Teaching and Training at Princess Street Practice
GP training started at Princess Street in 1970 and to date over 80 GP Registrars have completed their training here. We believe that this is a unique achievement for an inner city practice and are particularly pleased that many of them have either remained at the practice or have settled in South London. We currently have three designated trainers for GP Registrars.
To be a training practice both the trainers and the practice team are regularly assessed by the London Deanery. Recently we have also started training ‘Foundation Year 2 (F2) doctors – who have a placement in general practice as part of their overall medical training before deciding which specialty to choose. Two other members of our GP team are trained to be ‘educational supervisors’ for this group of doctors.
In addition we take groups of medical undergraduates during the academic year for a variety of teaching activities, placements and some supervised work with our patients. We are also a designated Student Learning Centre so groups of students from Guy’s and St Thomas’s Medical School use our regularly use our premises for seminars.
Our commitment to training and development goes beyond GPs and we aim to provide these opportunities to all our team including our nurses, receptionists, managers and administrators. We regularly have team based training across the whole practice team which may involve closing the practice (normally one Thursday afternoon every few months) in order for us all to get together. In addition we provide 1:1 training opportunites which have included:
- all staff receiving basic life support (resuscitation) training
- nurses undergoing family planning and sexual health specialised training
- independent prescribers training for nursing team
- conflict resolution for members of reception team
- medical terminology training for administrators
- fitting IUDs for GPs
- communication skills training