Penalverne surgery is part of a federation of General Practitioners in West Cornwall called Mounts Bay Medical (MBM). Together we provide high quality, practice based clinical research, which has an educational arm.
The practice is actively involved in research to help improve treatment of illness and improve patient wellbieng. The practice is part of the Primary Care Research network and all the research carried out here has been thoroughly checked and approved by ethical committees.
You may be asked by the doctors or nurses whether you would be interested in participating in a study. Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you decline, it would not affect your care from the practice in any way. If you decide to join, you may leave the study at any time without explanation.
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Medical students and Nursing students attend the practice from time to time. We hope that you will co-operate with us and help the students to learn about general practice. However, you will be informed of their presence in advance, and if you do not want them to be present at a consultation, your wishes will be respected. This will not affect your treatment in any way.
We are a training Practice, which means that fully-qualified doctors, who have usually completed their 4 years of training in hospital medicine. They then spend up to eighteen months working in a practice to develop their skills in general practice.
We usually have at least one GP Registrar and you may be offered an appointment with him/her at the surgery.
BEING A TEACHING PRACTICE
What does this mean?
It means we are officially approved to teach and train GPs, Nurses and Medical Students.
What is a GP Registrar?
This is a qualified doctor who has decided to embark on a career in general practice, much like a surgeon or physician in the hospital. Like these doctors part of their training involves them spending a total of 18 months working at a teaching practice. This is usually divided into a 6 month and 12 month attachment.
How much experience do they have?
By the time you see a GP registrar they will have spent at least 5 years at medical school to qualify as a doctor. Then they will have done 2 years working in hospitals. They will then start a 3 year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend up to18 months in a training practice. Often the GP Registrar will have more up to date knowledge on hospital treatment and service than we do as they have just come from a hospital job. So by the time you see this doctor they may well have been working as a doctor for 4 years.
Why do they have to ask other GPs in the practice for advice?
There is a vast difference in the range and types of clinical cases and patients seen in general practice compared to hospital medicine. In a surgical job at the hospital a doctor will only see surgical cases every day, in general practice an average surgery may consist of a general medical case, then an ill child, then patient with a skin rash then a patient with depression etc. So there is a wide variety which can be quite challenging when you start in general practice. The GP registrars are encouraged to ask for help whenever they want for your safety and benefit so please be patient, one day these doctors will also be competent GPs!