Training & Education

We are now acredited as a teaching practice in assosiation with Keele University and at most times there will be a registrar in the practice. This is a fully qualified doctor who has been working in hospital for a minimum of 3 years and possibly longer, who is working towards being a General Practitioner.

These are some points for your information:

Those doctors training to become GPs are known as GP Registrars. They are employed by the practice.
The GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience of hospital medicine.

Sometimes other doctors are also trained and supported in the practice. If you are seeing a Registrar, you can expect to receive the quality of service you would get from your own GP. If you have any concerns, please mention this to a member of staff.

In order for the Registrars to successfully complete their training, they need to be assessed on their consulting skills. This is done by the appointed assessors viewing a video of the registrars consultations. You may be asked for your permission to have your consultation recorded in this way. If you agree, you will need to give your written permission by signing a consent form available at reception desk, which will be offered to you. If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation and you have not signed a consent form, you should indicate this to him or her immediately. The recording will be used for educational purposes only. Further information about this process and the confidentiality of it, can be obtained from the reception staff.

To ensure that the practice continues to meet the standards of training in the Deanery, it and the doctors will be subject to regular inspection visits (normally every three years) At this inspection another doctor will assess the quality of the patient records. If you do not want your own record to be available for inspection, then please inform the practice of your wishes, and they will be respected. Please ask any member of the reception staff if further information is needed.

Medical students will also be attached to the practice on a regular basis. Reception may ask you as you book an appointment if you are happy to see one of these students. The students will always discuss each case with the doctor in the practice before making any decision on you care or managment. You may request not to see this student if you so wish. Whilst we will always respect your wishes without question, please remember that all our GPs were also medical students once!

Please feel free to discuss any of these issues with us if you wish.