The Falkland Surgery is located on the southern edge of Newbury, a town which is now the centre of a thriving hi-tech economy, while retaining many of the attractions of the original market town.
Our Practice area covers all of Newbury town and much of the rural and village community to the south of Newbury. We have a small rural theatre and a town Arts Centre with a varied programme, which is augmented in May by the well-respected Newbury Spring Festival.
We moved into The Falkland Surgery on 5th July 2002 and continue to be thrilled with our purpose built, state of the art premises. We were previously known as St. John’s Rd Surgery and one of the main drivers for relocation was the need for space to become a training practice.
There are currently 7 partners, with 2 salaried GPs, a practice based pharmacist and a MSK specialist. We have a wide variety of expertise within the practice with partners having well established interests in Palliative Care and Diabetes, Commissioning, Minor Surgery and Family Planning.
The list size is 14,000 and we have a higher than average elderly population. We also look after a local boarding school, and residential institute for people with Mental Health Issues
Premises and Equipment:
Our building has been designed to retain the best features of the old with an emphasis on welcoming patients as well as providing an excellent environment for staff. There is a dedicated trainee room, which is next door to the trainer.
We have a library, which also has a large “boardroom” style table around which all the GPs work, during times of the day when we are not seeing patients. It enables us to communicate on an informal basis several times a day, as well as to regularly seek advice and share experiences. The library has electronic access to journals as well as back copies of the BMJ and BJGP for those who prefer the feel of paper. Books are bought from a budget, and staff at the primary health care team meetings can all make recommendations for these.
We are fully equipped with video, ECG and spirometer which link straight into the computer, defibrillator, nebulisers, “sonicaids”, etc and we have a minor ops room, which is used for a range of minor surgical procedures.
The practice is highly computerised (EMISWEB). In addition, we have been “paper-frugal” for 15 years and banished the paper notes upstairs when we moved. All staff have access to the practice intranet and to the internet / NHSnet via their PCs and we print patient information leaflets in our consulting rooms.
West Berks Community Hospital:
Visiting consultants from Reading and Oxford come to West Berkshire Community Hospital and the opportunities for seeking informal advice enhance our relationships with these consultants. It is also easy to arrange for registrars to observe clinics and minor ops sessions if required.
Out of Hours Care:
All Out of Hours care is transferred to Westcall OOH service. The JCPT requirements for OOH experience are fulfilled by arranging for the registrar to observe and then work alongside experienced GPs from other practices. A full time registrar will need to do 12 sessions in 1 year to fulfil the requirements.
We have all the staff you might expect with an active Primary Health Care Team meeting regularly. We also have Talking Therapies counsellors and a social worker in the practice. We encourage all staff to take on new responsibilities and have several specialist nurse-run clinics for chronic diseases.
Several of our attached staff are teachers as well, and we have a steady stream of student nurses, midwives and health visitors as well as medical students.
The Practice Trainers are Tim Walter and Ruth Lambert.
Tim Walter was approved for training in 2007 having obtained the Certificate of Medical Education with the Oxford Deanery, and has had a variety of trainees since then. He has also been involved in the first wave of GP Nurse training on the Pilot scheme and was on the GPN steering committee.
Ruth Lambert has completed the Certificate of Medical Education with the Oxford Deanery in 2018, and will be welcoming her first trainee in August 2018. She is currently mentoring the practice pharmacist on her prescribing qualification.
The practice has a strong ethos of training and we believe in a whole practice approach to training. All of the clinicians are involved in providing joint surgeries and tutorials. Previous trainees have commented on how beneficial they have found this approach to gaining a varied exposure to General Practice.
Please contact Tim Walter (GP) or Mark Betkowski (Practice Manager) if you have any queries or would like to arrange a visit.
Previous registrars have said :
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the doctors and other staff.”
“I enjoyed time to fulfil other agendas eg visit palliative care team”
“Joint surgeries with all partners were useful and constructive”
“Thank you so much for a brilliant and very educational 6 months”
“Supportive and someone always available for advice/debrief”
“Thank you very much for all your help and support over the last 6 months. I’ve learnt a huge amount and (I hope) made some real improvements on where I was at the beginning of the job. It’s certainly been challenging at times, but I’ve really enjoyed my time in GP. I’ve seen a huge variety of clinical presentations, honed my consultation skills, and even attempted to overcome my fear of home visits (still a bit scary I’m afraid!). I’ve also had the opportunity to experience more of the business and management aspects of the job, particularly with the introduction of the new appointment system, all hugely valuable to anyone thinking about a career in GP.”
“You work with an amazing team and it was great to work closely with the nurses on my audit who were all extremely helpful and accommodating. Everyone behind the scenes always made sure I had everything I needed, and Karen was a star for (amongst many other things) helping me fix my training days. Yourself and all of the GP partners were always available for advice and ‘stupid questions’ and gave some fantastic tutorials – their support, and yours very much enabled me to grow in confidence. ”