Training & Research
We are approved as a training practice for doctors who wish to become general practitioners and usually have one such doctor being trained in the practice.
These doctors have many years of hospital experience, but a requirement of their training is to spend a year in a teaching practice before taking up a position as a general practitioner.
Medical Student Teaching
Whilst the practice has been involved in postgraduate medical training for many years, we have now expanded our teaching role to include undergraduate training by accepting medical students on day release from Birmingham University. Some of these students will be in their first year of training and their attachment to the practice will give them an early introduction to the role of the general practitioner and primary care.
From time to time we may ask certain patients if they would be willing to help with this teaching by attending some of the teaching sessions. This is of course entirely voluntary, but we hope this will prove a rewarding experience and will give all participants an opportunity to be involved in the training of our future doctors. If you are interested in being involved, please complete a form, available at the reception desk
Can you help our Medical Students?
Would you be willing to talk to a medical student about a long-term illness and how it affects your life and maybe that of your family?
Could you spare an hour or two, so that students can practice their clinical skills i.e. checking blood pressure, taking a pulse etc.
If you are happy to help please ask at reception for further information or fill in the form below and return it to the surgery.
St. Martin’s Gate Surgery is a Medical Research Practice
St. Martin’s Gate is delighted to be a research active practice linked to the Clinical Research Network (CRN). This means that as a practice we get involved in CRN portfolio research projects. All of these projects have ethical approval and all are supported by high level funding, e.g. from the National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Foundation, or major charity funders such as Diabetes UK.
We work in close collaboration with the CRN team of GPs, research nurses and facilitators based in the Medical School at the University of Warwick. If a patient is eligible to take part in a CRN research study running in our practice, a GP or other healthcare professional will provide written information. Taking part in a research study is voluntary and can be beneficial to patients who participate in them. Studies vary as to what is involved. Sometimes the study may involve filling in a questionnaire or it may involve a research nurse gathering data and, where needed, taking clinical measurements such as blood pressure or a blood test.
Examples of CRN projects include:
- investigations into the causes and outcomes of respiratory infections
- the management of heart failure
- interventions designed to increase physical activity
- finding out whether low dose aspirin helps people with Type 2 diabetes
- trialling techniques to help people stop smoking
- investigating the use of self-monitoring of blood pressure
It is essential that such research occurs in general practice as this is where the majority of NHS clinical encounters occur. The current move is towards increasing involvement of general practices in research and we are delighted to be working so closely with the Clinical Research Network team to improve patient care and outcomes.
Our GP Research Lead within the practice is Dr. Jason Spencer
If you have any questions about our research then please ask Dr Spencer.
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