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Sheringham Medical Practice

Sheringham Medical Practice

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Training Practice


Sheringham Medical Practice is a Training Practice.   This means we host Junior Doctors who are at different stages of training to become General Practitioners.


Dr Martyn Scott and Dr Ian Smith are our GP Trainers.  Each of these Doctors will be a dedicated Trainer to a GP Trainee, who is generally based with us for 6 or 12 months at a time. GP Trainees are fully qualified doctors who will have several years of hospital experience before joining a practice for GP training, and some will return to hospital training after their placement with us.  During the GP Trainee’s time with us they learn about the personal, primary and continuing care of patients and families, and gain a unique understanding of the management of acute, chronic, recurrent and terminal illness in both the surgery and the patient’s home together with preventive care and health promotion. He or she learns and works as part of a multi-professional team which includes nurses, health visitors, social workers, administrative staff and receptionists. GP Trainees, like all Doctors, must meet the standards of care, competence and conduct set out by the General Medical Council guidance contained in Good Medical Practice.


Sheringham Medical Practice has been a Training Practice for a number of years.  During this time we have had to evidence that we meet the standards and criteria set by the GMC who is the overall regulator not only for each doctor on the medial register but also for the delivery of all medical education in the UK, from undergraduate (medical school) through to all levels of specialty training to Completion of Certificate of Training (CCT) or its equivalent. The GMC provides guidance and criteria for training and for trainers in all specialties (Educational and Clinical Supervisors), and requires Deaneries to ensure that these are in place and complied with.


To be a Training Practice you have to meet GMC’s standards and the East of England criteria.  To evidence that the Practice and the Trainers meet these standards and criteria they are assessed either every 3 or 6 years by the East of England Deanery.  Trainers, Associate Trainers and the Practice have to apply for approval or re-approval through a self-assessment process. The Deanery then visits the practice to assess the learning environment and to review the evidence that has been submitted.  During the visit to the Practice the team meet with the Practice Manager, Trainees and the staff to identify if the Practice has the policies, procedures and the learning environment that is needed to deliver excellent training to the registrars. The visits also give the Practice and Trainers the opportunity to reflect on their performance and identify any development needs.


Following our recent Deanery visit I am pleased to inform you that Sheringham Medical Practice has been re-approved as a Training Practice for 4 years.The feedback was very positive.  It was noted that we are a “friendly and caring environment”, “staff are very friendly and positive” and it is “a good learning climate”.


We are currently hosting Dr Rosa Lavarello, who is in her third year of training, and will be with us until January 2018.   She has her own surgery, but will still be supervised by her GP trainer.   The Registrar will also attend for home visits.


The GP Trainees also need to, from time to time, video their patient consultations.

These are purely for training purpose and are only viewed by your consulting Dr and their Trainer. These recordings are then safely deleted. This is a very important part of the Trainees training and we greatly appreciate all patients who agree for their consultation to be recorded. If however, you would rather not have your consultation recorded, just inform the receptionist upon your arrival.


What are the stages for Registrars?


FY2 Doctors - Foundation Year 2 Doctors

This is a scheme whereby newly qualified Doctors move onto a programme structure of diagnosis and management of patients not simply in hospitals but also in mental health and general practice. These Doctors have had at least 12 months of experience in hospital medicine after qualifying before they come to general practice.

FY2 Doctors are placed with a Practice for 4 months and will have their own surgery when they see patients. They are supervised by one of our GP Trainers during their experience of working in general practice.


ST1 Doctors

An ST1 is an experienced doctor who has been qualified for a while and has now decided to pursue general practice.

The Practice takes on an ST1 in August, and they are based in the Practice for a year. They are different from an FY2 doctor as they are not experiencing working in a GP setting; they are actually training to become a GP. As such they will have their own surgeries, but they will still be supervised by their GP trainer. However, as they become more experienced, their surgeries will be the same as any of the GPs working within the Practice. They will also attend for home visits.

ST1s are an integral part of the Practice and staff and patients have always found them to be asset.


ST2 Doctors

An ST2 GP Registrar is a qualified Doctor and has now decided to pursue a career in General Practice.

This is their second year of GP training and will have their own surgeries, but they will still be supervised by their GP trainer. The ST2 Doctor will be with the Surgery for four months.


ST3 Doctors

An ST3 GP registrar is a qualified Doctor and has now decided to pursue a career in General Practice.

This is their third year of GP training and will have their own surgeries, but they will still be supervised by their GP trainer. The ST3 Doctor will be with the Surgery for one year.

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