The future of General Practice is dependent on recruiting and training new GPs to high standards. Dr Sharma, Dr Morton, Dr Price and Dr Rhodes are qualified GP trainers working on the Pennine GP Training scheme. This means that we often have few training GPs in the surgery seeing patients. They are fully qualified doctors working under the supervision of all the 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.
Other Health professionals training
We are keen to help train other health professionals to work within primary care. We have been actively involved in training of the following health professionals within the practice;
- Physician Associates – in collaboration with Leeds University, we have been involved in training of Physician Associates within primary care. Physician Associates are healthcare professionals with a generalist medical education who work alongside doctors, physicians, GPs and surgeons to provide medical care as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.
- Clinical Pharmacists (independent prescribers) – we are working with Sheffield University and Salford University to help training clinical pharmacists to work within general practice as independent prescribers.
- Advanced Nurse Practitioners – we have also supported training of Nurses to become Advanced Nurse Practitioners
- Practice Nurse and Nurse Associates training – Our Lead nurse is currently establishing a programme for the training of Practice Nurses and Nurse Associates within practice and further information will be available on our website in the near future.
Dr Sharma is our practice lead GP for medical research. Our lead nurse Diane and Health care assistant Alexa are research trained as well. 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.
We are a research ready practice, which means we will have a chance to participate and contribute to clinical studies which in turn helps to develop new treatments and protocols for future.
On occasion we will have a number of clinical trials running and will make suitable patients aware so they can choose to participate. Please be assured that all the studies we participate in are from National Institute for Health Research portfolio and has all the necessary local as well as national approvals.
Currently we are working with RCGP for Flu Surveillance in our region, Renewed Online study, REST study amogst others.
We have established links with the Clinical Research Network which is part of the National Institute for Health Research.
Further information about GDPR regulations and Data confidentiality in relation to research activity can be accessed by following this link.
Elmwood Family Doctors is also part of a national network of practices working with Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to provide pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance. This enables continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research. The RCGP RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England (PHE) and helps with prediction and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.
Providing pseudonymised data does not affect patients, their care or privacy, however if you no longer wish to allow your information to be used, please let us know. You can read further information regarding this in this wrs-patient-information-leaflet.