Ainsdale Medical Centre66 Station RdSouthportMerseyside, PR8 3HWTel: 01704 575133
Ainsdale Medical Centre is the second largest GP Practice in Southport and Formby looking after approximately 12500 patients.
We have nine GPs working at the practice ( three of them work part time) , three practice nurses and two healthcare assistants. They are supported by a team of sixteen administrative staff.
The practice team deliver a full range of clinical services under our General Medical Services (GMS) contract with NHS England.
We have been an accredited GP training practice for many years and our current GP Trainers are Dr Weindling and Dr Bennett.
We also host medical students under a partnership with Liverpool University and student nurses from Edgehill University.
Find out more about our learning and development activity as a training practice.
Ainsdale Medical Centre has been involved in GP training and education for over 40 years. In fact a lot of local GP’s working in and around Southport have been trained at Ainsdale Medical Centre. We are accredited by the Mersey Deanery as a GP training Practice. This process usually takes place every 3 years and the last accreditation was in 2013. The accreditation process is a very thorough one and ensures that we maintain high standards in terms of our administrative structure, record keeping and commitment to continuing education.
Dr Bennett is our current GP trainer, and has been involved in GP education since joining the Practice in 2001. He formally became a trainer in 2008. The entire Practice is committed to GP training and education and all of our team play a part in creating a robust and supportive learning environment for our Registrars.
GP Registrars are qualified doctors who usually have been working in Hospitals for several years gaining experience and specialist skills ready for life as a GP. During the final year of specialist GP training the registrars must pass exams ( AKT and CSA) in order to pass the MRCGP exam. This in conjunction with a satisfactory GP Trainer report will allow them to be qualified GP’s and members of the Royal College of general Practitioners.
As part of their training, GP registrars will conduct surgeries alongside the other GP’s at Ainsdale Medical centre under the supervision of Dr Bennett. They will also be asked to video record some consultations for training purposes. The recordings are done in accordance with standards laid down by the Royal College of General Practitioners and as a patient you are entitled to ask for the camera not to be used during your appointment. The recordings are strictly confidential and are only used for training purposes.
Prospective GP Registrars:
We are a long established GP training Practice committed to education and evidence based medicine. All of our Practice team are committed to GP Training and importantly know what is involved to help you get through your exams. We have GP’s with specialist skills in Cardiology, Dermatology, Minor Surgery, Diabetes, Occupational Health Medicine and family Planning.
We encourage GP registrars to get involved in teaching and encourage them to facilitate a tutorial with the medical students which we video and use this to reflect on their teaching skills.
Please find below examples of some mock AKT questions and some mock CSA scenarios to give you an idea of what to expect.
Dr Bennett can provide more details upon request.
We are also involved in teaching medical students from the University of Liverpool. They are supervised by Dr Nugent and Dr Quinlan. They will do very closely supervised consultations and sit in in with their GP supervisor but unlike GP registrars (Who can consult independently) will not make any treatment decisions without approval from their GP supervisor.
Dr Nugent organises a mini mock clinical exam for the students each year and we often ask patients with interesting clinical signs to take part in this. The feedback from both patients and the medical students is extremely positive.
We are an accredited training practice for Edgehill University. Sr. O'Connor and Sr. Conway frequently have student nurses working under their supervision and guidance.
As you can see Ainsdale Medical Centre is highly committed to its status as a training and educational practice.
If you have any questions about our training programme please ask to speak to Paul Ashby the Practice Manager.
The surgery building has been especially adapted to facilitate access for the disabled with a ramp and wide doors at both front and rear entrances. The front door is fitted with an automated door opening device.
We have fully featured disabled washroom facilities on both floors which are equipped with personal distress alarms that are connected to Reception.
We now also have a spacious lift serving the first floor clinical rooms which can be found towards the rear of the downstairs waiting room.
There is designated parking at the rear of the surgery in the patients' car park.
Reception is equipped with a hearing loop device.
Since July 31st 2016 we have adopted the Accessible Information Standard. This new legislation directs and defines a specific and consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
If you want to know anything more about access to the surgery and the services we provide to our patients please give us a call.
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