Training of GPs/ GP Registrars
Upper Eden Medical Practice has become involved in training GPs. We feel that this enriches the quality of care given to the community by stimulating discussion and debate about new ideas and different practices.
Doctors undergoing training in general practice are referred to as GP registrars, formerly called trainees. All are fully qualified doctors, and some may have extensive hospital experience prior to coming into general practice. Training in general practice takes three years from the time of becoming a GP registrar to the time of qualifying to practice as a GP. The three years are divided in to selected hospital posts and time training in general practice. The GP attachment is usually split into a six-month spell in the surgery at the beginning of their training, and an six-twelve month spell at the end. Before becoming licensed to work independently in general practice, all registrars must pass a set of exams to prove their competence.
While undergoing their training, GP registrars are closely supervised and trained by an approved trainer. At Upper Eden we have one approved trainer, Dr M Galea, although it is important that the whole surgery team participates in, and supports the process of training. Throughout their training registrars come under the umbrella of the North Cumbria GP Training Scheme, whose office is based in Carlisle
Patients should be aware that as part of the process of training, it is necessary that GP registrars discuss patients with their trainer. This involves confidentially viewing patients’ handheld and computer medical records. You can expect GP Registrars to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice.
Patients are also key partners in the training process and the help, support and understanding of patients really is appreciated. One aspect of this process is the video recording of consultations.
This is an important part of training registrars in consultation skills, and in the process of assessment for their exams.
Patients will never be recorded without their consent before starting, and intimate examinations will never be conducted in front of the camera. If a patient subsequently wishes to withdraw their consent after they have been recorded, this wish will be respected, and the recording erased.
Videotapes will only ever be watched by registrars, trainers, and possibly examiners if the recording is submitted for exam purposes.
Patients should never feel uncomfortable about refusing to be taped if they would prefer not to be.