Training Practice

Ouse Valley Practice has been involved in GP Training for many years. Training benefits patients by bringing a fresh outlook, significantly increasing the number of daily appointments available, and often resulting in high levels of patient satisfaction. Patient safety is paramount at all times and our GP trainees are supervised closely and undergo regular assessments both internally at the practice (reviewing video consultations with patient consent, real case-based discussions, direct observation of procedural skills) at their local weekly teaching program and through the Royal College of General Practitioners at the now mandatory MRCGP (membership) examination.

As a practice we are assessed by the Regional Educational Deanery at regular intervals to ensure we maintain high educational standards.  The GP Trainers in the practice are Dr Janet Hardingham and Dr Katie Briggs who are revalidated every 3 years, as well as being peer reviewed by local GP trainers regularly. Our Medical Student Co-ordinator is Dr Tiziana Camilleri.

GP Speciality Training Registrars are in specialist training before becoming a General Practitioner.  They will have had experience of a variety of hospital posts, and have been qualified as a doctor for at least two years before coming into general practice.They are fully supervised by their trainer and you can expect to receive the same quality of service you would from your own GP.

Further details on GP Speciality Training Registrars

The GP Training program is 3 years in duration, with the first 2 years (ST1 & 2) in Hospital posts (a combination of General Medicine, A+E, Paediatrics, Obs & Gynae and Psychiatry, amongst others) but also incorporating two 4 month GP placements. The final year (ST3) is spent entirely in General Practice. It is at this stage that our Training GPs complete the MRCGP examination to gain accreditation to practice independently as a GP.

Video Consultations

There may be times when the Training Doctor will be videoing consultations for their learning. This is a powerful tool in developing effective communication skills when viewed by their trainer alongside the Training doctor and remains completely confidential. We will always ask you to sign your permission beforehand and then again after the consultation. You will be given the choice to decline this offer, and your decision will be fully respected and will in no way affect the care you are given.

The Surgery is also affiliated to Brighton and Sussex Medical School. We will occasionally have medical students in the Practice. They are early in their training to become doctors so will be fully supervised by another doctor. They may be sitting in on consultations to observe; normally on a Thursday afternoon. You may be asked if you would mind being involved in their education by allowing them to ask you some questions or examine you under supervision. Patient involvement is greatly appreciated and helps medical students learn to become competent doctors. You should be informed that medical students will be in attendance when you book an appointment. If you would prefer them not to be present, please inform reception staff.