Professional and Generic Skills

The Professional and Generic Skills programme is a collaborative venture provided by NHS England - South West - working across the South West, and delivered jointly by Plymouth University Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD) and the University of Bristol Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.


 NHS England - South West                   

                                                 - working across the South West

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NHSE SW - working across the South West is funding a number of places for the intake year 2022-23 for Doctors & Dentists in Training (ST3+) and a small number of places for SAS Doctors (Specialty Doctor, Staff Grade and Associate Specialists) in more senior roles in the Peninsula region.  The programme is designed to provide a unique combination of practice skills, knowledge and thinking to develop your career path as a clinical leader within an evolving NHS.

You will need to commit nine days each academic year to attend all modules, choosing your modules from any of the six locations across the south west: Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol and Cheltenham/ Gloucester.

Key themes will include:

  • Patient safety, quality systems and your personal responsibilities

  • Communications, partnership and team-working

  • Maintaining trust, medical ethics, and medicine and the law

  • NHS structures and funding

  • Developing management and leadership skills for the future

The programme is stand-alone and will provide Royal College of Physicians CPD credits.  It also provides the opportunity for further postgraduate progression in either clinical education at Bristol University or management and leadership at Plymouth University.

Module Content and Learning Outcomes

Module 1 - Patient safety, quality systems and personal responsibilities (1 day)

Module 2 - Communications, partnership and teamwork: teaching and learning (1 day)

Module 3 - Communications, partnership and teamwork: communications (1 day)

Module 4 - Maintaining Trust; medical ethics, and medicine and the law (1 day)

Module 5 - Management and leadership:  NHS structures and funding (1 day)

Module 6 - Management and leadership:  personal skills (2 days)

Module 7 - Quality Improvement (2 days)

Further detail available here.

2023/24 Module Dates


How To Apply

Professional & Generic Skills Administration team:


Telephone:  01752 437442

Website: Professional & Generic Skills Programme

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