The practice has been accredited since August 1997 as being suitable for the training of those doctors intending to become GP's. 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 The Joint Committee for Postgraduate Training in General practice. Dr J Richards and Dr L Rawson are approved trainers.
Doctors training to become GPs are called GP Trainees.
A GP Trainee is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have several years experience of hospital medicine.
Any doctor who wishes to become a GP must undergo specific training. This training usually takes three years, including one year in general practice.
You can expect to receive the same quality of service from the GP Trainee as you would receive from your own GP.
In order for GP Trainees 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 Trainee's consultations. You may be asked for your permission to have your consultation recorded in this way. If you agree, you will need to give your written permission. If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation and you have not signed a consent form, then you should indicate this to him/her immediately. The recording will be used for educational purposes only.
To ensure the practice continues to meet the standards for training in the KSS Deanery, the practice and the doctors are subject to regular inspection visits (normally every three years). At this inspection another doctor will assess the quality of the patients' records. If you do not want your own records to be available for inspection then please inform the practice of your wishes and they will be respected.
Occasionally medical students from the London teaching hospitals and Brighton Medical School will be attached to the surgery. During their time at the practice they will observe consultations with the doctor or nurse. This is an essential part of training for the next generation of doctors who could be responsbile for your future care. Reception staff will always ask if you agree to a medical student observing your consultation. If you would prefer not to have a student present during your consultation, please let us know.