Our practice has been accredited as being suitable for the training of doctors who wish to become general practitioners (GP's).
This means that our practice and doctors have had to achieve a number of standards which have been assessed by the Deanery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS Deanery), acting on behalf of the National Training Organisation.
These are some points for your information:
- Those doctors training to become GPs are called GP Registrars. They are employed by the practice.
- GP Registrar's are fully qualified doctors who 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 KSS Deanery, both the practice and the GP trainers are 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.
- In addition to training Registrars, the surgery also occasionally provides training to medical students, usually in their final year of training (from St George's). These students may be present at your consultation, but only with your permission. If you do not wish the student to be present, please advise the GP.
We currently have three qualified GP trainers who support the registrars during their time with us; Dr Jeremy Stephenson, Dr Sarah Haydon and Dr Amit Mehta.