Training Practice

Merrow Park Surgery is an accredited training practice for doctors and medical students.

Many of our trainees are fully qualified hospital doctors who are gaining experience in General Practice or qualified doctors in their final stage of training to become GPs. The trainees hold their own surgeries under the supervision of our experienced GPs and may also ‘sit in’ during surgeries.

We will let you know if an appointment being offered is with a trainee doctor or if a trainee is sitting in with your usual doctor. If you would prefer for the trainee doctor not to be present at your consultation, please let reception know.

Being an approved training practice means that:

  • patients can directly contribute to the training of future GPs
  • patients who consult with the GPR will have longer consultations
  • it helps all doctors and nurses keep in touch with new medical developments and skills
  • It improves all doctors’ and nurses’ consultation and training skills
  • It ensures that clinical standards and standards of medical record keeping are maintained
  • It helps with recruitment of high quality doctors to the practice for job vacancies

The practice will be regularly assessed for its suitability for postgraduate training in general practice. This process includes an inspection of medical records for quality, NOT content. If you object to your record being seen for this process then you must let us know in writing so these notes can be withdrawn.

An essential component of training in all medical practice is the use of video and consultations with the both the GPR and the trainer present.

We hope that all our patients will be willing to take part in these educational consultations to help us all in improving and maintaining our medical and consultation skills. All video recordings are strictly confidential and are used for teaching only. We will not video your consultation without your consent. Please inform Reception if you would prefer not to participate.