Training and Teaching

GP Training

We are a teaching and training practice. This means that we have been approved by the Deanery to train doctors who wish to undertake additional training (from 4 months up to one year depending on where they are in their educational process) to become general practitioners, and by major teaching hospitals who have accredited us so that medical students come and join us for short periods as part of their general medical education.

Notes about training grades

Regal Chambers has been closely involved with the training of doctors at various stages of their career for many years. Details of the training grades are shown below.

Medical students

The students at Regal Chambers are in the later stages of their training and are close to taking their final medical exams to become qualified doctors. They sometimes see patients with their supervising GP and may see patients on their own but are always very closely supervised. Any decisions about patient care or prescribing of medications is made in conjunction with the supervising GP.

Doctors in training

After qualifying all doctors have to complete further training as they work towards becoming a GP or hospital specialist. There are 2 types of post graduate training carried out in General practice:

1. The Foundation Programme

This is a two-year training programme for doctors after leaving medical school and doctors can choose from posts in hospital and in General practice. These doctors may not be intending to specialise as GPs.

We sometimes have doctors in the second year of this training (called FY2’s). They will see patients in 20 minute appointments and can make decisions about patient care and prescribe medications without first discussing these with a GP. However the supervising GP is always available to advise the FY2 while the patient is present. All patients are discussed directly after the surgery with a supervising GP.

2. GP Specialty training

These doctors have all completed the 2 year Foundation programme following medical qualification and are now training to become GPs. The training lasts 3 years and thus they may be:

  • 1st year Specialty Trainees (ST1’s)
  • 2nd year Specialty Trainees (ST2’s)
  • 3rd year Specialty Trainees (ST3’s)

The same supervision is in place for these doctors as with the FY2’s above, although as these doctors become more experienced they will make more of their own decisions and so need to consult their supervising GP less often when the patient is with them. The breadth of knowledge of the doctors will clearly depend on what experience they have had previously and this is taken into account in their supervision. Patients are always discussed directly after the surgery with a supervising GP.

All of these doctors start with 20 minute appointments but this will reduce to 10-15 minutes as appropriate for the individual doctor as they gain in experience and get closer to completing their GP training.