About GP Department

Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey & Sussex (HEE KSS) GP Specialty School is responsible for the delivery of GP Education and training for those doctors training for general practice in the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex – managed in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The GP Education Department is an integral part of HEE KSS which covers the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. This is a densely populated part of the South East which benefits from its proximity to London, good rail links and several areas of natural beauty including a long and ever-changing coast line.

On this website you will be able to find information about:

  • Run-through Training programmes for General Practice
  • Your career choices and opportunities when you have qualified as a GP
  • How you can be supported as a practising GP
  • How to become a GP trainer or clinical supervisor
  • Information and contact details of personnel at HEE KSS and the GP department

Although the main role of the GP Education Department is to support the recruitment and retention of doctors in general practice, it also has an active and vigorous part to play in many of the processes that support primary care, particularly those of continuing professional development. To that end it has established strong links with the Primary Care Organisations, the South East Coastal Strategic Health Authority and also with the Universities in the counties that it covers.

We would be pleased to hear your views on the GP site. We would also like to hear from you if you feel there are areas we should improve on, or areas you feel we have altogether missed out! 

Structure of the School

HEEKSS GP School covers the geographical areas of Kent, Surrey and Sussex which includes a population of 4.2 million served by 4000 GPs, 20 CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups), 11 Acute Hospital Trusts and 4 Mental Health Trusts.

There are 11 GP Specialty Training Programmes (formerly Vocational Training Schemes) in the GP School supported by over 50 GP Specialty Training Programme Directors. There are nearly 500 GP Trainers in the School who at any one time are supporting about 800 GP Specialty Training Registrars in both their hospital and GP placements, at different stages of their training. Each county (patch) is supported by two Associate GP Deans.

The Postgraduate Dean of HEE KSS is Prof. Graeme Dewhurst. The Primary Care Dean is Prof. Christopher Warwick, who is also the Deputy Postgraduate Dean. Dr Liz Norris is Head of the GP School and Deputy Primary Care Dean.

The GP Specialty Training Programmes (Schemes) are individual geographically based subsets of the GP School. In their configuration, some of these reflect the change in organisation of the local Acute Hospital Trusts and are thus larger than others, but many Programmes have increasingly close working relationships with their neighbours.

GP HEE KSS School Support Structure

GP Specialty trainees will have the support of a Clinical Supervisor during their hospital attachments, and will also have a GP Educational Supervisor. The Clinical Supervisor will ensure that appropriate clinical experience is available for trainees, congruent with the developmental needs of the trainee with reference to the GP curriculum and patient safety. They will also be responsible for supervising the workplace based assessments and ensuring the trainees are able to get these effectively organised. The GP Educational Supervisor will facilitate meetings with the trainee/s for whom they are responsible and support their learning and development in line with the requirements of the GP curriculum and also check that the assessments are happening appropriately. The GP Educational Supervisor will be a qualified GP Trainer.

The GP placements will be undertaken in a Practice approved for GP training purposes. In a similar way to the hospital placements, trainees will be supported by both a Clinical Supervisor and a GP Educational Supervisor. However, if they are attached to a Practice that has one or more GP Trainers, then the GP Trainer will undertake both roles. If the attachment is in an approved Practice that has GPs who are trained for the role of Clinical Supervisor, then the GP Educational Supervisor will be a GP Trainer in a nearby Practice.

Each GP Training Programme locality will be supported by a Local Faculty Group.

The GP Specialty School local Faculty Group will have a patch Associate GP Dean as its chair and will have membership drawn from the local GP Trainers and GP Educational Supervisors, the GP Specialty Programme Directors, and trainees.


Prof. Warwick and Dr Norris lead a team of Associate Deans who are a group of working GPs with an interest and qualifications in education in primary care and its management.

The Life-Long Learning Adviser, Steve Scudder, is also part of the team and works closely with the Patch Associate GP Deans, and GP Tutors within HEE KSS.

The GP HEE KSS structure is responsive to the needs of today’s general practice education, and offers opportunities for all team members to work towards their aspirations and full potential.

To find out more about their roles please visit our Our Team page