Brackley Medical Centre

Wellington Road, Brackley, NN13 6QZ

Tel: 01280 702436

Doctors

Dr Jane Cassidy BMedSci MBBS (Nottingham) DipOccMed (Partner) Qualified in 1987, specialises in Women’s Health Issues, Family Planning and has also obtained a qualification in Occupational Medicine.

Dr Paul Parsons MBChB (Birmingham) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP PGCertMDE (Partner) Qualified in 1991, is an approved GP trainer.He chairs the patient group.

Dr Jane Charles-Nash MBBS (London) MRCGP DRCOG DFFP (Partner) Qualified in 2003, has specialist interests in family planning, women’s health issues and dermatology.

Dr Jean Paton Ker MBBS (London) MRCP MRCGP DCH DFSRH (Partner) Qualified in 2006, interested in general medicine, cardiology and substance misuse.

Dr Tina Beardsworth MBChB (Sheffield) DFFP MRCGP DRCOG (Partner) Qualified in 1990, is an approved GP trainer and is the clinical lead for the local Primary Care Network.

Dr Victoria Morrell MA BMBCh (Oxon) MRCGP DFSRH (Partner) Qualified 2009, is lead for Stowe school.

Dr Mary Hollands MBBS (London) MRCGP (Salaried Associate) Qualified 2004

Dr Ellen Fallows BMBCh BA (oxon) 2004, MRCGP 2011, DipBSLM, DFSRH, DRCOG (Salaried Associate) Qualified 2004, has experience and an interest in supporting people with weight loss and Type-2 diabetes remission through lifestyle change.

Dr Richard Timms (Salaried Associate) Qualified 2014

Practice Profile

Brackley is an attractive market town which has gradually expanded over the past twenty years and is presently subject to another wave of house-building adding a further 2000 homes. Road connections are excellent, with both the M40 and M1 only a few minutes away. Travel time from Oxford is approximately 30 minutes, from Banbury approximately 15 minutes and Milton Keynes 25 minutes. We refer to local district general hospitals at Banbury (‘The Horton’), Northampton and also to the Oxford Hospitals.

We have recently moved to a brand new, purpose-built premise which is part of an innovative health care campus including the GP surgery, pharmacy, community services (district nurses, school nurses, podiatry, physiotherapy and diagnostics including XR and ultrasound are coming soon), a new community hospital with in-patient beds and an adjoining private care home. Provision is being made for visiting specialist clinics and enhanced minor surgery. The practice area is semi-rural and extends to the surrounding villages including Helmdon and Sulgrave to the north, and as far as Souldern and Hethe to the south. Our patient list is just in excess of 15,000 however we have tried to retain the feel of a small, supportive and friendly practice team.

The practice prides itself on providing excellent patient care, with an academic slant. It is characterised by its dynamism and innovation. The NHS is a complex and constantly evolving organisation and BMC seeks to adapt to the changing healthcare environment through encouraging learning and self-development for its entire staff. There is a commitment to quality improvement projects, audit and training. The practice is part of the Northamptonshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is deeply embedded in both commissioning and the provision of novel services locally in response to the changing NHS structure. We have particularly close links with a GP owned and led provider organisation Principal Medical Limited (PML) which was established by two of our GP partners ten years ago and which is now a key component of the local health care economy. We are a member of Brackley and Towcester PCN and work well with the other practices. We have access to a social prescriber, clinical pharmacists, a care coordinator and first contact physiotherapist through them.

There is a long history of GP registrar training at the practice with two approved GP trainers currently. There is a mix of trainees working in the practice at any one time, usually one ST3 and either an ST1 or ST2. The registrar has their own fully equipped room and the surgery has a large meeting room. As a ‘learning organisation’ we are committed to teaching and staff training and run fortnightly clinical meetings involving the whole team, a weekly journal club for clinical staff (at which trainees often present papers or cases) and quarterly protected learning time events. Practice learning activities are overseen and planned by an education committee in which the registrar plays a key role. We have also provided educational supervision to practice nurses, district nurses and pharmacists undertaking diplomas in prescribing.

As a registrar we work with you to make sure your learning is tailored to your individual need, and do our very best to make you feel valued and involved. You will have the opportunity for weekly tutorials with one of our GP educators or GPs,  in order to benefit from a variety of styles and approaches we vary this as needed. Typically we receive excellent feedback from our past trainees regarding both the teaching they have received and the broader surgery experience.

We have nine permanent doctors – six partners and three salaried GPs. We have the usual full complement of staff attached to the primary healthcare team including practice nurses, healthcare assistants, district nurses, midwife and health visitors. There is always plenty of opportunity for trainees to spent time with each of these. Our practice nurses and health care assistants see patients by appointment and run all the usual specialised clinics for patients with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease. We have responsibility for two of local nursing homes. Juniper House, a sixty bed facility providing specialist dementia care facilities and Brackley Care Home, a 66 bed facility for dementia, respite, nursing, residential and palliative care. I’m addition we provide medical services to Stowe.

We are fully-computerised using SystmOne and committed to maximising the potential of modern IT solutions within primary care practice.

The practice also has a keen interest in occupational medicine through its sister organisation Washington House Occupational Health Limited and is particularly involved with local F1 racing teams. There is a full complement of occupational nurses and technicians to provide support to the two GPs with a special interest in this area. Our primary focus and passion will always be to provide exemplary patient care. However our involvement with commissioning, PML and the running of outside contracts means we are also, perhaps uniquely, able to provide insights for our registrars into some of the exciting opportunities that general practice can provide outside of the core GMS contract.

In conclusion, Brackley Medical Centre can offer GP registrars a progressive, exciting and rounded learning experience across a broad range of areas in an attractive supportive and friendly setting. You are welcome to make contact with either of the trainers for further information. We encourage you to visit the practice before making your choice – or for more information visit https://www.brackleymedicalcentre.co.uk/