Region Covered

The training programme does not cover a defined region, but is funded by, and is largely confined to, the HSE Southern Region covering Co. Cork. A separate programme is now based in the Institute of Technology, Tralee, with training practices in Kerry and adjoining areas of Cork. Day release programmes, training practices and recruitment are now separate for the Cork and Southwest (Kerry) programmes.

The Training Scheme moved to its present accommodation in 3 Bloomfield Terrace on the Western Rd in October 2012 with improved teaching and social facilities. Teaching venues include both the Bloomfield premises, Western Gateway building and the UCC Brookfield Health Sciences Building [BHSC].


The HSE Southern Region and University College Cork, under the direction of the Steering Committee of the Cork G.P.Training Programme administer the scheme.

This Committee consists at present of the following: 

  •  The Director and one Assistant director of the G.P. Training Programme.
  • Three Trainer representatives.
  • Four Trainee representatives.
  • Six Consultants representing the hospitals and specialities within the scheme.
  • The Professor of General Practice, U.C.C. (currently the Chair).
  • The Programme Manager, Community Care, HSE South or his/her nominee.
  • The Administrator, GP Unit, HSE South.
  • Co-opted members at the discretion of Steering Committee

The Steering Committee meets thrice annually, and the Programme Director carries out routine management administration. An Executive Committee exists for interim matters. The HSE Southern Region provides finance.