Doctors in Specialist Training Posts:
The surgery has been a GP training practice for many years and all partners are involved in the mentorship of Doctors in their specialist training years through the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Post Graduate Deanery.
The contribution from the patients in the practice is vital in this respect.
Registrars who are completing their specialist training work as GPs at the surgery for 1 year and FY2 and ITP doctors are with the surgery for 4 months at a time.
Dr Rankin, Dr Gil Rivas and Dr Patel are all happy to answer any questions regarding these doctors.
There is a formal handover system in place for all patients who require further input or follow up at the end of these doctor's posts.
Training video consultations:
To be properly vocationally trained as a GP, registrars may be required to submit a video of consultations they have performed in the surgery to be assessed by other GP trainers from the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Post Graduate Deanery. These videos are sent by recorded delivery to the Deanery doctors involved. The videos may be retained for a short period of time because of registrars' appeals to do with training. However, they are destroyed immediately after this period has expired. Confidentiality is maintained at all times and the only individuals viewing these videos are qualified general practitioners who are bound by the General Medical Council's code of confidentiality.
You will always be asked for your written consent for your consultation to be videoed. No examinations are ever recorded, simply the verbal and other interactions between the patient and the doctor. The video camera may be present in the room at other times but it is not switched on. If you have any queries regarding these matters please contact Dr Rankin.
Training Physician Associate students:
Both Dr Rankin and Dr Gil Rivas teach and support PA students during their 2 year course when on clinical placement at Sunny Meed. They are students from Surrey University and St Georges Hospital.