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Training Practice

We have been an enthusiastic Training practice for over 25 years and this is reflected in the wealth of experience that is offered to every GPST by each member of our practice team.

We operate from two surgeries, the Avon Medical Centre in Larkhall and the Cander Centre in Stonehouse, a semi-rural area. This provides an opportunity to experience two different practice populations. We look after two nursing homes. There is also a homeless unit in Stonehouse. Both surgeries are very easy to commute to and from Glasgow with the motorway. There is also a train station in Larkhall barely 5 minutes walk from the surgery. Larkhall has many shops, pharmacies, eating outlets and a gym with a swimming pool, which has been appreciated by our GPST over the lunch breaks. We also have a well equipped library as well as an education room for tutorials with a TV/camcorder to view videos for consultation training. There is always access to a room with a computer with internet access for personal study over the lunch hours. Practice meetings take place regularly on Monday lunchtimes and GPSTs are welcome to attend to gain insight and exposure to important aspects of clinical governance.

We believe that learning takes place everywhere in the practice, not only in the consulting or tutorial room. As a team we aim to make every GPST feel welcome and to provide an inspiring and supportive learning environment. Everyone in the practice is approachable and happy to help. We strive to provide excellent and quality training to each GPST in order to equip them well for safe, competent and confident independent practice by also ensuring exposure to as wide a range of patients, diverse social backgrounds and medical conditions as possible. The feedback we have received from our previous GPSTs has been very positive. All our GPSTs have gone on to enjoy a career in General practice.

The induction for ST1s and ST3s is very structured covering general and personal learning needs.

The most recent practice accreditation assessment in October 2011 has been very successful and the practice has been approved for GP Training for the full 3 years again.

The weekly timetable for ST1s and ST3s includes 3 hours of protected tutorial time tailored to the GPST learning needs and objectives, including 1 hour with their Educational Supervisor and the other 2 hours with other GPs. Our nurse Practitioners and our practice manager are also experienced in giving tutorials and may provide 1 hour if and when required.

Consultation intervals are adapted to the GPST’s professional development, generally starting with 20 minute appointments after initial induction time in ST1. House-calls are done initially on a shadowing basis and later independently as second on call during ST1 and with regular weekly first on call commitment in ST3.

We are very pleased to report that all ST3s have passed their work-place based assessment based on the new GP curriculum, the AKT and the CSA within their allocated training time. All ST3s passed their CSA at first attempt. The practice has also had one remedial ST3 from a different practice who had failed the CSA twice and who passed during their 6 months with us.

We are a team of 3 GP Trainers: Elena Fawcett, Anne Thompson and Dana Foster-Kucera. We also have several GPs with special interests such as Cardiovascular Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Chronic Kidney Disease, Women’s Health, Dermatology, Audit/SEA and this has been valued by the GPSTs.

If you are considering joining our practice as a GPST and wish to look around the practice please phone Lorraine Cooper (Practice manager) or one of the Trainers on 01698-552930.


 "I completed my GP training at the Avon Medical practice and really enjoyed my experience here. I found the patients very understanding and accommodating to having doctors in training working here and this made my learning a very positive one. The staff are all very friendly and fun to work with. Having moved on and had experience of other practices I can confidently say that the practice manager is wonderful, she has the ability to sort out any problem and is definately an asset to the practice. The doctors are all very supportive and have made me the GP I am today for which I am very grateful. I am now working as a full time salaried GP in a busy London practice and really enjoying this."   .............. Dr Punam Krishan (ST3 August 2011)



"I would heartily recommend this very trainee friendly, well established teaching practice for future GP ST's. The surgeries are based in two villages in a semi rural community in South Lanarkshire with excellent transport links, and both practice centres lie only 5 minutes from their respective M74 exits, making travel from Glasgow or Lanarkshire a piece of cake. There is a broad-based population of varying socio-economic backgrounds typical of many inner-city practices but with a community feel. The trainers are approachable and well experienced with the challenges of the nMRCGP and have an excellent success rate in past years and I have felt free to reduce my appointment times / take on house calls as my confidence grows rather than feeling pressured, and have had helpful feedback throughout. There is also a robust, thorough and flexible in house teaching/tutorial programme involving all GP's, the practice nurses and beyond, which really compliments the day release regional teaching. I am very glad I decided on Larkhall and Stonehouse for my training and would commend it to anyone coming to Lanarkshire (or even the SE Scotland Deanery as a whole) as one of the easier decisions involved in GP training today."........... Dr Lewis MacKinnon (ST1 August 2012)

Training Practice Information for Patients

We have been a training practice for 25 years and are committed to high quality GP training.   GPSTs (General Practitioner Speciality Trainee) are fully trained, qualified Doctors who have specialist training split between Practice attachment and time in different hospital posts.   The Specialist training lasts 3-4 years and GP Trainees work in the practice for 6 months during year 1-2 of their training and also the last 12 months of their training.  Some GP trainees require extended training and our practice also provides this type of training from time to time.   GP trainees are qualified to have an active part in patient care and adequate supervision is provided.  Training will include shared surgeries with the Trainer and GPST sitting in surgeries or sharing home visits.  As part of GP training, GP trainees have to undertake video consultation (only with written consent from the patient prior to consultation).  They also have to take part in a patient satisfaction questionnaire and patient help is greatly appreciated.

The Practice appreciates the support our patients give us with GPST training and welcome any feedback.   If you have any comments of suggestions regarding GP training please contact:  Ms Lorraine Cooper, Practice Manager or Dr E Fawcett, Partner/Lead Trainer on 01698 552930.

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