Teaching and Research Practice

Teaching

We are a training practice and we normally have two fully qualified doctors working with us who are gaining experience in general practice – an F2 (Foundation Year 2) doctor and a registrar. Because of this, our medical notes may be examined by visiting senior doctors. You also have the option to opt out of seeing a trainee if you wanted to.

Medical students and nurses also occasionally visit for teaching purposes and may sit with a doctor or nurse to observe a surgery. Sometimes we may videotape surgeries for training purposes but confidentiality is strictly observed and your permission is sought.

If you do not wish to have an observer or be videoed please let the receptionist or doctor know at the time.

Research

We are committed to participate in research in general practice because we believe it is needed to improve patient care. We have been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners as Research Ready, and all our staff involved with research operate within the guidelines of Good Clinical Practice for research. All staff involved in conducting a research study is qualified by education, training and experience to undertake their role in the trial. Necessary procedures to secure the quality of every aspect of the trial are complied with, and all clinical information are recorded, handled and stored in such a way that it can be accurately reported, interpreted and verified whilst confidentiality is maintained. The rights of each patient to physical and mental integrity, to privacy and protection of data concerning him in accordance with the Data Protection Act are safeguarded. You may be asked to participate in research, but please be assured that it is not compulsory to participate.

We work collaboratively with the NIHR Clinical Research Network which is the Research arm of the NHS. If you are a patient you may receive invitation letters to ask if you wish to take part in a research study. However, if you do not wish to be contacted about research studies please let the practice staff know.

To find out more about NHS research please follow the links below.