The practice is heavily committed to its role in education. Qualified doctors, known as GP registrars, are attached to the practice for 6 to 12 months to gain experience in primary care. These doctors usually become general practitioners after completing their training. During training they are supervised and encouraged to seek advice, when required, from the practice partners.
Sometimes, patients are requested to allow their consultations to be videotaped. These are only seen by doctors involved with training and are of great educational benefit. Patient consent is sought prior to any video consultation. Your co-operation in this is greatly appreciated, but you can of course decline to be videotaped if you so wish.
From time to time the practice will have undergraduate medical students on placement gaining experience in primary health care. As the undergraduate curriculum at Liverpool Medical School now involves more community exposure, the numbers and the length of time students will be in the practice will increase. We thank you for your co-operation in helping to train the doctors of tomorrow.Both the practice nurses and community staff, district nurses and health visitors have training roles. They have students working with them under their supervision to gain valuable primary healthcare experience.
Westmoreland GP Centre is committed to participating in research. All our research projects are approved by an ethics committee and operate under terms of Research Governance. We welcome suggestions regarding how best to involve and inform our patients regarding our research activity.
MB CHB (Liverpool) 1986 MRCGP Special interests: Education, research, cryotherapy
MB CHB (Sheffield) 1991 DCH DRCOG DFSRH MRCGPSpecial interests: Education, diabetes, women’s health, research
MB ChB (Liverpool) 1991 MRCGPResearch Lead, diabetes
MB BAO Bch (Honours) MICGP Diploma in Musculoskeletal & Injury Management
LMSSA MB BS (London) 1984 Special interests: Education, child health, women’s health
MB ChB (Liverpool) 1984 MRCGP DRCOG D Occ Med
MB ChB MRCGP (Glasgow) 1994
RGN Dip HE Clinical Skills Exam Qualification Independent Nurse Prescriber
Our nurse practitioner is able to diagnose, examine and prescribe for a number of conditions.
Our highly trained nursing staff perform many duties including:
Our healthcare support worker is fully qualified to deal with the following:
The practice manager heads a staff responsible for the day-to-day administration of the practice. Their duties include all financial matters, staff management and liaison with the Primary Care Trust and Hospital Trusts.
Business Practice Manager
Deputy Practice Manager
Receptionist / Diabetic Clinic Administrator
Computer Scanning Clerk
The reception team are there to assist you in making routine and emergency appointments and house calls. They deal with all general enquiries and issuing of repeat prescriptions. It is a legal requirement that confidentiality of patient records is maintained at the highest level by all staff.
Receptionist / Healthy Heart Clinic Administrator
Receptionist / Administrator
The medical secretaries deal with all hospital referrals. They will help with any problems regarding hospital appointments.
The midwives run the antenatal clinic. They also do antenatal and postnatal domiciliary visits. They liaise very closely with other members of the primary health care team.
The district nurses are routinely involved with care of patients in their homes. They assess their needs; they advise on and carry out nursing care for the sick, elderly and terminally ill patients.
The responsibility of our Macmillan nurses is to advise about the care of terminally ill cancer patients. They will liaise with all members of the primary health care team, hospital specialists and hospice organisations.
Our health visiting team is responsible for monitoring the health needs of young families. They offer help and advice to pregnant women and new mums. They run in all the baby clinics, monitoring the health of babies and young children.
Health visitors are also very involved in health promotion issues for all age groups, offering advice on how to stop smoking, weight reduction, healthy eating and exercise for health.
Counselling is provided at Breeze Hill by Diane Howard. Referrals to the service are made by the doctors in the practice.
Primary Mental Health Care Team - For patients who suffer from mental illness, Dr Vovnik, the Consultant Psychiatrist and his team work closer with us to provide comprehensive ongoing care. Specialists include:
Primary Care Drug Counsellor - Mr Bill McIntyre provides therapy for drug misusers.
Graduate Mental Health Care Workers - They provide self-help intervention, support and psycho-education to patients with mild to moderate anxiety or depression.
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