Doctors in Training
Cranleigh Medical practice supports the training of future doctors and we are delighted to have a selection of doctors working with us at different stages in their careers.
Dr Clark is currently our training director who co-ordinates support for our trainees from all of the team.
Once qualified as a doctor it takes a minimum of a further five years to qualify as a General Practitioner. During this time trainees spend time working in various hospital departments and in General Practice. Trainees have to reach a level of competence based on ongoing assessments throughout this training. This means that as a patient you can expect a high quality, well trained general practitioner to look after you.
We have both foundation and specialist trainees with us. The "foundation stage 2" or "F2" doctors come out for a four month placement. They are fully qualified doctors and work closely with their GP trainer, discussing every case that is seen. The Specialist Trainees, also known as "ST3s" or "GP Registrars" are more experienced doctors. Again, they are fully qualified, but have now chosen to pursue their career in General practice. They spend at least a year with us.
You may find that if you are seeing a doctor in training, he or she may pop out to discuss your case with their trainer which might take a few minutes. Don't worry! This is normal practice and helps to ensure you are given the best care. Sometimes the doctor is seeking clarification on management, sometimes they are seeking a second opinion or wanting to talk to the doctor that knows you best if your case is complex.
Please let us know when booking if you do not want to be seen by a doctor in training.
Use of Video
These doctors may video surgeries and also may ask for patient questionnaires to be filled in about them so that their trainers can ensure that they are competent to practice. You may be asked to participate in this and we hope that you will consent. In video surgeries, it is only the talking element of the consultation that is recorded, not the examination. If you decide not to take part in a video surgery, we fully respect your decision and would like to reassure you this will not adversely affect any care that you receive from our team.