Training Practice

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We at the Village Practice are proud to be an established Training Practice, to educate tomorrow’s Doctors and Clinicians (Physios, Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Pharmacists) and to help them achieve their full potential. We believe that seeing a Trainee often improves patients’ experience, as we can afford more time and discuss to a patient’s problems. Being an Educator is truly one of the highlights of my job as a GP.

Dr Robbie Howell

Aside from all of the services we provide here at The Village Practice, we are also known as an approved training practice.

Being an approved training practice means that:

  • Patients can directly contribute to the training of future GPs
  • Patients who consult with the GPR will have longer consultations
  • It keeps all doctors and nurses keep in touch with new medical developments and skills
  • It improves all doctors and nurses consultation and training skills
  • It ensures that clinical standards and standards of medical record keeping are maintained
  • It helps with recruitment of high quality doctors to the practice for job vacancies

We provide first-class training facilities with new Consulting rooms for trainees, extension and refurbishment finished in winter 2022, with in-house diagnostic equipment such as top-range ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes, electronic stethoscopes, interactive education/meeting boards, ECG, spirometry, 24 hour blood pressure all in-house.

We have a range of clinicians for Trainees to learn from, including having GPs, Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Pharmacists, First Contact Physiotherapists, a Surgeon for minor operations and injections, a Primary Care Drug and Alcohol worker, Severe Mental Illness Nurses, Community Paediatric Nurses, local Mental Health Team staff, Doctors who perform Coil and Implant fitting, shared care methadone prescribing, injections, sexual health examinations and testing.

Patients may be offered an appointment with a qualified doctor gaining experience in general practice or be asked if one may be present whilst you consult your own doctor. If you prefer to see your doctor in private, please let us know.

The trainees you may meet at our practice are:

Registrars are fully qualified doctors who have completed their foundation years of training and have decided they would like to become GPs. They will undertake a minimum of six months of ‘on-the-job’ training with us here at The Village Practice and are supervised by the Partners.

Also known as ‘foundation year 2’ doctors are also fully qualified doctors who remain under the supervision of the Partners whilst taking on increasing responsibility for patient care and demonstrate more independence in their clinical effectiveness, leadership and decision-making responsibilities. Typically, these doctors are with the practice for 3 months but rotate in different health sectors through their year. Such as emergency department, gynaecology, mental health and many others.

Our practice is a community teaching practice for Imperial College London School of Medicine. With the supervision of your doctor or nurse, medical students may, with your consent in advance, join your consultation. You may also be asked if medical students can conduct your consultation. If you agree to have medical students conduct your consultation you will still always see the GP as well. These are sone ways in which medical students learn to become good doctors and understand patient views about their care. We appreciate your help with their learning. Please let your doctor or the Practice Manager know if you have any questions about our community medical teaching.