‘Mount Farm Surgery is a teaching practice, affiliated with the West Suffolk Training Scheme for GP training.
We regularly have GP trainee registrars working within the practice for a period of time (usually for either 6 or 12 months, depending on their stage of training) as part of the West Suffolk GP Training Scheme. They are qualified doctors who are undergoing further training to enable them to qualify to become a GP.
Whilst in the practice, they have an assigned trainer GP, who oversees their progress in training. The GP registrars see patients in the surgeries at varying rates depending on their stage of training, and do home visits and telephone calls like the other GPs. They have a daily GP supervisor who oversees the work that they do, and is there to answer any questions that they may have. They also have regular teaching sessions with the doctors, and with their trainer. This includes tutorials focussing on the recorded consultations that they have taken with patient permission.
At present, the trainers in the practice are; Dr. Giles, Dr. Ainsworth, and Dr. Hughes. Dr. Polli is training to become a GP trainer too, and hopefully will start this additional role soon.
Throughout their training, the GP registrars attend weekly teaching sessions (in term times) at the Education Centre at the West Suffolk Hospital. Dr. Giles is one of the Training Programme Directors, and helps to arrange and deliver the further training that they have there.
Mount Farm Surgery considers its role in GP training as invaluable, as it not only keeps the doctors in the practice up-to-date, but is helping to train the future generation of GPs for our area and beyond.
On occasion, we also have medical students within the practice for shorter periods of time, and in addition, students who are considering studying to become a doctor sitting in with us for taster periods to find out more about general practice.
We also occasionally have nurse trainees and nurses undergoing further training spending periods of time within the surgery.’