Training Practice

The Orchard Surgery is a GP Training Practice. We take trainee doctors on behalf of Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex. (HEKSS) This means the practice has been accredited as being suitable for the training of those doctors intending to become General Practitioners. The practice and doctors have had to achieve a number of standards which have been assessed by HEKSS acting on behalf of the national organisation (the Post graduate Medical Education Board).

These are some points for your information:

  1. Those doctors training to become GPs are called GP registrars. 
  2. The GP registrar is a fully qualified doctor who is likely to have a lot of experience of hospital medicine and is training to become a GP.
  3. If you are seeing this doctor you can expect to receive the quality of service you would from your own GP. If you have any concerns please mention this to a member of staff.
  4. In order for the GP registrars to successfully complete their training they need to be assessed on their consulting skills. This is done by the appointed assessors viewing a video of the registrar’s consultations. You may be asked for your permission to have your consultation recorded in this way. If you agree, you will need to give your written permission and there is a consent form available at the desk, which you will be offered. If the doctor appears to be recording your consultation and you have not signed a consent form, then you should indicate this to him or her immediately. The recording will be used for educational purposes only. Further information about this process and the confidentiality of it, can be obtained from the reception staff.


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