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 Wednesday 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.
In 2016 Dr Lucy Fisher will qualify as a GP Tutor and the practice will become a Training Practice. This means that we will regularly be allocated a GP Registrar - a qualified doctor who has chosen general practice as their speciality. The Registrar will be in the process of working through a 3 year training programme which will involve at least 2 periods of working in a GP surgery. They will usually stay with us for 6 months (though GPs who are working part time will stay for 9 months). They may then move on to a different speciality such as mental health or child health, which will help them in their eventual work as a fully qualified GP.
You may well have heard media reports about the shortage of GPs so we are delighted to be taking a part in supporting the training programme and in having the opportunity to encourage newly qualified doctors to stay and work in the North East!
Part of the teaching and training process it to record consultations from time to time - the student or Registrar will review these recorded consultations with their trainer, to learn how to improve their consultation style. Your consent will always be asked before any recording is made, and all recordings will be stored securely on encrypted software. It may also be necessary, from time to time, to review the quality of note-keeping made by those involved in teaching and training to ensure that high standards are maintained.