We are a training practice for GP Registrars. This means that fully qualified doctors who have experience in hospital medicine and want to become General Practitioners spend 6 to 12 months in the practice to develop their skills in general practice.
What does this mean?
It means we are officially approved to teach and train doctors who wish to become GPs.
Why become a training practice?
By fulfilling the criteria needed and incorporating this into the way we work we expect to improve and maintain a higher standard of care for our patients.
How did we achieve this?
The practice is examined to ensure that it provides an appropriate learning environment. It must provide a good example both of clinical care and of management. The infrastructure must be sound, the records of high quality and the team committed to learning. The surgery was approved for training on 30/6/2020 for an initial period of 2 years by the East of England Deanery based in Cambridge.
The trainer is examined independently to ensure that they have sufficient knowledge of practice and of education, skills appropriate to one-to-one teaching and educational management, and attitudes supportive of learning.
Dr Janani Dias is the lead trainer in the surgery.
How are these standards maintained?
Every 2-3 years the practice is visited and inspected by a team of representatives from the Deanery who review the practice and interview the staff to ensure standards are being maintained. There is also feedback from the GPs who have been trained at the practice. The Trainer is also formally assessed during this visit.
Who is a GP Registrar?
This is a qualified doctor who has decided to embark on a career in general practice. Their training involves them spending a total of 18 months working at a teaching practice. This is usually divided into a 6 month and 12 month attachments.
How much experience do they have?
By the time you see a GP registrar they will have spent at least 5 years at medical school to qualify as a doctor. Then they will have done 2 years working in hospitals (previously known as “house jobs”). They will then start a 3 year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend 18 months in a training practice. Often the GP Registrar will have more up to date knowledge on hospital treatment and service than we do as they have just come from a hospital job.
What support does the registrar receive from the practice?
Training and education is scheduled into every day practice and all of the GP’s at this practice participate in these sessions. The GP Registrar gets protected 1:1 teaching, opportunity to participate in practice meetings and clinical audits. They get the opportunity to do independent consultations with patients with a Senior GP allocated for each session to support and guide them as needed.