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TEACHING AND AUDIT

As a practice we feel it is important to be involved in the training of future doctors and therefore we are actively involved in teaching undergraduate medical students and qualified doctors who are training to be General Practitioners (GPs). We also use auditing to continually review and improve our services.

 

GP Registrars

We usually have a GP Registrar working in the practice.  They are fully qualified doctors spending a year in general practice before accreditation as an independent GP principal.  We therefore occasionally ask patients to give consent for their consultation (but not examination), to be recorded on video.  The video recordings are subject to the same confidentiality as the medical records.  We recognise that many patients prefer their consultation not to be recorded and the doctor will always respect their wishes.

 

Medical Students

The practice also undertakes the training of medical students.  If you do not wish to have a student present at your consultation please inform your doctor or the receptionist.

 

Audit

To improve our standard of care, we also routinely audit our management of various illnesses.   This may involve the doctors (within the practice only), looking through the records of any of our patients.  

One of our ongoing audits is the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). The NDA collects information from GP practices and hospitals, the use of which is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality. The NDA will collect the NHS number, date of birth and post code of the patients on our diabetes register in order to link the information with the diabetes care they receive elsewhere. Once the information has been linked, the patient identifying data is then removed, so the information is anonymised. A patient information leaflet is available here.

Taking part in the NDA can help improve the quality of care for people with diabetes. As with all of our audits however, patients can choose not to take part. If you have any such concerns, please just inform our reception team.

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