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Professional Development

Northern Suburbs Medical Service (NSMS) has had a long history of encouraging and supporting the personal and professional development of our team members.
Professional development is particularly important to us in our practice. Providing general medical services in the community is a role that requires qualification, skills and experience - and the role is constantly changing and in many ways becoming increasingly more challenging.
A commitment to undertaking further practice-specific training, both on-the-job and off-site, together with the ability to learn from one's mistakes, is considered vital in this practice.
Some examples of where the practice has specifically supported staff include
  • Over a three-year period, we supported one of our (then) enrolled nurses to upgrade her nursing skills through the three-year university course to Registered Nurse status.
  • The current practice manager completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) part-time while continuing to work at the practice.
  • Many trainee doctors in general practice came to us as GP Registrars, and were given significant support to assist them in passing their final examinations with the RACGP. Two of these doctors have continued to work with us to fulfill their career aspirations in general practice.
  • An enrolled nurse, whose nursing registration had lapsed, joined us and then received practice assistance to complete a bridging course to restore registration status.
We are also a Training Practice with the University of Tasmania School of Medicine. We regularly take two final year medical students on a thirteen week rotation, and provide the best possible community medicine learning environment - past students have been very enthusiastic about us. Medical students needing to do their later-year attachment should contact us to get in first, for a great term in general practice - don't wait to find out that you go just anywhere!
We also have an association with General Practice Training Tasmania , an independent general practice training organisation based in Hobart. GPTT trains medical graduates in the specialized skills needed to become a competent general practitioner, ultimately preparing trainee GPs to successfully sit the final RACGP examinations. We have had GP Registrar's completing their training in the practice over the past 14 years.
We also generally facilitate the ongoing professional development of our Nurses, to ensure that they maintain and improve on their core competencies, by arranging both in-house and external training sessions.
Both in-house and external training are also provided on an 'as-needs' basis for our Reception staff. We recently assisted one of our receptionists to retrain as a nurse after a ten-year absence from the nursing profession. And we are currently supporting another of our Reception staff members who is undertaking her Bachelor of Nursing degree.
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