The Rycote practice is specially approved for the postgraduate training of doctors in General practice, and also for teaching medical students.
There is a long tradition of training within the practice. Qualified doctors who are training to be General Practitioners spend time at the practice before moving on to another surgery once they are fully qualified GPs. The practice is linked to the Oxford Deanery.
Training has changed dramatically in the past few years, and now we are lucky to be able to welcome not only doctors who are training to be GPs, but also doctors who are experiencing General practice before continuing a career in hospital.
Doctors you may meet in the practice include Specialty Trainees (ST) in years 1-3 of their training to be GPs. These are the doctors who used to be known as Registrars. They spend six or twelve months working here. We also have Foundation grade (F1 or F2) doctors who may or may not go on to a career in General practice. They work in the practice for four month periods.
All of these doctors are fully qualified, and also have supervision from one of the Partners in the practice. On occasions your consultation may be video recorded for teaching purposes. This will not be done without your consent.
Medical Student Teaching
We have a variety of medical students from the Oxford Medical School who are tutored by the GPs in the practice. Patients may sometimes be asked (ideally when booking their appointment) if they are happy to be seen by a medical student first. This is very much as well as, not instead of, seeing a GP. Talking to patients first in advance of the consultation with the doctor is a very valuable way for students to gain experience. You should be entirely comfortable with declining to see a student in advance of the doctor or having them present during the consultation. However, it is important that medical students get experience in a full range of health conditions and health issues whilst they are in primary care, whether that is a straightforward physical problem or a more complex emotional or health problem, so we do hope you will agree to see our students.
Year 5 standard course students
We have students in their 5th Year of the standard six-year medical course who come to us via the Department of Primary Health Care at Oxford. They come individually for three days a week in blocks of six weeks throughout the year. See below for links to a couple of students who have been recorded talking about their experience at The Rycote Practice (under construction).
Year 1 graduate-entry course students
We also have some medical students in the first year of their four-year graduate entry “fast-track” medical course. These students tend to come in pairs or small groups on a Wednesday, only during the academic terms. They are all mature students (some older than others) having done previous undergraduate degrees and in some cases PHDs or had a career in another profession. They are learning basic skills in talking to patients and examining patients. The Graduate Entry students are also introduced to one patient that they follow-up during the course of their year with us and on whom they write a report for the purposes of their end of first year examinations.
Dr Richard Harrington is the Associate Director of the Graduate Entry medical course in Oxford.
Patients as Teachers
As part of its passion for teaching, the practice likes to offer students real practical scenarios to learn from. To this end the practice occasionally asks patients with long term conditions to become Patients as Teachers. This involves patients volunteering to be questioned an examined in a mock consultation. This might be in the practice or, occasionally on a home visit.
Work Experience Placements
Sometimes we take work experience students to help them in their applications to study medicine at university. We only select students who live outside our practice catchment area and ask them to sign the same code of confidentiality agreement that all our staff adhere to.
Although these students do not offer consultations, they do occasionally sit in with our GPs and nurses to learn about being a GP or practice nurse. You will be advised by the clinician if a student is sitting in and if you are not comfortable for them to be in your consultation they will be asked to leave.
As a training practice we undergo a re-approval process from time to time. This involves members of staff from the Deanery (both clinical and non-clinical) assessing us to ensure we are delivering the quality standards set by the Deanery and national bodies with respect to training new GPs. As part of that assessment process, patient records may need to be viewed in order to help inform the assessment team. Please be assured that any person involved in this process is bound by the same laws and rules relating to confidentiality as any other practice staff member is.