Training the next generation of GPs takes a team, and at GP Synergy’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night in Tamworth on Tuesday night outstanding GP registrars, GP supervisors and practice managers were recognised.
Sarah Freeman, Rural Medical Clinic Practice Manager, was recognised as the GP Synergy Practice Manager of the Year for the New England/Northwest training subregion.
Having worked previously in Tamworth, the Manilla local took on the role of practice manager 18 months ago. She has made an impression over that short time as an advocate for Manilla, the practice and the doctors who are training at the practice to become specialist GPs.
“Manilla has been my home for more than 16 years, I love that I am now working within my community and assisting in the improvement of people’s health and well-being.
“The clinic understands that attracting doctors to any rural area is a real challenge.
“The best way for doctors to be exposed to the opportunities here, is for the clinic to be an accredited teaching practice.
“Our practice has lots to offer – high quality GP supervisors with a supportive clinical and admin team, emphasis on a positive work/life balance, an incredibly kind-hearted community and the exposure to working in a small rural hospital.
“Our goal is for the registrars who train here to become the finest GPs!” Mrs Freeman said.
John Oldfield, GP Synergy CEO, said there are currently more than 40 general practices across New England/Northwest accredited to train registrars.
“The role of practice managers, in practices maintaining their training accreditation and in supporting the training of GP registrars is immensely important.
“It’s practice managers that help registrars navigate the behind-the-scenes workings of general practice and support their placement and training within the practice,” Mr Oldfield said.
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