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GP Registrar Training

The practice has been used for training since 1980, and has had a GP registrar each year since then.  We have a small list size of around 2,300 so there is plenty of time for discussion, study and joint learning and we capitalise on this to make our continuing medical education better than average.

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Educational Activities include a daily, morning meeting to discuss clinical problems between all the doctors and the district and practice nurses. At least one, and often two, tutorials per week, and staff and partners meetings to monitor ongoing changes within the practice also feature regularly. In addition we hold a monthly educational afternoon to discuss practice audits, journals and any other educational issues.

Educational needs are assessed early on, and we try to tailor activities to suit your personal circumstances and training-to-date. Registrars are encouraged to meet with their peers through attendance at the Inverness Day Release courses and also attend courses in the NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Health Centre for Science, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness).

We encourage and support the registrar in taking the MRCGP exam.


The Partners and The Practice

There are five partners (one whole time and four part time).  We have 1 GP who do regular shifts in Dingwall Primary Care Emergency Centre and the Registrar is able to accompany them to gain necessary out of hours experience.

The Surgery is situated centrally in the village and comprises 3 large consulting rooms, nurses room, waiting room, reception, office and kitchenette which also holds a small library of up to date clinical textbooks and journals. We hope to extend the building substantially (to more then double the current size) under a private finance initiative. Until this is achieved we are using portacabins to provide extra office and consulting space.

Consultations last for 15 minutes, and initially double this for a new registrar. At first Registrars sit in with other doctors in the practice and also spend time with the practice nurses, manager, reception staff and physiotherapist. We are highly computerised and use the Vision system. All notes are summarised electronically and all prescriptions generated on the computer. We are a paperlight practice.

Several of the partners carry out minor surgery, and registrars are able to sit in order to pick up the practical skills involved.

Equipment includes a combined ECG and defibrillator, an automated defibrillator, 24hr blood pressure monitor, nebulisers, sonic aid, audiometer, cautery, spirometer, peak flow meters and a Sandpiper bag containing emergency equipment for use at road traffic accidents etc. Digital audiovisual equipment is available on-site for the recording, and subsequent analysis, of patient consultations.


Useful Links

Royal College of General Practitioners
General Medical Council
SIGN Guidelines
Electronic library for Health
Scottish Health Service on the Web SHOW
Cochrane Library
National Health Service
National Institute for Clinical Excellence
Medicines Compendium
Department of Health

GP Resources



The Lancet
The RCGP Journal


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