ABEN3E Riverside house and bridge over the River Wye at Rhayader Powys Mid Wales UK

Where quality of care meets quality of life

Rhayader - Powys

A perfect base to set up life, Rhayader is home to the spectacular scenery of the Elan and Claerwen Valleys and the extraordinary wildlife in the Cambrian Mountains. This beautiful town is the first on the River Wye and is abounding with attractions and events, making it a beautiful and fascinating place for residents to live.

The Practice
Rhayader Practice offers a versatile working environment that is comfortable and spacious. This patient-friendly clinic consists of two treatment rooms, three consulting rooms and an eye assessment room. Telemedicine support is also currently being developed with Shropdoc Co-operative.

The practice has strong links with community groups including Rhayader Community Support and Rhayader Home Support .These organisations support Rhayader’s patients with transport assistance, social events, and 24hr rapid response home support. The development of a virtual ward at the practice has also led to enhanced working relationships with the wider multi-disciplinary team.

Committed to providing collaborative care, Rhayader Practice attends weekly meetings with the local physiotherapist, OT and social services support. Rhayader Home Support attends these meetings and is a valued resource for the practice; encouraging positive relationships with patients and playing an active role in their care. These patient/ GP relationships are further supported by the level of enthusiasm shown by patients in helping with the practice’s involvement in the Primary Care Research Incentive Scheme. They are continually happy to participate and help the practice deliver a high standard of care.

Rhayader Practice has very recently negotiated a new contract with the community hospital in Llandrindod Wells, who manage seven GP beds with specialist elderly care from the ward based staff grade physician. This has further strengthened the practice’s involvement with the community hospital and will ensure a consistent streamlined approach to patient care in the community.

Part-time GP position

Rhayader Practice is looking for an ambitious GP to join their team on a part-time basis. Situated in a picturesque rural town, close to the stunning Elan Valley, this vacancy offers a fantastic opportunity for a forward-thinking GP to cement their future in the medical field. Rhayader Practice is proud to provide a superior level of care to approximately 3,300 patients and is welcoming applicants looking to become a valued member of a thriving and highly trusted team.

There is also an opportunity for any prospective GP to be involved in specialist outpatient clinics at Llandrindod Wells Hospital (GPS WSI).

Hours/ Working schedule: Two days per week. Earnings potential for a part-time salaried GP position will be £10,000 per session per year. Indemnity fees will also be covered.

Number of patients: Approximately 3,300.

Holidays/ Study Days: Six weeks holiday per year holiday plus five days study leave.

Are You The Ideal Candidate?
Rhayader is the perfect base for family life. Home to the awe-inspiring Cambrian Mountains and rich with striking scenery and beautiful rare wildlife, this wonderful town offers the ideal environment for children to grow up in. This combined with the town’s wide variety of leisure activities and respectable schools make Rhayader a popular place to work and live among professionals looking for that perfect work/ life balance.

A versatile GP with excellent communication skills and an adaptive approach would make for a suitable candidate for this life-changing position.

Meet the Team

The successful candidate will be welcomed by a close-knit, friendly team, all of whom play a crucial role in maintaining the outstanding reputation of Rhayader Practice.

The practice currently consists of one full-time GP partner, one non-clinical partner and one salaried GP who works two days a week. The practice also has the added benefit of regularly working with locums who play an important role in developing constructive relationships with patients.

Playing an active part in supporting the training needs of both the administrative and clinical team, the practice partners provide an “open door” policy and are always happy to help all members of staff. This, combined with providing regular staff appraisals, makes the Rhayader team a strong, positive and supporting network to be part of.

As an innovative and consistently evolving medical centre, Rhayader Practice is developing the existing team to include a pharmacist, a mental health worker, and a health & wellbeing facilitator. These initiatives are being funded by the Cluster development funding.

The practice is also proud to be supporting a Physician Associate trainee over the next two years and is hoping to have an Urgent Care Practitioner join the team in the near future.

Increasing the skill mix within the team ensures all patients’ needs are met in a timely manner by an appropriate health professional.

Support staff consists of the district nursing team, podiatry services, health visitor, midwives, specialist nursing input, and counsellors.

Looking to shape your clinical and personal future in an ideal family environment?

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