We are an approved training practice for qualified doctors who want experience in general practice, and we are assessed regularly by the Regional Committee for General Practitioners.
Trainee GPs are called either GP Registrars or Foundation Doctors. They work with us for several months at a time and have their own surgeries. Of course, we fully supervise them while they are with us.
Medical students also work with us as part of the final stages of their training. For training purposes we sometimes video consultations or allow students to sit in on them. However, we will always ask your permission first.
Dr Barmade (GP Registrars) trains the qualified doctors who want to gain experience in general practice.
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
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.