Practice Managers play an important part in the process of trainees becoming fully qualified GPs and Members of the Royal College of General Practitioners (mRCGP).
Practices have to meet strict criteria to become training practices. The requirements are managed by one of the 16 Deaneries in the UK. The School of Primary Care, Severn Deanery, based in Bristol, is responsible for GP training in the Swindon and Cirencester patch, which links into the GP Education Office based at Great Western Hospital. Practice managers have a role in ensuring the criteria required to be a training practice are adhered to.
Once a trainee has been assigned to a practice, the practice manager plays a key role in getting a trainee ready for their placement (including making necessary checks), organising induction and contributing to the learning of a trainee by offering training on business and practice management. A trainee will need to understand not only the clinical side of being a GP but also how the business runs if they want to apply for partnerships in the future.
The Practice Manager plays a critical role, orientating new trainees into the practice, linking up with tutors to encourage the development of each trainee and ensuring they are protected in their supernumerary role within the practice.