Although not a service directly for patients, GP training is nevertheless an important part of what we do. In addition to training GP Registrars we have junior hospital doctors (Foundation Stage) working in the surgery for 4-month attachments and we also take on medical students from Sheffield teaching hospital who attend for short-term attachments during the year. This page is really aimed at GP Registrars, junior doctors and students who want information about Parkgate Medical Centre.
Usually a GP Registrar is based at the practice for about six months to a year, learning ‘on the job’ what General Practice is all about, and making the transition from being a hospital doctor to becoming a community GP. The Registrar takes a full part in the running of the surgery.
Parkgate Medical Centre has been a training practice since 2012, when Dr Anand Barmade became our GP Trainer. We are part of the Rotherham Vocational Training Scheme for GPs.
We believe Parkgate Medical Centre provides an ideal environment for training GPs. The extensive modernisation and extension of the premises in 1992 and further development since then, and the building of our branch surgery in 1999, has provided the following facilities:
* A consulting room specifically for the GP Registrar(s) at both sites
* One large and well-equipped treatment room, with facilities for minor surgery, in-house physiotherapy, mental health practitioners, health trainers and dietetic services
* A spacious open-plan reception area and waiting room
* Disabled facilities, including a disabled toilet and all consulting rooms at both premises
Most GPs develop areas of special interest, to complement their basic GP work, and our GPs are no exception.
Dr Barmade has interest in teaching/training, chronic disease management, diabetes/endocrine and nursing home care.
Dr Ravi has special interest in female health and family planning.
Dr Mariadassou has a special interest in
GP principals no longer have a contractual obligation to provide 24 hour care for their patients (this obligation ceased at the end of 2004, when GPs became able to ‘opt-out’ of out-of-hours care). However, experience of how GPs work out-of-hours is still a vital part of any GP Registrar’s training, and a Registrar will usually be expected to take some part in the local Out-of-Hours Service, sitting in with an experienced doctor in the Primary Care Centre, or out on the road doing visits.
All members of the surgery are involved in the teaching of GP registrars, F2 doctors and medical students. A programme of tutorials is arranged by the GP trainers, and the teaching is provided by the member of staff most appropriate to the topic.
The practice has video recording equipment for consultation analysis, and the Registrar is encouraged to participate in all practice matters, and to attend all meetings, both business and clinical.
We pride ourselves on being a very friendly practice. The doctors are friendly and very approachable - an ideal opportunity to openly discuss problems and share experiences, and one which we all value greatly.