The practice has been approved as a GP training practice. Dr Galbraith is our approved trainer, this means the practice may have a fully qualified doctor working in the practice (Registrar) while training to be a General Practitioner (GP).
This practice has been accredited as being suitable for the training of junior doctors. 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 two national organisations: The Postgraduate Medical Education Training Board and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The terms used to describe trainees can sometimes be a little confusing. Hopefully the following information will make it easier to understand;
Foundation year 2 (FY2) Doctors
These are doctors who have been qualified as a doctor for one year and are spending 4 months in general practice gaining some experience before deciding on which area they would like to specialise in. It is hoped that they will enjoy their placement in general practice although not all Foundation Doctors will become GPs.
Speciality year 1 & 2 (ST1 / ST2) Doctors
These are fully qualified doctors who have decided that they want to become GPs. They are in their first two years of training speciality training.
Speciality year 3 (ST3) Doctors
Previously known as GP Registrars, these doctors are in their final year of training to become GPs. They usually spend 12 months with the practice.
Additionally, we sometimes host final year medical students from St George’s Medical School in London or from Brighton & Sussex Medical School. They are not yet doctors and are very closely supervised by a GP. If you see a medical student you will also be reviewed by a GP.
All of the doctors in training have a GP supervisor who monitors their work to ensure they are working to a standard appropriate to their level of training. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above or anything to do with trainees, please speak to a member of staff.
Dr Galbraith is our Registrar trainer. Part of her time will be used for training sessions with the registrars.
As part of their training, the Registrars need to video some of their consultations.
If they are videoing on a particular day you will be asked to sign a form to agree to this. You do not have to sign this form and your consultation will not be videoed. This will not affect your consultation in any way.
Any videoed consultations will be strictly confidential and used for training purposes only.
Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire (PSQ)
In order to monitor performance you may be asked to fill in a PSQ from time to time. These are an important part of each Registrar’s assessment and patients are encouraged to fill these out as honestly as possible.