Wellington Medical Centre is a designated training practice. Dr Gailey is a trainer. We are hoping to increase this number in due course. Dr Wynne oversees medical students here at the practice at times during the year.
GP Registrars are qualified doctors training to be General Practitioners (GPs). Medical Students are undergraduates training to be doctors.
All the partners are enthusiastic about training so doctors are supported by the whole practice. At times some consultations are recorded on video for training purposes. We usually have two registrars in post. Past trainees have enjoyed having another registrar in the practice to share clinical problems with.
Teaching from the registrar’s own trainer concentrates on consultation skills and problems, while joint tutorials with both registrars (and sometimes registrars from other practices) concentrate more on specific clinical areas.
GP registrar workload is carefully controlled to be at a level consistent with the registrar’s abilities and experience. In practice this means seeing patients alone only after an induction period, initially with 20-minute appointments (the standard for the practice is 10).
Registrars are encouraged to arrange study outside the practice where this will aim towards MRCGP, or other qualifications.
We endeavour to inform patients in advance of the presence of trainees during consultations. Whilst we hope that patients will co-operate with us to assist their learning, if they do not want trainees present during the consultation, their wishes will be respected.