Where quality of care meets quality of life

Llanidloes - Powys

The place that no one ever wants to leave, Llanidloes sits at the heart of the medieval kingdom of Arwystli and is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Llanidloes combines a respect for its heritage with it relaxed pace of life with an alternative modern twist, making it one of the most interesting places to work and live in the region.

The Practice
Llanidloes Medical Practice is consistently advancing through new innovations. A high QOF achiever, the family practice provides a wide range of enhanced services, and the partners enjoy above average earnings.

Llanidloes is a dispensing practice and operates from two well-equipped surgeries. It employs a Physician Associate and there is a close association with the local community pharmacist. Learning and education is also an important part of practice life.

The practice enjoys a close relationship with the Llanidloes War Memorial Hospital and neighbouring District General Hospitals.

Whole time equivalent GP

Llanidloes Medical Practice is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated GP to join its forward thinking practice. Delivering exceptional standards of care to over 8,600 patients, this traditional family medical centre is renowned for its high level of service to its surrounding community.

The vacancy is due to retirement of a partner. The post is vacant immediately and a start date would be to suit the right candidate.

The successful applicant will be expected to be self motivated, to contribute enthusiastically, to assist the practice implement change and provide the best possible level of care to our patients. Eligibility for minor surgery, minor injury, and child health surveillance will also be important together with accreditation to participate in providing the enhanced service commissioned from the practice.

If potential applicants are interested in making an informal visit to the practice, the partners will be pleased to see them prior to any formal application or selection process.

Hours/ Working schedule: Applicants will be welcomed from GPs wishing to work on a full or part-time basis. A partnership or salaried position will be considered.

Number of patients: over 8,600

Holidays/ Study Days: 35 holiday days

Are You The Ideal Candidate?
This exciting position is ideal for a GP looking to cement their future by becoming part of a highly regarded and innovative practice. Located in an area known for its credible primary and secondary schools, this vacancy is highly suited to GPs with young families.

Llanidloes has a reputation for educational excellence and is served by Llanidloes Primary and High Schools. Both have an enviable reputation for educational provision and in recent years, Llanidloes High School was placed in the Sunday Times top 500 secondary schools in the UK. This year, the school has been placed as a Cat 1 school following an excellent Estyn inspection.

A town that oozes adventure, Llanidloes is extremely popular among those with a zest for life in the outdoors; hikers travel from far and wide to walk on the on the town’s surrounding scenic footpaths. Keen walkers are especially drawn to Glyndŵr's Way, which in conjunction with the Offa's Dyke path, forms a 160-mile circuit around mid Wales!

The Sarn Sabrina Walk - a 25-mile circular walk from Llanidloes to the source of the Severn and back - has been held yearly in spring since 2006. In 2007, the Semi Sabrina, a 12-mile circular walk, was added. The Hafren Forest is also used for car rallies such as Rally GB and motorcycle Enduro events throughout the year.

Llanidloes is conveniently located, with easy access to both the Ceredigion coast and the English border. The town is known for its welcoming and intact community based on mutual respect and trust.

Home to thrilling adventures yet offering some of the most flawless scenery Wales has to offer, Llanidloes provides the ultimate base to build an easy yet fulfilling life. It may only be a short drive away from the major cities in the UK, but it’s a million miles away from the stresses and strains of modern life.

Meet the Team

Working at Llanidloes Medical Practice, you’ll reap the benefits of being part of a proactive and close-knit team of GPs and support and admin staff. Each staff member at the practice plays a crucial role in community and patient care; and many of the GPs extend their expertise to local health boards and planning groups.

Patient satisfaction is an integral part of practice life and the team at Llanidloes pride themselves on their flexible approach to meeting patients’ requirements.

In the last year, the practice has employed a part-time Physicians Associate who collaboratively with other members of the Primary Care Team and within the policies and procedures of the practice. The Physicians Associate participates in all treatment and preventative healthcare services as delegated, providing all direct clinical care to patients.This includes participating fully in the clinician’s rota, including the provision of home visits when appropriate.

Since November of last year the practice has also worked with Urgent Care Practitioners. These are contracted through Shropdoc and are based in the practice, conducting telephone consultations and dealing appropriately with routine and emergency problems. The Urgent Care Practitioners are also able to call in patients if necessary, take medical histories, perform physical examinations and analyse, diagnose and explain medical problems all under the direct supervision of the GP on call.

The practice works closely with the community pharmacist, an Independent Prescriber who works with in the practice supporting both its clinical services and staff.

The current GP team consists of:
Dr Sara Smith, Southampton 1980 B.M., D.R.C.O.G.,M.R.C.G.P.,D.F.F.P.,D.P.D,
Clinical interests: Dermatology

Dr Andy Raynsford, Birmingham 1986 M.B.Ch.B 1986 MRCGP.
Clinical interests: Medical management/ politics and musculo-skeletal disorders

Dr Christoph Schultz, Qualified Munster University, Germany 1996 MD PhD, DRCOG
Clinical interests: Cardiology, ENT, and minor surgery.

  Dr David Moore, Manchester 2000, MB ChB, PGDip Diabetes.
Clinical interests: Diabetes care,

The practice also includes seventeen non clinical staff, four practice nurses and three healthcare assistants All nurses at the practice are qualified to run a range of clinics diabetic, hypertension/chronic heart disease, COPD.

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