Teaching & Training
Royton and Crompton Family Practice is an Accredited Teaching Practice. This means that, having attained the required quality standards set by the Department of Postgraduate GP Education, we are permitted to teach both Medical Students and qualified doctors undergoing further training (FY2 doctors and GP Registrars).
Patients may have seen references to FY2 doctors when they attend the surgery and these doctors are the equivalent of SHOs, the well-known grade of hospital doctor who are often the first to see patients when they attend hospital.
FY2 doctors have at least 12 months, and often longer experience as a qualified doctor, but are spending around 4 months at the surgery learning about General Practice. They are fully qualified to treat patients and issue prescriptions but generally spend their first few weeks engaged in joint surgeries with Dr Zubair Ahmad and Dr Salim Mohammad who are the accredited educational supervisors in the practice and have overall responsibility for training.
At a later stage, the FY2 doctors are encouraged to run their own independent surgeries and patients may be offered appointments to see them.GP Registrars are more experienced doctors in their final year of the 5 year GP training scheme. They are attached to the surgery for 12 months and to a large extent work independently, performing most of the duties of a fully-fledged GP.
If a trainee doctor is sitting in with your doctor when you attend for an appointment, you will be asked for your consent to his/her presence during the consultation. This is entirely your choice so feel free to refuse if you wish. This also applies to medical students, trainee nurses or any other health worker. Similarly, you have the right to decline an appointment with an FY2 doctor.
From time to time video recordings of consultations are made for training purposes. You will be informed if this is happening and your permission sought. As always, you are at liberty to refuse if you feel at all uncomfortable about this.
Finally, it is worth pointing out that we are required from time to time to train other health care students and professionals such as nurses, medical students, pharmacists, social workers and practice administrative staff and this will occasionally involve the individuals sitting in with any of the doctors during consultations. If you are not happy with this please let the doctor know and the trainee will be asked to leave the room for the duration of your consultation.