Research & Education

Teaching & training

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We are very proud to support the teaching and training of future doctors and GPs here at Hastings House. We have close links to both the local Coventry & Warwickshire GP training scheme, and Warwick Medical School.

Dr Martin Whittaker, Dr Martin Read-Jones and Dr Jo Piercy are GP trainers, and we usually host several GP specialty trainees here at Hastings House. These GP trainees are fully trained doctors who are training to become GPs and will usually be consulting with patients independently, under the supervision of one of our GPs.

Most of our doctors are trained medical school tutors, and regularly supervise medical students from Warwick Medical School who are training to be doctors. Medical students may be observing consultations, or may be leading consultations under the close supervision of one of our GPs. Dr Tim Preece and Dr Paul de Cates also regularly act as examiners for the medical school finals examinations.

Dr Paul de Cates is also an Associate Clinical Professor at Warwick Medical School, with overall responsibility for learning, teaching, assessment and support of medical students in their final two years of training. He is also External Examiner at the University of Edinburgh, having previously served this role at Keele University.


Hastings House is a Research Ready Practice, accredited by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) which means we engage in research studies and trials in collaboration with the West Midlands Primary Care Research Network, based at Warwick Medical School.

This gives our patients the chance to get involved with cutting-edge research that should benefit many patients in the future.

Our research lead GP is Dr Paul de Cates, who works closely with our research nurse Pauline Darbyshire.

Research & Surveillance Centre

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This practice is one of over 600 practices in England contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance. These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research. The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) RSC is the main source of information for Public Health England and helps with the prediction and management of flu outbreaks and pandemics.

You can find out more about our involvement with the Research and Surveillance Centre's work, including what data is shared with them using the links below:

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RSC patient information leaflet

The Hastings House privacy notice [link to Practice Fair Processing & Privacy Notice] has been updated to ensure our patients are aware of how we share and protect the sensitive data that we hold about them. If you do not want to include your data in this important project, please contact the practice manager at