The Day Release Course for ST3 GP Trainees

Welcome to the Bolton ST3 Day Release Course

Link to: August 2020 – February 2021 GP ST3 Wednesday teaching programme

Link to RCA Preparation Aide Memoire April 2021 (1)

Link to slides about Study Leave and Out of Hours 16.9.20: DRC 16.9.20 TPD INTRO

Link to updated Day Release Course Programme Spring 2020
Link to GPST3 Day Release Course programme 19-20

Link to Feedback from 2018-19 Day Release Course: ST3 Course Evaluation June19

Link to Feedback from 2017-18 ST3 Day Release Course: ST3 DRC FEEDBACK JUNE 2018

Link to Feedback from 2016-17 ST3 Day Release Course: DRC Course Evaluation June 17

Link to Feedback from 2015-16 ST3 Day Release Course: st3-course-evaluation-june16

Bolton ST3s can keep a lot of balls in the air! With Course Organiser Julian Page, June 2018

Bolton ST3 Group with Julian Page – December 2017

Bolton ST3 Group with Julian Page – December 2016

Mission Statement:

To work with Training Practices, GP Trainers, the Trainee group and individual Trainees to produce GP’s proficient in the delivery of high quality primary health care, both now and in the future.

We see the focus of medical care is on teamwork, and the role of the GP is vital in nurturing this team to its full effectiveness.


The Day Release Course (DRC) is run by the Primary Care Medical Educators Julian Page & Nick Pendleton, with support from trainers and expert speakers. Our course begins in mid September, from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm at the Education Centre, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. Then a week or so later we have a 2-day residential course in the Lake District. We will have weekly Wednesday meetings throughout the year with breaks for Christmas, Easter and half term. Our timetable has more sessions in the first half of the year to cover CSA preparation. We encourage the group to break into smaller groups to prepare for the CSA and there are individual sessions provided for CSA practice with Actors and input from a CSA Examiner. The latter part of the programme is more focused on preparing trainees for life after training including CV preparation, interview practice, dealing with difficult situations, conflict and complaints, maintaining work-life balance and managing personal finances. We encourage Trainees to become involved in teaching and participating in the training programme at all stages.