GP Trainees

The following pages are intended to provide trainees with information on various processes associated with GP Training.

GP Programme Directors

Each GP Training Scheme has two GP Programme Directors. They should be your first point of contact for any queries you have about your training.

Registration with the RCGP and the e-portfolio

Prior to commencing your GP Training you must register with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) as an Associate in Training (AiT). You will need a National Training Number (NTN) to enable you to register and gain access to the RCGP eportfolio which is a requirement of GP Specialty Training.

How to obtain a National Training Number (NTN)

NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) (single lead employer) will notify us once you have enrolled with them.  We will allocate your NTN and email the details to you.  This will allow you to register with the RCGP and access the ePortfolio. 

Form R

As a requirement of the Gold Guide, all trainees in training must submit an annual registration Form R every 12 months.  Details on how to do this will be issued by the Wales Deanery at the appropriate time. 


Throughout your training you will be expected to complete the GMC Trainee Survey which is issued in the Spring of each year. The surveys are a pivotal element of the Quality Framework which help those involved with training ensure it is delivered to the national standards required. Further information can be found here. Further information on the Wales Deanery Quality Unit can be found here.

In addition to the GMC Survey you will also be asked to complete an online End of Placement Evaluation Form (EPEF) every 6 months. We recognise that the number of questionnaires you are asked to complete can be onerous. However, this EPEF should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete and the anonymised results are extremely valuable to the Deanery and the GP Programme Directors in highlighting issues and good practice on individual training schemes. We appreciate the time you take to complete these and would like to assure you that the information you give is highly important to us.

Educational Supervisors

During your GP training you will be assigned a GP During your GP training you will be assigned a GP Educational Supervisor who will provide guidance and feedback to you throughout your training.

Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) Panels

Every 12 months in training you are required to have an ARCP to asses your progress over the last 12 months.  Futher information can be found here.

GP Trainee Annual Appraisal

As per the Gold Guide, you are required to have an annual appraisal with your GP Educational Supervisor. Your outcome from your ARCP Panel forms part of your GP trainee appraisal; as a result your appraisal will take place after the ARCP Panels.

GP Specialty Academic Trainee (GPSAT) Posts

At the beginning of your ST2 year you will be invited to apply in open competition for a GP Specialty Academic Trainee post. Please contact for further information. For person specification please click HERE. For a role description please click HERE. Further information on the GP Training Academic Scheme can be found HERE.

Medical Performers List (MPL)

All GP Trainees must be included on the Medical Performers List before they can work in a GP Practice. 

Maternity and Paternity, Annual, Sick and Other Leave 

 Please see the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website 

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