Northgate Village Surgery has been a Training Practice for many years with regards to GP registrars, Foundation GP's and Medical Students.
As our surgery is a teaching practice we occasionally have groups of medical students working with us to further their education. During their time with us, they are required to sit in during appointments from time to time.
A medical student is a doctor in training; they are not yet qualified as a doctor but are here to see patients under the direct supervision of their GP trainer. You may see the student and then the GP trainer within your appointment.
Part of their training requires them to observe and see patients under supervision and nurses and other members of the team often have students working with them. At no time are you under any obligation to agree to this. If you do not feel comfortable with a medical student present during your appointment, please inform a member of staff when you book your appointment or as soon as possible on arrival.
As a consequence, occasionally your permission may be asked for two doctors to be present at your consultation or for your consultation to be recorded on video. These recordings are used in strict confidence for training or examination purposes only and are erased after use.
Read our Meeting Medical Students leaflet for more information.
Junior foundation doctors train at the Practice.
Foundation doctors are qualified doctors gaining valuable GP experience before they make their decision in what area they are going to specialise in - if they decide to specialise in General Practice they will go onto being a GP Registrar.
You will see the Foundation doctor alone during your appointment as they are qualified to treat you, although they may seek extra support from their GP trainer.
We have additional doctors called registrars who usually work with us for a year, helping them become fully qualified GP's.
Registrars also consult with patients alone as they are qualified doctors specialising in General Practice. They are in training to become a fully qualified GP. They may also seek extra advice from their colleagues.
We train new student nurses and nurses who are returning to nursing after several years working in other fields.
In 2017 we were pleased to have our first Graduate Student Nurse training here at Northgate Village Surgery. The Nurse kindly wrote a short piece on what it means to be a Student here at the Practice.
"As a Student Nurse in Primary Care it can be very daunting, the worry of patients not being happy to have you sit in on consultations and complete treatments, however, here at Northgate Village every patient I have encountered has been supportive and happy in engaging with me.
Being involved in the care all patients receive has enabled me to develop my knowledge, practice skills, and to really understand both patient and Nurse Practitioner needs and expectations. Without gaining a patients consent to be involved in the care being delivered, I would not have gained the experience to pass my degree.
So thank you to each patient at Northgate Village Surgery. It has been a pleasure being your Student Nurse."