On occasions we have doctors in training, as we have been appointed to help introduce hospital doctors to General Practice. This is compulsory experience for any doctor who wishes to become a G.P. These fully qualified doctors work in the practice for six or twelve months. They do the same work as partners but are carefully supervised. Sometimes, as part of their training and to assess their progress they may be required to video some consultations. The patients involved will always be asked for written consent (and if this is withheld the video will not take place and the patient will not be disadvantaged in any way). All video recordings are treated with the same level of confidentiality as the patient notes.
We currently have 1st - 4th year medical students attached to the practice from Birmingham University. They study within the practice 1-day each week. This enables them to have a wide experience of medical practice. Occasionally medical students may observe partners whilst they consult, this would only be with the patient’s agreement and patients have the right to refuse. All students sign a confidentiality form. Occasionally students need to see patients on an individual basis in order to understand their medical condition or may need to look at patient records whilst studying various medical conditions. If you would be interested in helping the students please leave your name and telephone number at reception or speak to the student co-ordinator.