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General Practice Managers Vocational Training Scheme

The General Practice Managers Vocational Training Scheme is a NES funded practice based learning programme for newly appointed, assistant and aspiring Practice Managers in Scotland. 

The Practice Managers Vocational Training Scheme (PMVTS) is delivered over 15 months and includes mandatory participation 3 residential events, 6 one-day workshops and regular tutorials. Participants will be paired with a Practice Manager Educational Facilitator who is a highly experienced Practice Manager; and they will tailor a programme of tutorials to meet participants individual learning needs.

Participants undertake training while working in their current Practice and may be new, assistant or aspiring Practice Managers.  They must be employed in either a supervisory or management role within general medical practice, and must have the support and commitment of their practice.  Each participant is allocated a CPD Allowance to meet the assessment fees of the programme.

The Practice Managers VTS is a highly interactive, participative programme that uses a blended learning approach.  Learning will be assessed by a variety of methods including a 2,500 word management report, a 5,000 word work based project and submission of a portfolio of reflective evidence. This is an intensive programme of study however participants are well supported in their learning by a NES Programme Leader and Practice Manager Educational Facilitators. The PMVTS is currently accredited by The University of West of Scotland and participants who successfully complete the programme will be awarded 80 credits at SCQF level 9.

 Feedback from past trainees

  • "On a daily basis within the practice I have greater confidence and feel I can delegate tasks to other colleagues with greater authority thanks to the PMVTS"
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the experience especially meeting up with my peers and learning and sharing our own experiences. The course gave me confidence in my own abilities and helped me grow as both a PM and a team member"
  • "Being new to management I feel the content of the course, tutorials from my trainer and NES have given me a good solid foundation for my future in General Practice"


How to apply

Applications are sought for the NES Practice Managers Vocational Training Scheme Commencing September 2018. 

Prospective participants are invited to submit a typed completed application form together with supporting information; before completing this, it is important to read the accompanying Applicant Guidance Notes, which contains more details about the Programme and the Applicant Person Specification. Email the completed and signed form to

The closing date for applications is 10am Monday 11th June 2018

Please access the application pack including advert, application guidance and application form below:


Programme Outline

Person Specification

Guidance Notes

Application Form

Becoming a Practice Manager 


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