Training Registrars

Caldbeck Surgery has a well-established history of involvement in training GPs, nurses and medical students. We feel that this enriches the quality of care given to the community by stimulating discussion and debate about new ideas and different practices.

Doctors undergoing training in general practice are referred to as GP registrars, formerly called trainees. All are fully qualified doctors, and some may have extensive hospital experience prior to coming into general practice. Training in general practice takes three years from the time of becoming a GP registrar to the time of qualifying to practice as a GP. The three years are divided between two years in selected hospital posts, and a total of one year in general practice. The GP attachment is usually split into a six-month spell in the surgery at the beginning of their training, and an six-month spell at the end. Before becoming licensed to work independently in general practice, all registrars must pass a set of exams to prove their competence.

While undergoing their training, GP registrars are closely supervised and trained by an approved trainer. At Caldbeck we have one approved trainer, Dr Natalie Hawkrigg, although it is important that the whole surgery team participates in, and supports the process of training. Throughout their training registrars come under the umbrella of the North Cumbria GP Training Scheme, whose office is based in Carlisle

Patients should be aware that as part of the process of training, it is necessary that GP registrars discuss patients with their trainer. This involves confidentially viewing patients’ handheld and computer medical records. You can expect GP Registrars to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice.