Teaching and Training
The Practice has been approved by the Regional Adviser in General Practice for the education of doctors wishing to enter General Practice, and by the University of Leeds for the education of medical students.
These are qualified doctors who have spent a number of years working in hospitals, and who wish to enter General Practice as a career. As part of their training, they must spend a eighteen months working under the supervision of an approved GP Trainer in a training Practice. These doctors normally work in this practice for six to twelve months and spend a further 6 months in another training practice in Bradford.
Trainees are involved in all aspects of the practice, and do surgery consultations and home visits just like GPs.
You may be offered an appointment with a trainee. Most patient’s don’t find this a problem, but if, for any reason you would prefer to see one of the other GPs instead, please tell the receptionist.
Nurse Practitioner Registrar
The role of the Nurse Practitioner is relatively new to the UK, its origins being established in the USA, where Nurse Practitioners have contributed to patient care since the 1970s. Nurse Practitioners are experienced Registered Nurses who have undertaken further training to develop skills and knowledge. They provide an extended nursing service that incorporates aspects of care that may previously have been provided by a Doctor, such as physical examination and diagnosing and treating common health problems.
Current trends within General Practice are focused on providing a wider rang of choice, services and care. This surgery has chosen to train a Nurse Practitioner to help meet these needs. The Nurse Practitioner is supported by, and works closely with, other members of the existing team to maintain the high quality services provided by practices.
Our Trainee Nurse Practitioners:
What can the Nurse Practitioner do?
- Take a history of health issues and perform physical examinations
- Diagnose and treat some common health problems (supported by the doctors throughout the training period)
- Provide care that focuses on the health of the individual
- Offer family support
- Support people in making healthy lifestyle choices and decisions about their health care
- Refer to and support other colleagues Some consultations will be combined with the trainee Nurse Practitioner and GP.
During their fourth or final year of study, students may spend a number of weeks with the practice. They have not yet qualified as doctors, and so will not be allowed to make decisions about your diagnosis and treatment without a qualified doctor being present.
We may ask you to allow a student to discuss your medical problems with you at length, or examine you, if this would help in their education. Most patients are happy to agree to this.
If a medical student is sitting in with the Doctor, you will be informed when you arrive for your appointment. If, for any reason, you would prefer not to be seen with a student present, please let the receptionist know.
You don’t have to have a student in the room if you don’t want.