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Keeping up to date is extremely important for all team members at Catherine House Surgery and the practice has a long and established history of involvement with medical education and research.
Dr Nick Cooper is Associate Professor in Clinical Education at the Peninsula Medical School and Academic Lead of the Peninsula Foundation School. He is also the national GP representative for the Diploma of Child Health examination organised through the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
The practice has a SLA Level 1 agreement with the Peninsula Medical School which means that in addition to accepting students at all stages of their training we offer special study units in primary care, attend locality meetings and provide examiners for medical school assessments.
We presently offer more placements to students than any other surgery in the region. Both Prof Nick Cooper and Dr James Cooper are designated Academic Tutors.
As part of our continued commitment to medical education we created a specific student consultation room in 2011.
Having started with the training of GP registrars 30 years ago we now also offer placements to Foundation Year 2 doctors to give fully qualified doctors a chance to experience community-based medicine prior to them choosing a specialty.
Julie Frost, one of our practice nurses, is the Diabetes Group Education Lead for the Torbay and Southern Devon Care Trust and also holds a postgaduate Diploma in Clinical Education.
Every four months we welcome a fully qualified doctor who has already undertaken at least a year of work in the hospital setting to the surgery. They are officially known as a Foundation Year 2 doctor (often abbreviated to F2 or FY2) and come to us from either Derriford or Torbay Hospitals.
The objective of their placement is to help them gain experience of primary care from a doctor's, rather than student's, perspective. The hope is it might make them consider a career in general practice or provide them with a more complete understanding of community healthcare which they can take forward into their other specialties.
We would strongly encourage you to consider making appointments with them. Not only do our F2 doctors tend to have more time to spend on your problem because they have longer appointment slots but they are often able to add an extra perspective based on their up-to-date knowledge of hospital processes.
At all times the F2 doctors have access to us to discuss any queries.
We invariably find that patients really appreciate the input they have on their healthcare and are disappointed when they learn that they are moving on to their next job.
Students from years 2-5 of the Peninsula Medical School are offered placements at the surgery so that they can spend time with our team acquiring valuable experiences of how medicine is practised in the community.
Not only do we derive a great deal of satisfaction from showing the next generation of doctors the alternative side to hospital medicine but their presence also allow us to significantly increase the number of appointments we are able to offer patients on any given day.
We hope that you will work with us to help students learn about general practice - they themselves are always extremely grateful for your co-operation. You may come into contact with students in two ways:
You will always be informed of their presence in advance. We recognise that not everyone will feel comfortable with having a student in the room during their consultation and your wishes will be respected if you want to be seen alone. You do not have give a reason for your refusal and it will not in any way affect your treatment.
Many of our older students run their own surgeries under the close supervision of the practice doctors. When you contact us for an appointment you may be offered a student appointment if you a happy to see them. The student will talk to you to about your medical problem and may examine you, after which a Doctor will see you with the student presenting their findings. The Doctor will then undertake the consultation in much the normal way, with you free to ask any questions.
As students are new to medicine, and in order to allow time for us to teach them as well as providing you with the time which you require with a Doctor, appointments with medical students will in general be slightly longer than our usual 15 minute appointments.
Very occasionally, you may be asked if you are willing to have your consultation videotaped. This is used to help students assess and improve their consultations skills and their ability to talk to patients. No intimate examinations will be recorded and the camera will be turned off immediately if you are unhappy at any stage. Your written consent with always be specifically obtained beforehand. You are free to decline or withdraw your consent at any time. If you agree to the recording of your consultation you will be asked to sign a consent form before and after you have seen the student.
Recently the practice has welcomed Physician Associate students as Prof Nick Cooper is Medical Director for Plymouth University’s Peninsula Medical School , which started in January 2015, and Chair of Physician Associate Schools Council.
This emerging profession will be a useful addition to the medical workforce in hospitals and primary care. Students spend time, in the practice, in both years of their two year postgraduate course as well as placements at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Exeter and Torbay Hospitals.
The surgery is an active participant in research organised by the Primary Care Research Network, a division of the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). As a designated Level 1 Practice, we engage in several studies throughout the year to help improve our knowledge for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of illness and disease in primary care.
Current research topics include:
You may be asked by us whether you would be interested in becoming involved in a study. Your participation is entirely voluntary. If you decline, it will not in any way affect your treatment from the practice. If you decide to join, you may leave the study at any time without explanation.
All the research that the practice is involved with has been approved by a NHS Research Ethics Committee. The surgery is not paid or employed by drug companies to take part in studies.
USE OF ANONYMISED PATIENT DATA
The surgery, along with hundreds of other practices around the country, also contributes anonymised patient data to a variety of health databases to aid research into disease and drug safety. In particular, data is used by the newly formed Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD), a joint venture between the NIHR and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), for research into disease, drug safety and public health.
We would like stress that you cannot be identified as all details pertaining to you (name, address, postcode, full date of birth) are removed before the data is sent. If, however, you would like to opt out of the data collection, please let us know. As with the research studies above, it will not in any way affect your care.
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