Teaching Future Doctors
The doctors at Bluewater Medical Practice have a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring junior doctors. This is because we need a sustainable GP workforce in the future. The current shortage of GPs, particularly in rural areas, is well known.
Medical Students are welcomed at BMP during their practical placements. GP Registrars have been supported by our Doctors for over 17 years. The Registrars are fully qualified doctors, who have completed their university studies and also at least 2 years working in hospitals. They spend 6-12 months with us fine tuning their general practice skills.
You will often see either a medical student, or GP registrar, working alongside your GP at Bluewater Medical Practice. You may be asked to have one of these doctors present during a consultation. Sometimes the medical student will see a patient first- before the GP. This only happens with your consent. If you would rather not have a trainee present during the consultation it is your choice, and you can ask to be seen alone with just your own GP. Although we encourage your involvement with the teaching process we fully understand that there may be times when you would rather a consultation just with your GP.
Our experience is that having a young doctor in training present is generally well received. BMP is an accredited training practice through General Medical Training [GMT].