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This practice has been accredited as being suitable for the training of those doctors intending to become General Practitioners.

This means that the practice and doctors have had to achieve a number of standards which have been assessed by the GP Deanery for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, acting on behalf of the national organisation (the Postgraduate Medical Education Board).

These are some points for your information: -

1.   The doctors training to become GPs are called GP Registrars. They are supervised by their Trainer or another doctor in the practice and may ask them for advice or reassurance sometimes, during the Consultation.  

2.   The GP registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience in hospital medicine. They usually have a short 4 month placement in the practice in their 3rd year after qualification, (ST1) then a whole year in the 5th year of training (ST3 or STR) that is continually assessed as part of the examinations required to become an independent GP. They may have longer appointments at the start of training.  They may have to have some basic skills assessments during Surgery time. There may be a Supervising GP ‘sitting in’ and observing the Consultation in real time, possibly marking the Registrar’s performance.

3.   Sometimes other doctors are also trained and supported in the practice. These are usually in their 2nd year of training and are experiencing General Practice as part of their Postgraduate Medical Curriculum. These are called ‘FY2 Doctors on Attachment from Frimley Park Hospital’ and will always have a supervisor present in the building. They work weekends in A and E while they are doing their GP Placement.

4.   If you are seeing any of these doctors, you can expect to receive the quality of service you would from your own GP. If you have any concerns or praise, please mention this to a member of staff. You may be given the opportunity to rate the Registrar on their Consultation skills during their year, and thank you for your input. This ‘Patient Satisfaction Survey’ helps the trainer to improve the Registrar’s skills for a successful consultation with the patient, and counts towards their final assessment.

5.   In order for the GP 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 registrar’s consultations. You may be asked for your permission to have your consultation recorded in this way. Any personal examination will NOT be filmed. If you agree, you will need to give your written permission at the start and to confirm at the end of the consultation. There is a consent form available which you should be offered.  If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation and you have not signed a consent form, then you should indicate this to him or her immediately. The recording will be used for educational purposes only, kept on a memory card, held by the Registrar only and deleted when it has been used. Further information about this process and the confidentiality of it, can be obtained from the reception staff.

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