We are specialist training practice for “General Practitioners”. We have been a training practice since 2004. Both Dr H MacConachie and Dr C M Markwick are GP Trainers in the practice.
To be a training practice we have to meet considerably higher criteria than “normal” practices with regard to our staffing, consultation times, appointments, record keeping etc. We also have to keep the GPs up to date and appropriately skilled to teach and act as “role models” for the GP's in training.
These doctors are fully-qualified and have at least completed their basic hospital training. Some may have done many years in another speciality – Accident and Emergency, Psychiatry, Paediatrics, Dermatology etc. They spend three years on their GP training rotation and up to twelve months of that time may be working here. During that time they develop their skills in general practice and share existing skills with the practice team here. It is usually a mutually beneficial arrangement.
We will have up to two GP Registrars at any one time. They will run both appointment and open surgeries and you may be offered an appointment with him/her. Their appointments generally will be longer and if there are any concerns they will always be able to get one of the trainers in to the consulting room.
Occasionally, undergraduate medical students spend time at the surgery to gain invaluable practice knowledge by observing consultations. Patients will be asked if they agree to a medical student attending their consultation and they have the right to refuse this request.