The Medical Centre has been a training practice for doctors wishing to become GPs for nearly 40 years.
In order to be approved as a training practice we have to be regularly assessed by Health Education East of England (formerly known as the Deanery) on many aspects of our work to ensure consistently high standards are reached.
The practice currently has 4 GPs who are formally approved as trainers – Mel Jackson, Emma Ramsay, Vanessa Nash, and Hannah Green - but several of the other GPs will often assist the trainers.
At any time we are likely to have at least one GP in training, and often we will have two. These are doctors who have been medically qualified for at least 2 years and often longer prior to working with us. At all times they are supervised by one of the trainers or one of the other GPs in the practice, and are attached to the Cambridge GP Vocational Training scheme. They are often excellent doctors and our patients frequently miss them when they leave after between 6 months and 2 years training.
During their training they will sometimes have one of the other GPs sitting in with them during consultations with patients in order to help with their training, and sometimes they will ask patients (via the receptionists) if consultations can be videoed for training purposes. If this happens then patients will be asked to sign their consent before this happens. The videos are only looked at for training purposes and are then destroyed.
We are fortunate in that having been a training practice for so long our patients are used to this and are generally very tolerant and accepting of the fact that future doctors have to learn.
Thank you for your patience and agreement if asked to participate in these activities, but if you feel you don’t want to participate please simply tell the receptionist and she will ensure that videos are not recorded and/or only one doctor is present. Needless to say your care will not be compromised if you prefer not to be involved in GP training.
Our current GP registrar is Dr Jess Law.