Excellence and commitment to training the next generation of GPs was acknowledged at last night’s Seasonal Celebration and Awards Night, held in Tamworth by local GP training provider, GP Synergy.
According to GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield, there are more than 50 GP registrars training in general practices and hospitals across the New England/Northwest region.
“It takes a community of people to train GPs.
“We work closely with over 60 accredited general practices and numerous hospitals, who play an integral role in ensuring these doctors receive high quality training to meet the needs of local communities.
“The GP Synergy awards night provides a welcome opportunity to acknowledge their ongoing commitment and award excellence in general practice education and training,” Mr Oldfield said.
One of the award winners was Dr Lisa Bron of Oxley Health Care. She was named New England/Northwest Supervisor of the Year for her role in helping GP registrars prepare for fellowship exams, and supporting internationally trained registrars.
“I have been involved in GP supervision for many years but not always as a direct supervisor. My biggest role has been in teaching, and supporting registrars who require extra assistance.
“A few years ago, I noticed a demand for registrars to practice for exams, so I started providing practice sessions at my home for any registrars who are interested in practising cases,” Dr Bron said.
The Practice Manager of the Year Award went to Ms Bek Hooley, who has been with Peel Health Care since 2012, for her ability to work with both GP supervisors and GP registrars to ensure high quality training within the practice.
“I love getting to know the registrars and learning about their backgrounds, interests and work experience.
“It’s a wonderful thing to support registrars through their training and see them fellow as GPs after all their years of study and exams,” Ms Hooley said.
Tamworth-based GP and GP Synergy Medical Educator Dr David Lockart was named GP Synergy Employee of the Year.
“Teaching is something I’m passionate about, I’ve done it all along from being an intern teaching medical students to now a medical educator.
“I enjoy the contrast that being a medical educator gives to clinical practice and I like being able to build the confidence of GP registrars,” Dr Lockart said.