledge and skills above and beyond those required for the nMRCGP.
  • Development of a strategy to cope with the demands of primary care.
  • Managing change
  • Lifelong adult learning
  • Personal Learning plans
  • Building a support network

Why have a Day Release as well as tutorials in the Practice?

There are some things within the learning needs of GP Registrars that are best addressed within a group environment – these include

  • Feedback
  • Shared experiences and a broader perspective
  • Peer support including dealing with feelings and emotions
  • Rehearsal (role play)
  • The opportunity to be yourself
  • Time to reflect
  • Specialist resources

The GP STS scheme can also cover areas that the Trainer finds difficult to deal with in the tutorial.

CRESH Practices and location

The 23 practices that provide the General Practice component of the GP STS training are split into 4 distinct areas; North comprising Warlingham, Caterham and Oxted. Central comprising of Merstham, Redhill, Reigate, Horley & Smallfield. South is based in Crawley and its subsidiary towns comprising of Ifield, Broadfield, Maidenbower and Langley Green and finally the West area comprising of Dorking, Newdigate, Leith Hill & Brockham.

The area covered by the scheme is midway between London and the South Coast, about 35 minutes from Central London by train. Gatwick airport is in the centre of our patch and Brighton and the south coast 30 minutes away by car or train.

Crawley is an early example of the “New Towns” having been subject to significant expansion in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Like Milton Keynes Crawley is famous for its roundabouts. The current population is over 100,000 and the proximity of Gatwick airport means that there is almost full employment. There is a wide mix of social and ethnic groups. The people who originally moved to the new town are now forming an ageing population and the age distribution of the area as a whole mirrors that of the UK.

Redhill and Reigate are the two towns to the north of the area covered by CRESH. They are old established towns just outside the M25. Although much of the population is prosperous there are areas of significant social deprivation within the borough.


Meet the team

Learn about our Programme Directors and the wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to CRESH.


If you have any questions, feel free to call one of the CRESH team …

01737 231722


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