Careers in General Practice in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire
The Family Practice, Western College, operates from a Grade II* listed building in Cotham, with the practice’s garden recently winning a prize in the Bristol in Bloom competition.
From the impressive premises, the team serves a diverse population base of mainly professional patients.
The practice offers a mix of same day appointments, bookable appointments with a named GP, telephone appointments and triage.
A mental health nurse is also part of the team and the practice undertakes minor operations: coil and LARC.
The practice belongs to the HealthWest federation in conjunction with Whiteladies Health Centre and Pembroke Road Surgery, and is part of the Bristol North and West Cluster.
The team at the Family Practice aims to maintain excellent all-round family health care by providing an atmosphere for patients that is professional, welcoming and encourages full participation in their own health. The practice also aims to ensure every member of the team realises the value of their role and is committed to ongoing education and development for all practice members. The team are also focused on developing mechanisms within the practice to cope with change in an evolving Health Service.
A professional yet friendly place to work, the practice distributes workloads equally and values all members of the team. GPs meet each morning for coffee and meetings, and social events are held regularly. The management team meets weekly.
Staff often give very positive feedback on their experience at the Family Practice.
The practice offers flexible working times, childcare vouchers, a bike purchase scheme, statutory maternity and paternity leave with enhanced arrangements for GPs.
All new staff receive a full induction and a mentor if needed. The team meets regularly and there is an open door policy with the management team. Clinical staff have an educational meeting each quarter.
The Family Practice is a training practice, has two accredited trainers and has tier 4 and 5 medical students on a regular basis.
GPs get paid study leave and there are a variety of training options available across the team.
The practice serves a diverse population which mainly includes professional patients, including those from the hospital, BBC and university. There are small areas of deprivation in the large practice area, plus one large and two small residential/nursing homes.
93% of patients recommend this practice.