Training Practice

Information for prospective trainees…

Calling all prospective GP Registrars! Why not come and join our team?

Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice is a long-standing and highly respected Training Practice, situated on the Oxfordshire/Berkshire border and operating out of two surgeries, three miles apart. We currently have 9,700 patients and dispense from both sites.

Good reasons to train with us:

  • We are a friendly, welcoming Practice achieving high QOF scores and offering excellent standards of clinical care for our patients, at the heart of two village communities
  • We currently have four well-established trainers, two of whom are Programme Directors for the Reading & Newbury VTS scheme and two who are CSA examiners
  • Our team and trainers received excellent feedback on our most recent training assessment visit by HETV
  • Our trainees have well-equipped rooms on both sites
  • We pride ourselves on a team approach to learning with regular multidisciplinary team meetings, Practice meetings and educational lunch-time sessions run for all clinical staff. We are also involved in research.
  • Our Practice population includes a mixed population of elderly and families.
  • We can offer a range of experience including telephone triage, home visiting, chronic disease clinics, exposure to palliative care in the community, minor ops, joint injections, contraception (including coil and implant fitting) and memory clinics.
  • We are a paperless Practice using the EMIS system.

Our trainers:

  • Dr Andrew Goode FRCGP (our Senior Partner), is an experienced trainer, CSA examiner, appraiser, Coach for the deanery Professional Support Unit and a Programme Director for the Reading and Newbury VTS scheme.
  • Dr Simon Morris (our Executive Partner), has also been training for many years. He is a CSA examiner and coordinates the teaching of Oxford medical students who visit the Practice regularly.
  • Dr Anna Magnusson (one of our Salaried GPs), has been training for more than 10 years, is a Programme Director for the Reading and Newbury VTS scheme and a coach for the Professional Support Unit.
  • Dr Simon Pettitt (one of our newest Partners) has just qualified as a GP trainer.

Our trainees:

We have up to six GP Registrars training with us at any one time. They are considered part of the team and involved in all our educational events and relevant meetings. Three of our newest Partners – Dr Simon Pettitt, Dr Ed Capo-Bianco and Dr Jessica Reed – were ST3s here before joining the team on a permanent basis – and there can’t be a higher recommendation for training with us than that!

Our Team

We have an experienced and highly professional Nursing and HCA team who work together with our patients to manage many of the long-term chronic conditions we see in Primary Care, eg asthma, COPD and diabetes. We are particularly privileged to have our Community Nurses based within our surgeries and able to coordinate care particularly for our elderly and palliative patients.

Julia Beasley, our Practice Manager, has been in post for eleven years now, is highly

experienced and thrives on working within a training environment. She is also a Practice Manager Inspector for Training Practices in the Thames Valley and part of the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group aimed at supporting Practices that are struggling.

We have dedicated and loyal reception, admin and dispensing teams who support our Practice and ensure its smooth running!

Training in Goring and Woodcote:

There is a wealth of expertise and knowledge available within our Practice team and we ensure that trainees have access to this during their induction programme and by having some of their regular tutorials with clinicians other than their trainer. We offer flexible educational time to enable you to follow your own learning needs and ‘personalise’ your training. We meet as a whole clinical team on Friday lunchtime to discuss clinical and business issues and have regular educational presentations from specialists from the Oxfordshire and Berkshire hospitals. We also hold regular reviews of significant events, palliative patients and patient feedback.

We support our learners throughout their time with us. You will have a named supervising doctor for each session along with protected ‘debrief’ time. Our doctors meet daily for coffee, an opportunity to informally chat through cases. Each individual trainee is challenged to enable them to achieve the skills they will need as independent practitioners.

The whole Practice team is totally committed to training. We enjoy working with our GP Registrars and learn a tremendous amount from them! Our aim is to offer our patients the very highest possible standard of clinical care, applying the principles of compassion, continuity and accessibility, and we work hard to ensure we create an environment for both our patients and our staff that is friendly and supportive.

Feedback we have received recently:

Deanery training Practice re-approval inspection May 2015

“This is an established and respected training Practice that shows a true commitment to training from the whole team”

“Julia, the Practice Manager, is highly regarded (eg seen by all trainees we interviewed as both caring and efficient); she runs a well-organized team”

Feeback from previous trainees:

  • “A fabulous Practice with a wonderfully supportive team and patients, who understand the needs of GP trainees. Excellent tutors who guide and stretch learning whilst providing close support. They know exactly what is needed for exam success and to make a good future GP” – Dr Jo Webb, Registrar, August 2015 – February 2016
  • “Goring and Woodcote Medical Practice provides a fantastic learning environment with a caring and inspiring medical team and excellent support staff alongside them. I learnt so much from Doctors and Nurses who were keen to teach and went out of their way to make me feel part of the Practice.” – Dr Sam Muncey, Registrar, February 2015 – August 2015
  • “Having been a GP registrar at the Goring & Woodcote Medical Practice for four months, I can highly recommend them as a Training Practice. I have been welcomed into the team and made to feel a valued member whilst also being encouraged to address any learning needs that I have. Importantly, I have been given the time and resources to do this. The work is well paced which allows me to develop along with my expanding role. Before coming here I spoke to previous trainees that had attended who were without exception very complimentary of this Practice and in particular, to the importance given to allow training and teaching to be registrar- centred. I strongly agree with their sentiment. This Practice is flexible and dynamic in training their Registrars, producing a good quality experience. For me, this has led to high levels of satisfaction and enjoyment in my daily role at a well-run and positive Practice.” – Dr Chee Pavey, recent ST3 GP Registrar

Want to find out more about what our Practice can offer you?

Please contact:

Julie Beasley,
Practice Manager,
01491 870230
juliabeasley@nhs.net