preparation for practice

GP Trailblazer programme

National programme


Our trailblazer programmes allow motivated trainees and recently qualified GPs to work in practices in areas of socio-economic deprivation. The aim is to develop the skills, knowledge, experience and resilience to stay working in these challenging, but incredibly rewarding environments and to help practices in under-doctored areas to recruit and retain GPs.

The scheme started in 2018 in Yorkshire and the Humber and was closely modelled on the Deep End pioneer scheme in Scotland. In 2020, after two amazingly evaluated cohorts, we were delighted to expand the GP fellowship programme to other parts of England, including the East of England, East and West Midlands, the South West and the North East.

The Trailblazer programme includes:

1) Innovative Trailblazer Training rotations for more than 60 GP Specialty Trainees in Yorkshire and Humber

2) Local Trailblazer GP Fellowships in areas of England

3) A national once monthly Trailblazer GP Educational programme that brings together our trailblazers for continuing professional development

National programme

We run a monthly programme that brings together GPs on Trailblazer and other deprivation and health equity focused fellowships. The sessions are online and aim to be on the last Friday of each month. 

Topics include:

• Introduction to Health inequalities
• Trauma Informed Care
• Introduction to Health Creation
• Persistent Pain
• Refugee and Migrant Health
• Homeless Health
• Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
• Healthcare of patients from Black, Asian and diverse ethnic backgrounds
• Public Health
• Medically unexplained symptoms
• Prison medicine
• Coastal and rural deprivation
• Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultural awareness training
• National conference
If you are on a relevant post CCT GP or other fellowship and would like information about accessing this educational programme or have any questions about the sessions please contact [email protected] (national lead) or [email protected] (Yorkshire and Humber lead).