We are committed to our involvement in teaching and training. We think it is important to provide young people with a very positive experience of primary care - this may encourage them to choose general practice as a positive career choice for the future!
On Thursday mornings during University term times we are joined by a small group of 3rd year medical students - they are about half way through their University course. We are grateful when our patients allow the students to practice their consultation skills, and give them the opportunity to hear about the patients' perspective of living with different health conditions.
From time to time we are joined by a 4th or 5th year medical student for a period of about 6 weeks. They spend time with a wide range of clinical team members, gradually learning how to consult on their own. At the end of these consultations, the supervising GP joins in the room to check the student's findings, agree a treatment plan and prescribe where necessary. We will always make it clear to you that the consultation would be with a student in the first instance, and you have the right to decline this type of appointment.
We are not currently taking part in GP training.