Teaching Programme


The aim of the Cork General Practice Training Programme is to provide professional training in General Practice in the HSE South region:

  • To promote and support the on-going professional training of physicians in the specialty of General practice in the HSE South region.
  • To develop the knowledge, skills and values of a reflexive general practitioner, emphasising the principles of patient-centred care, quality of patient care, continuity of patient care, critical and continuous learning and professional development for the GP trainee.  
  • To support ethical and professional practice with patients during in-service training, while acknowledging the educational needs of the trainees.
  • To introduce and promote trainees' participation in the professional community of General Practitioners.
  • To confer eligibility for ICGP membership.
  • To confer eligibility for Specialist Registration in General Practice.

Curriculum for Training

The curriculum recognizes the statements put forth by the Leeuwenhorst Group in 1974, outlining the knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the role of the general Practitioner. It also acknowledges the contributions made by the RCGP in "The Future General Practitioner"(1972), outlining five areas of competencies; Pereira-Gray's (1979) "A System of Training for General Practice"; and Shannon's (1985) "Aims and Objectives of Vocational Training for General Practice in Ireland". The training programme references these templates, along with other compilations of General Practice knowledge, skills and attitudes, such as the "Manchester Rating Scale" and the "Oxford Log".

Principles of Teaching

    • The course should be problem- and patient-based.
    • Active and reflective learning principles should be promoted 
    • There should be collaboration between Trainees and teachers on topics chosen and participation.
    • There should be explicit overall objectives.
    • There should be initial and periodic formative assessment with Trainees.
    • Teaching should be multi-disciplinary when ever possible.

Suggested Reading

The curriculum of general practice is very wide, and formal teaching over three years cannot hope to cover everything which a general practitioner should know. Trainees should consult the list of recommended books and journals for further information on topics not covered in teaching sessions. Incoming trainees are advised to read some of the introductory texts on the nature of general practice in order to derive the maximum benefit from the first year day release and their hospital experience.

Teaching Structure

The programme is structured on the basis of adult, continuing learning, and all components of the training programme have both teaching and learning content.

Formal teaching takes place in a number of settings (each of these is described in more detail below).

    • Hospital Posts

Formal teaching is provided by hospital teachers during the two year's hospital experience which begins the programme.

    • Training Practices

During the third year of training (and from 2008, the fourth year also) each registrar is attached to a training practice, where both formal and informal teaching is provided by the assigned trainer and often other practice members.

    • Day Release

Throughout the three or four years of training, weekly formal day release teaching is provided by the Programme Directing Team, for a half-day weekly for the first two years and for a full day until the end of training.

Study Facilities

The scheme has a library, which stocks a number of journals and a small computer laboratory with on-line access to databases. In addition, trainees have full access to all the study facilities of UCC, including the Boole Library, the Cork University Hospital Medical Library and Medical Library Brookfield (BHSC), to HSE libraries and to the HSE on-line library and learning resources.