Bloxham and Hook Norton Surgeries

Practice Profile

We are a rural part-dispensing practice located 3 miles southwest of Banbury in the village of Bloxham. Our main surgery is a converted building that also houses the dispensary. We have a purpose-built branch surgery in the village of Hook Norton about 5 miles from Bloxham in the direction of Chipping Norton. We have a list size of about 8100 patients which has been steadily growing over the years. Our practice population is predominantly Caucasian with a higher proportion of older people and lower deprivation than the county average. Over the time you spend with us though you will see a wide range of general practice presentations.

We are a GMS practice with 3 GP partners. The practice clinical team also comprises of salaried GPs, Physician Associate, Clinical Pharmacist, Practice nurses, Physiotherapist, Health Care Assistant and Phlebotomists including one who does domiciliary visits. Other allied staff include Paramedics for Home visiting, District Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Palliative Care Nurses & Social Prescribers. The Health Visitors are based at our branch surgery. Out of Hours cover is provided by NHS 111 in coordination with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust from various sites across Oxfordshire including the Horton Hospital in Banbury. We use the EMIS Web clinical system to record consultations, Docman 10 for document management and Lexacom for digital dictations. We have moved to Total Triage since the onset of the COVID pandemic although this is under review, and we are hoping to introduce a ‘hybrid’ system of appointments in the not-too-distant future. We use Engage Consult software for online consultations, AccuRx for video consultations and for communicating by text with patients.

Apart from Essential services we offer several Additional and Enhanced services including Minor Surgery, Contraception (coils & implants), Joint & Soft tissue injections, Event monitoring for Arrythmias and Dermoscopy. We cover Godswell Park nursing home which is within walking distance of the surgery. We have a close working relationship with Katherine House Hospice & Lawrence Home nursing. We have regular multi-disciplinary palliative care team meetings and aim for the Daffodil Standards. The primary healthcare team meets fortnightly. There is daily opportunity to have informal discussions about patients or other issues in the common room where many team members congregate for lunch.

The practice is an equal opportunity employer. We are members of Oxfordshire CCG and part of the NORA PCN (North Oxfordshire Rural Alliance Primary Care Network). We have an active Patient Participation Group.

We aim to provide patient centred holistic care and value the ideals of good access and continuity. We consistently achieve maximum QOF points and do well in GP Patient surveys. We are a non-hierarchical organisation wherein team members address each other by their first name, and we embrace multidisciplinary working. We have taken on medical and nursing students for a few years now but are relatively new to GP training. What we lack in experience, we hope to make up with enthusiasm and attention to detail. The whole team is excited about being involved in training future GPs. As our trainee you can expect a tailored learning experience in a friendly and supportive environment.

Hope this summary gives you a flavour of what it will be like if you choose to train with us. Do have a look at our website for more information. For any further queries feel free to contact Dr. Sanjay Ramani (Trainer) or Mrs. Di Waller (Practice Manager)