Practice Training

We are a training practice, accredited with the NHS Education for Scotland Deanery.


It is vital for the future of the NHS that the UK trains enough healthcare professionals, such as doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists etc.

You may meet various healthcare professionals at different stages of training when being looked after by Speyside Medical Group.

Through exposure to the excellent training opportunities within our practices, we hope that this will lead to a sustainable workforce with new GPs keen to come and work here in the future!

Below are the different kinds of students and trainees working here.

MEDICAL STUDENTS- We provide educational placements for 4th and 5th year medical students from Aberdeen University. We also host and support SCOTGEM medical students from the University of St Andrews, and Dundee University in a yearlong placement based in General Practice during their 4th year of training.

Medical students will always be working under the close supervision of a named experienced GP who will be at hand for advice or support as necessary.

On completing their medical degree, medical students become licenced by the General Medical Council (GMC) as doctors.

FOUNDATION YEAR TWO (FY2) are doctors, who have already worked for one year in hospital and as part of their second year in training, have chosen to spend time in General Practice. They are able to take clinical responsibility for managing patients while taking guidance from a supervising GP.

GENERAL PRACTICE SPECIALIST TRAINEES (GPST1 and GPST3) are doctors, who have completed at least 2 years working in hospital and have now chosen to specialise in General Practice. They work in the Practice for 6 months in their first year (GPST1) and for 12 months in their last year of GP training (GPST3). They will take on much more clinical responsibility than FY2 doctors, but can still refer to a supervising GP for advice if needed. After successful completion of training, they will be fully qualified GPs.

NON-MEDICAL TRAINING - The Practice also supports a variety of health care workers to gain additional qualifications, for example in prescribing, or clinical examination. You may find you are asked if you mind a nurse, pharmacist or physiotherapist sitting in on your consultation. Like all persons working at the practice, they are fully bound by the rules of confidentiality and professional accountability.