As a teaching practice of the University of Nottingham, there are times when medical students will be with us. If your consultation is during these times you will be advised by the reception team that they will be part of your consultation. Please advise the reception team member when you arrive if this will cause you a concern as we can very easily make alternative arrangements to allow for you to have a one to one consultation with your doctor.
What are GP registrars?
GP registrars are doctors who qualified more than 2 years ago. They have already worked in hospital for those 2 years (foundation years 1 and 2) and most have other experiences in hospital or general practice in addition to this.
The GP registrar is now on a 3 year GP training programme based at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, at the end of which they will be assessed for Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) and will then be able to practice independently as a GP.
Matlock and Ashover Practice is one of the 17 practices in North Derbyshire, accredited to teach and train GP registrars.
What can the GP registrar do?
The GP registrar is fully qualified and is able to make diagnoses and offer treatments as any GP is able to. At the end of each surgery one of the experienced GPs goes through any difficulties the GP registrar may have had to help with their training. Sometimes the GP registrar will ask one of the experienced GPs to come and see the patient as well, if they are unsure about something.
As part of their assessments, the GP registrars have to video some consultations to show the experienced GPs how well they communicate with patients. We will let you know and gain your consent if we are doing this but you are within your rights to say that you don't want this to happen.