The practice is involved in training the next generation of GPs. So we often have GP Trainees working with us to learn all about general practice. GP Trainees are fully qualified doctors who have completed several years in posts in hospitals gaining experience in different specialties. To complete their training they must spend time in a practice. Their training involves an element of video consultations. You will always be asked if you wish to participate in this.
Pre Registration House Officers
From time to time we may have a newly qualified doctor spending 4 months with us as part of the probationary year all doctors must spend before becoming finally fully registered. These doctors have spent 5 years training as doctors. However they will have limited experience and as such will be much more closely supervised than GP Trainees, usually discussing all cases with a GP who will have to sign all their prescriptions.
We are also involved in training medical students. You will be asked if you will agree to see a medical student to discuss your case. You will then always go on to see a GP who will decide on your care.
The Doctors Continuing Professional Development
All doctors have to continue to learn even after becoming GPs. We are required now to spend many hours in educational pursuits each year. Areas of improvement are identified with help from GP tutors and plans made to learn more in these subjects.
As part of our continuing training we all may from time to time ask to video our consultations. You will have a choice whether you wish to be involved.