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Broad Based Training (BBT) programme

The Broad Based Training (BBT) programme is an exciting and innovative programme to which we have recruited a second cohort of trainees that started in August 2015. The national Broad Based Training programme is an alternative to core training.


Please note that we will not be participating in the 2016 recruitment round for Broad Based Training.

Broad Based Training is a two year structured core training programme providing six-month placements in core medical training, general practice, paediatrics and psychiatry followed by CT/ST2 level training in one of the four specialties, subject to satisfactory progression.  Information on the posts available can be found further on this page.

Why consider this option?

Coming at a time when healthcare provision is changing its focus from acute single episode care, delivered in acute hospitals, to the management of long term conditions delivered within community settings, this programme will equip you for the future by:

  • Developing you into a more broad based practitioner, likely to bring a wider perspective to healthcare provision both now and throughout your career
  • Enabling you to be adept at managing patients with complex medical needs;
  • Ensuring that you have a firm grounding in the provision of patient focused care;
  • Providing you with time to develop conviction in your choice of career pathway; and
  • Equipping you for successful entry into one of the four specialties on successful completion of the programme.

Tell me more about the programme?

The four programmes are based in the Dartford, Brighton, Frimley and Surrey areas. You may already have an idea as to your future career intention but if you are still unclear that does not stop you applying to the programme.

One appointed you will rotate through the four posts, during each post you will have a clinical supervisor in each department you work and an overall educational supervisor. Like the foundation programme and core training programmes there will be an electronic portfolio to support your work.

A BBT curriculum has been developed that focuses on a range of generic competencies and skills you can acquire over the duration of the programme such as communication skills, management and leadership and developing clinical practice. There are also specific areas of expertise relevant to the four specialities.

During each placement you will do one session in another of the specialities to see how the care of the patient is integrated. For example in medicine you may explore how patients with long term conditions are managed in general practice compared to hospital based clinics or from general practice follow patients through a psychiatric clinic. You will also be encouraged to undertake audit and/or research as appropriate.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex – CT1 Broad Based Training Programme

Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex has four BBT programmes hosting four trainees each. Programmes are based around an acute NHS trust, with placements in local psychiatry trusts and GP training practices.

Each placement will be integrated with one of the other specialities. There will be a good support structure for trainees via a faculty group and opportunity to meet your supervisor regularly. Dr Mary-Rose Shears is the BBT programme director.

A programme information summary and an FAQ can be found in the related documents section at the bottom of this page.

Why choose KSS?

The counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex cover the major part of the urban and rural areas of South East England. There are excellent transport links to London and Europe with the Eurostar and high speed rail link and the many cross channel routes. It has a rich mix of towns, three ancient cathedral cities and a long and varied coastline. In terms of lifestyle, rest and relaxation and transport links we think it is the perfect part of the world in which to train.

We are pleased to be recruiting to four posts at four BBT programmes across Kent, Surrey and Sussex:

  • Brighton, in Sussex, acts as the hub for one of our rotations with placements in the city itself and along the south coast. Brighton offers a vibrant atmosphere with a mix of history and culture, sophisticated shopping, busy restaurants with the laid back charms of the seaside.  Programme Location: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Frimley, Surrey, is the hub for another rotation with placements based at Frimley Health Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Psych) and GP placements in the surrounding vicinity. Frimley is in the West of the county and has good rail and road connections to London. Close by are the River Thames and the historic towns of Windsor and Eton, together with Windsor Great Park. Farnborough is famous for its annual air show and Aldershot has a long association with the British Army and the area is close to Heathrow airport.  Programme location: Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Redhill, Surrey, is a new hub for Broad Based Training in 2015 with placements based at East Surrey Hospital, (Psych) and GP placements in the surrounding area. Redhill is in the East of the county and has good rail and road connections to London.   Programme location: East Surrey Hospital
  • Dartford, Kent is the third hub.  Dartford is situated 20 miles to the east of London on the bank of the river Thames, on the border of Kent, London and Essex.  Dartford is the perfect location to access both the bright lights of London and the wildlife of the countryside.  The Borough of Dartford comprises the down of Dartford and eight surrounding parishes.  Originally a Roman settlement, Dartford is an old market town with a rich industrial heritage.  It now boasts one of the largest shopping centres in Europe and has direct links to the continent with the development of the International railway station at Ebbsfleet.  Programme Location: Darent Valley Hospital

Interested in applying?

Recruitment for Broad Based Training programmes starting in August 2015 is now closed.

What support will I receive?

You will be able to participate in educational activities occurring in the department you are working in but will also participate in a tailor made BBT training programme.

In each of the four areas there will be a well-developed structure to support you known as a local faculty group. Core training has a similar support mechanism. The supervisors meet with you regularly throughout the programme and you can share your feedback on the programme.

There is also a specific BBT training programme director (TPD) who will co-ordinate the four programmes. Dr Mary-Rose Shears (mshears@kss.hee.nhs.uk) is the BBT programme director for HEE's Kent, Surrey and Sussex team. She is a GP and one of our patch associate GP deans.

We also have a well-developed careers advisory service.

Where can I found out more?

Health Education England's North West team is co-ordinating National Recruitment to BBT and there is more information about the selection process on their dedicated website, which will be kept updated with all the latest BBT news.  Please see https://www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/bbt.

For programme and rotation information for all programmes, please see related documents section below.

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