Westgate Medical Practice is a training practice, which means that medical students, and general practice specialist registrars work in the surgery.

The medical students (student doctors) come in to the practice as part of their undergraduate training, just before they qualify. They aim to gain as much experience as possible.

General Practice Specialist Registrars come to the practice as part of their training to work for up to twelve months towards the end of their specialist general practice training to gain further experience in general practice and take the GP membership examination.

The trainees sometimes use video cameras during their consultations. This is for training purposes and the camera is focused on the doctor to assess their consultation skills. You will be asked for your written consent to allow us to film your consultation and full details will be given to you at the time, both before and after the consultation.

To maintain the quality of care in the practice we are sometimes inspected by external bodies. It may be necessary for other doctors or PCT staff to look at medical records. They are all bound by the rules of confidentiality. If you would like your records to be excluded from such inspections, please inform the practice.

From the perspective of a potential Registrar the practice offers excellent training opportunities. The practice has one experienced trainer, Dr Sarah Maher and Dr Muhammad Akhtar is currently undertaking the basic trainers course. The registrar’s working week is structured to allow one afternoon a week of regular teaching and e-portfolio work.