LEET Recruitment for start in August 2018


Advert (LEET 2018 Starters)


We are looking to appoint six LEET trainees for a fixed period of one year. This is an extension of training after the end of ST3. The aim is to place 3 LEETs in both Severn and Peninsula.

The LEETs will work closely with the local GP educational team and also will have a wider remit to respond to the leadership needs around the region. Travel will be expected as part of this post. 

The posts are 50% clinical and 50% leadership and education development.

There will be local and school-wide leadership support, educational events and mentoring for each post holder in order for them to develop expertise as part of their on-going career development. Each LEET will deliver a single significant project as part of their programme.

Opening date for applications from ST3 level trainees is the 5th February 2018.

The closing date for receipt of applications is the 5th March 2018.

Interviews for both Severn and Peninsula applicants will take place on Wednesday the 25th April 2018 at South-West House, Taunton, TA1 2PX.

We are committed to Equal Opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexuality or age. All applicants who have a health problem or disability and meet the minimum criteria for the position will be guaranteed an interview.


Recruitment details (LEET 2018 starters)


  • The application window opens on 5th February 2018.
  • The deadline for sending completed applications is the 5th March 2018.
  • Shortlisting will be completed on or before 19th March 2018.
  • Interview invites sent out no later than w/c 19th March.
  • Both Peninsula and Severn interview dates will be held on the 25th April 2018 at South-West House, Taunton, TA1 2PX.
  • All interviewees will be notified of outcomes no later than w/c 2nd May.

By applying trainees are confirming that they have had approval from both their Educational Supervisor, and their local Training Programme Director. They must also confirm that they have not had anything other than satisfactory outcomes at previous ARCP reviews and that they can travel to fulfill the requisite needs of the programme.

Please use this link to see the job description and person specification.

ST3 level trainees wishing to join the LEET programme for the coming year need to complete and submit an application form. This will be scored during a shortlisting process.  This score will be carried forward and combined with the interview score to make up a total mark that will be used to rank candidates.

Please find the application form here - once completed please return to - GPrecruitment.SW@hee.nhs.uk


The Interview


The format will be a panel interview, consisting of TPDs, APDs and current LEETs.  

  • The interview will be based on a 5-minute presentation (prepared in advance) 
  • 5 minutes of questioning on the presentation topic. 
  • This will be followed by 5 subsequent questions (approx. 5 minutes each). 

These will test a range of skills and attributes, through a values based recruitment model.


Want to know more about what a LEET year is?


The LEET year is a full extra year of training at the end of ST3, during which you will have 50% of your time in clinical practice, with the other 50% of your time working on projects in your region, both in collaboration with your local Community Education Provider Network (CEPN), and with the host practice.  There is ample time to take advantage of personal development opportunities, and explore your developing interests and leadership skills.  You’ll have a leadership mentor as well as a clinical supervisor to support the different aspects of your work, as well as support from the LEET TPD team.

Some of the many opportunities and benefits of undertaking a LEET year have been summarised by the current cohort of LEETs below:

  • It’s the first time in your medical training that you’ll have opportunities that are individual to you!
  • You can explore ideas and interests in a safe and supported environment and it’s an opportunity to really put some time into developing an area of expertise.
  • You develop skills that will stand you in good stead in the future such as pitching an idea, negotiating with colleagues, or how to find funding for a project.
  • You learn to network with many different people, some of whom might influence the direction you choose thereafter.
  • You learn a lot about the NHS and the many organisations that play a role in decision making.
  • Funding is available to support training and study days. You will have meetings once every six to eight weeks with the other LEETs in the region, as well as the chance to attend training courses, conferences, and national meetings throughout the year
  • Clinically you have an extra twelve months to enhance your clinical skill, plug any remaining gaps and build confidence before the transition to independent practice.  You do need to continue with certain commitments such as the E-portfolio, and out of hours expectation is the same as ST3, as you are still technically a trainee.
  • It’s a good way of looking at options e.g. what it’s like to work with the CCG, or in education, and combine that with being a part-time GP.

There are so many great opportunities to be had during this year!  You don’t need to be a high flier to apply, just someone with plenty of interest and enthusiasm to learn new skills and explore your leadership potential.

If you have any questions, the current LEETs are happy to be contacted as in the next section, below. You are also welcome to contact the supporting TPDs for an informal chat:

Tom Pelly - Tom.Pelly@hee.nhs.uk
Helen Rochester - helen.rochester@nhs.net
Helen Paley - helen.paley@nhs.net
Jasmin Krischer - jas34@live.com



Current and Past LEET's - Project Summaries & Contact Details


John Woodland

"My name is John Woodland and I am a GPST4/LEET working in Torbay.

The LEET year can provide you with so many opportunities to develop new skills in leadership and education. I have been able to access networks which were unknown to me before this year and tap into local and national resources. This year has given me a new-found confidence and I feel ready to tackle the challenge of being a fully qualified GP.

The working week is very variable, and I enjoy splitting my time between clinical and academic duties. The chance to build upon my clinical acumen in an ongoing supportive learning environment has also been invaluable. The LEET programme offers numerous chances to attend courses to learn about leadership, management and education. You can pursue your own academic interests and I have expanded my experience in teaching by delivering a variety of sessions to medical students, F1s and GP trainees. As part of our year we are expected to attend regular meetings with local healthcare authorities such as the CEPNs. This will give you a greater understanding about how primary care is delivered to a locality and the difficulties that come with it. You will also be given chances to lead meetings and present work to a range of audiences.

My main LEET project is a collaborative partnership looking at primary care workforce issues in Devon. We were tasked with delivering a six-month programme of multi-professional workshops for GP trainees, nurse practitioners and pharmacists. We are facing great challenges in primary care and the environment is ever changing. This means that the delivery of the service is increasingly involving clinicians from a variety of professional backgrounds. Patients will therefore rightly expect for these professions to be able to work effectively together. Current evidence has shown we are not doing this to our full potential. Our pilot programme has two main aims. Firstly, we seek to improve working relationships between the different professions. The multi-disciplinary workshops will provide shared learning experiences to allow for personal and professional development. Secondly the project will evaluate how the different groups interact and learn together to see if joint-education has a role to play in future workforce development projects."

Dr. John Woodland




Alex Marsh

"I am a LEET based at St Augustine's Surgery in Keynsham. I also work with the Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Community Educator Provider Networks (CEPNs). My project focuses on encouraging and supporting pharmacists to work in primary care. I am working in collaboration with Bath University to establish GP surgery placements for 4th year pharmacy students. I am also working with the Swindon CEPN to set up a small group to support the educational needs of primary care pharmacists in the Swindon area."

Dr. Alexandra Marsh




Andy Hamilton

"Hi, I'm undertaking my ST4 LEET year in Gloucestershire where I'm working at Churchdown Surgery and with the Gloucestershire CEPN/CCG.  I'm exploring the future of primary care in Gloucestershire working on a range of projects at a local, countywide and regional level.  

With the CEPN/CCG I am involved in workforce projects specifically targeted at integrating trainees into the GP workforce through a newly qualified GP scheme and Health inequalities fellowship.  Additionally, I am part of all the business of the CEPN, which is primarily focused around supporting the educational and training needs of allied health professionals coming into primary care such as Clinical Pharmacists.   

With the practice, I've been leading QI projects as part of the Productive General Practice Programme, and I am undertaking some work on workplace culture inspired by the practice moving imminently to new premises.  This is supported by taking part in the 6 day NHSE GP Improvement Leaders Programme in London. 

I've had the opportunity to get involved with recruiting and training the next generation of GPs through GPST selection, medical school interviews, and mentoring third year medical students in the practice.  Later in the year I'm planning to do some more teaching, particularly with Foundation Doctors.  

Finally, I have had loads of chances to explore my interests and say yes to lots of personal development opportunities such as attending the regular LEET teaching days, RCGP conference, FMLM conference, access to personal coaching, national training hub meetings, RCGP Severn Faculty events and WEAHSN collaboratives.

This is all in the first 6 months of the year, and half of it is clinical time building on the experience of ST3 in a supportive training environment.  It really is an exciting and rewarding year, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.  Please get in touch if you would like to know more, especially about working in Gloucestershire."

Dr Andy Hamilton




Michelle Doidge

"LEET Gloucestershire Jan 2017-18. During my LEET year I developed and piloted 'Just in Case' boxes in Gloucestershire with the aim of improving access to end of life medications. From investigating the problem, designing the solution, multiple PDSA cycles, applying for funding and piloting the idea - I learnt a lot! Since finishing my LEET year I have become a partner in a local practice and continue to work on the implementation of 'Just in Case' boxes and other End of Life projects at Gloucestershire CCG."

Dr. Michelle Doidge

LEET (2017-18)