Trainer: Dr Phil Whitaker, philip.whitaker@gp-L81132.nhs.uk
We are a small, friendly practice situated in comfortable, purpose-built premises in the Westfield area of Radstock. Our philosophy is to provide a high standard of traditional family medicine for our patients, and to enjoy ourselves while doing so. Our list grows each year, and currently stands at just over 4,000 patients, with a bias towards the younger end of the population spectrum (so there is plenty of paediatric experience).
Our registrars have use of their own room throughout their attachment. The weekly timetable incorporates protected tutorial time, a joint surgery with the trainer, and time is also set aside for informal training during and after surgeries. There is dedicated non-contact time for project/audit work. The whole team is enthusiastic about, and involved in education, so our registrars experience a range of clinical styles. As well as mentoring in the medical, psychological and social dimensions of primary care, we ensure our registrars develop a good understanding of the business aspects of general practice during their time with us.
Relationships within our small team are excellent. The doctors have a weekly coffee-time 'journal club' where we share interesting research snippets and discuss challenging cases. The whole clinical team - including practice nurses, health visitor and district nurse - meets every 6 - 8 weeks.
There are three partners:
The partners work alongside Dr Fiona Atherton, who is on the GP retainer scheme. The wider team comprises our excellent practice nurses, health care assistant, physiotherapist, and counsellor. We have good relationships with our district nursing and health visiting colleagues. The practice is ably supported by a friendly and knowledgable administrative team.