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 the doctors have had to achieve a number of standards which have been assessed by the GP Deanery for Kent,Surrey & Sussex, acting on behalf of the national organisation (the Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in General Practice).
Those doctors training to become GPs are called GP registrars. They are employed by one of the doctors here, who will be their trainer. A GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience of hospital medicine. If you are seeing this doctor you can expect to receive the quality of service you would expect from your own GP. If you have any concerns please mention this to a member of staff.
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. If you agree, you will be asked to sign a consent form. If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation without your consent please tell him or her immediately. The recording will be for educational purposes only. If you have any questions please ask our reception staff.
Telephone calls may also be recorded from time to time for training purposes.
We also host placements for 5th year medical students from Kings College Hospital, and 4th and 5th year students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School. During their time with us students may sit in with doctors or nurses, and will also see patients under the strict supervision of our GPs. We will always inform you beforehand if a student will be present during your consultation and we respect your right to let us know if you would rather they were not there.
The surgery offers a valuable training ground for these young people and we do appreciate your co-operation.