GP Training

Balmore Park Surgery is a training practice accredited by the Oxford Deanery to train doctors intending to become general practitioners. As part of our commitment to training, you may have a consultation with a  doctor in training. Our trainees have received excellent feedback from patients and are valuable members of our team.

Our GP Trainees and our GP Trainers are required to make an Audio/video recording of some of their patient consultations. You may be asked for your permission to record the Audio/video of your consultation with one of the doctors. This is solely for training, education and assessment purposes. The recording, processing and storage of the consultation will comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and is in line with guidance of the General Medical Council.

More information on how we will manage your data is available below.

You do not have to agree to your consultation with the doctor being recorded. If you do not want us to record the consultation, this is not a problem at all, and will not affect the care you receive in in any way. If you do give your consent, then you will have the opportunity to withdraw this at any time in the future, including immediately after the consultation.

You may have received a text requesting your consent to record the consultation. If you are happy for us to record your consultation, please confirm this by responding to this message with YES. If you do not wish to give consent that is fine, and all you need to do is respond with NO.

GP Registrars and Trainees

Doctors training to be GPs are known as GP Registrars. We also train other doctors wishing to gain experience in general practice. Both GP Registrars and Trainees are fully qualified doctors. They will run their own surgeries under supervision. You might also see them when they are sitting in with, or being observed by, one of our regular doctors or nurses in a ‘joint surgery’.

Medical Students

Occasionally we have medical students observing us. They are usually in their final year of training. Medical Students will always be supervised when seeing patients and never run clinics on their own.

Clinical Supervision

Although the GP trainees run their own clinics please be reassured that they are supervised at all times by the other GPs in the practice. The practice has two accredited GP Trainers Dr Samantha Potter and Dr Tom Back.

Maintaining Accreditation

To remain a training practice, the practice is regularly inspected to ensure that we reach all the required standards for this level of teaching. The inspection involves an audit of data entry into the medical records. Only approved doctors from the Oxford Deanery’s School of General Practice will conduct these assessments. All information contained in medical records remains confidential. The inspection is only to look at the accuracy and consistency of our data entry processes.

Our current GP Registrars are Dr Mark Bowers and Dr Santoshkumar Rajkumar.