We are a Training Practice, which means that we introduce qualified doctors to general practice for a period of anywhere between 4-12 months. We often have the following people at our practice:
A GP registrar has completed several years of hospital training, and is in a final supervised year in General Practice before becoming a fully qualified GP.
Foundation Year 2 doctors
These doctors are called F2s, and are doctors in their second year of foundation training.
Another type of doctors in supervision and training is a Returner GP. These are usually experienced GPs who have taken a career break from front line general practice, and have taken the decision to return. This requires a minimum period of supervised assessment at a training practice.
In addition to doctors in training, we usually have a cohort of Medical Students attached to the practice as part of their first year teaching for a day a week either in the Autumn or Spring term. It is an important part of their course to observe consultations and patient experience in a general practice setting.
Approximately 50% of medical graduates will go on to become GPs, and it is also vital for the remainder to learn how primary care accounts for around 70% of health care activity within the NHS.
Patients may occasionally be asked if medical students can sit in during their consultation, or if they will consent to a face-to-face interview about their health experiences.We hope you will feel able to help train doctors for the future, but of course you may decline.
If you are a prospective registrar, F2, returner, or medical student and would like to learn more about GP training then please follow this link.
In a training practice, consultations are occasionally recorded for teaching purposes to see how consultations can be improved. They are also sometimes recorded for the doctors’ exams.
You will be invited to give your consent to this at the time of the consultation both before and afterwards (and we fully understand if you decline). Recordings of consultations are maintained under the same strict rules as ordinary medical records, and are deleted once their teaching/exam purpose are fulfilled.