Teaching and training is an important part of our practice. We have been a training practice for over 13 years and have had continuous registrars (trainees) in post since then. We have also supported Southampton Medical School and offered teaching to medical students from each year of the undergraduate course. The current postgraduate training program is undergoing a series of changes and we are now also offering training for the junior doctors throughout their training program.
Dr Judy Walters, Dr Helena McKeown, Dr Jane Bowden, Dr Jeremy Howell & Dr Martin Essigman are our accredited trainers, Dr Craig Kyte supervises doctors in their foundation year and Dr Fiona Stein & Dr Emma Naylor are responsible for much of the medical student teaching. All the partners, other members of the clinical and administrative team take an active part in training particularly in those areas where they have a special interest.
Students enter medical school, our local one is Southampton, for a four or five year course depending on previous degrees.
After qualifying, the junior doctors enter a 2 year Foundation course (F1 and F2). This will consist of 4-6 months in a variety of specialties depending on local availability. During the first year the junior doctors are not allowed to prescribe medications.
Following the Foundation course the doctors then decide on a career pathway and enter a 3 year specialist training program (ST1, ST2 and ST3 or Registrar) It is quite likely that this specialist training program will be lengthened in the near future.
Throughout the foundation years and the specialist training program the doctors are continually assessed by the trainers and other members of the team by a variety of means.
The practice is very well suited for training purposes. The patients provide a valuable source of symptoms and signs for the medical students to identify, but more importantly enable students and junior doctors to learn about disease management, preventative medicine and the consequences of illnesses on individuals and their families. In addition we are hopefully training the next generation of general practitioners.
The medical students tend to sit in with the doctors, but may occasionally take a history on their own. In addition it is sometimes helpful to allow a student, under supervision, to examine patients.
The junior doctors will be more likely to see patients on their own. This encourages the doctors to take responsibility and plan a course of action. The appointments will usually be longer, and the doctor may need to seek advice at the time of the consultation. Each surgery will have a supervising doctor and the juniors are monitored by case analysis and occasionally by using the video. Video consultations are for teaching purposes only and patient consent is necessary prior to and after the consultation. The video is more about the doctor than the patient as it allows the doctor to examine and constructively criticise his/her performance in relation to the consultation.
We are very keen to support the students and junior doctors but recognise that at times patients may prefer to see their regular GP, and that there may be times when it is not appropriate to be seen by a student. Please do let the Receptionist know if you would prefer not to have a student or junior doctor sitting in with your GP for your appointment.
Our surgery is a part of the Primary Care Research Network regionally based at the University Of Southampton and supported by the Department of Health. This means that as a practice we participate in studies which help find evidence for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness in general practice. All studies are of high quality and ethically sound.
From time to time we may write to you or ask you in surgery if you would like to participate in a particular study. Details will be fully explained to you and your consent obtained so you know exactly what would be involved. It is entirely your decision whether or not you take part. None of your details are passed onto researchers without your consent.
Our research lead is Dr Mike Moore who is also a research professor at Southampton University; he is ably supported by our research nurse, Katie Post.
These are the studies that we are currently involved in:
A study of antibiotics for chest infections in children
A study of phased stopping of antidepressants
A study of health and wellbeing after successful cancer treatment
A health and wellbeing in the over 65s
A study of flu treatments