The future of General Practice is dependent on recruiting and training new GPs to high standards. Dr Sharma is a qualified GP trainer working on the Pennine GP Training scheme. This means that we often have one and at times two training GPs in the surgery seeing patients. They are fully qualified doctors working under the supervision of all the GPs. Dr Morton is an “intending trainer”, starting his qualification in August 2016 to also mentor trainee GPs.
Junior Doctor Training
The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery coordinate junior doctor training in our region and have requested we take doctors at this foundation stage of training in the future.
We have links to the University College London Medical School and have already had successful placements of medical students at the practice. The understanding and cooperation of our patients in this has been wonderful. You should always be made aware at the time of booking your appointment if any student is timetabled to be with your GP or nurse and given the option for them not to be present. This is completely understandable at all times.
We have had successful work-shadowing placements for 16-18 year old students but can only accommodate these for students from out of our local area due to confidentiality issues and national guidance. Currently we participate in a scheme operated by Leeds University Medical School encouraging students of all backgrounds to consider medicine as a career.
Dr Akam is our practice lead GP for medical research. We continue to contribute to this field to both enable us to be at the forefront of current medical practice alongside hopefully improving diagnostics and treatments in the long term.
Currently we are working with Chapel Allerton Hospital in the early diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
We have established links the the Clinical Research Network which is part of the National Institute for Health Research. We are identifying patients to help with their national HEAT study looking at preventing bleeding ulcers for patients taking aspirin.