Training in Swindon

About the Area

Swindon offers one of the best training experiences in the country. Swindon is a large town with all the amenities that you would expect for an urban area of its size, however it is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. It is well located, with excellent road and rail links to Bristol, the South West, Oxford, Bath and London. 

Most secondary care jobs are based in the modern and very well respected Great Western Hospital in Swindon. There are a diversity of training practices covering rural and urban areas, and we ensure that trainees have positive but very different experiences in their 2 practice placements. The education team is enthusiastic and committed to ensuring that you have the best training experience possible during your time in Swindon.

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How to Apply

Application for general practice training is through the: National Recruitment Office for General Practice

Training in the Swindon area is part of the: Severn Deanery School of Primary Care

The linked websites above will provide you with all the necessary information to apply to GP training in Swindon.

Training Practices

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Who's Who

The TeamEducators

Dr Jon Elliman,

Dr Jon Elliman, Associate Postgraduate Dean GP Education (Swindon)

I have responsibility for overseeing the Swindon/Cirencester GP vocational training scheme, and the training practices within that patch. I was the programme organizer for the scheme for several years and have seen many exciting changes over that time. I am a partner and trainer in a Swindon practice, and did my vocational training many years ago on this scheme. I feel fortunate to work with such a great group of colleagues, and enjoy meeting all the GPSTs from whom I learn so much. I also look after Swindon Town football club.

Dr Joanna Swallow

Dr Joanna Swallow GP Educator

Having trained at medical school in London, I was attracted to the beauty of the South West and have been working here for the past 10 years.

I work 3 days per week as a salaried GP in Wiltshire and teach 1 day per week. My teaching role encompasses facilitating small group work with ST1 and ST2 GP trainees, organising the teaching programme and providing pastoral support.

In my leisure time I compete in triathlons and enjoy to surf, ski and travel.

My medical interests include GP education, family planning, dermoscopy and sports medicine.

Dr TomGamble

Dr Tom Gamble GP Educator: Responsible for Program Organising with Martyn Hewitt; ST1/2 small group teaching; overseeing website.

Since completing my GP training in Swindon I have worked as a locum and salaried GP in the Swindon area, and have developed an interest in medical education. I am currently acting as program organiser for the ST 1/2 trainees, as well as an ST 1/2 small group facilitator, CPD event facilitation, website maintenance and some involvement in the ST3 half day release teaching.

Away from work I play tennis, and enjoy films and 80s music.

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Dr Liz Alden, GP Educator


Siobhan Timms, Senior GP Education Co-ordinator
(in office Monday-Thursday)
01793 60 44 24 (internal ext 4424)

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