GP TRAINING AT THE LAKES MEDICAL PRACTICE
We are proud to announce that we have recently been given approval to become a GP Training practice again. Dr Chris Staines will take over the role previously provided by Dr Sanders. This enables us to take a qualified junior doctor who has been recruited to the local GP Training Scheme and provide them with educational support and training whilst they work within the practice, with the aim of them becoming a fully qualified General Practitioner.
The GP training process takes 3 years, 18 months of which is spent split between 2 GP surgeries and 18 months spent rotating through a variety of specialities in our local hospitals.
For us and our patients this means that there will be a new doctor working as part of the practice team, usually for 6 months at a time.
Patients can be reassured that whilst the trainee is already a qualified doctor the work that they do is supervised throughout their training. Initially this supervision is very close as they develop their skills and confidence in General practice. As they progress through their training, approaching the point at which they are ready to be licensed as a fully qualified GP, they are allowed greater responsibility, but always with one of the GPs in the practice on hand to give advice when it is required.
We would very much welcome the support of our patients in ensuring that we can carry out this important training role so that we have new GPs qualifying locally to continue to care for our patients.