The Boathouse Surgery in Pangbourne is a modern purpose-built surgery built in 1993. It enjoys unrivalled views of the Thames, with all the Doctors consulting rooms only feet from the river. The practice is based in a village within easy walking distance of the railway station and with plenty of car parking. It has long been established as an undergraduate training practice, and has recently restarted training for Registrars as part of the Reading and Newbury Training Programme within the Oxford Deanery. We are very proud of our culture of learning and are enthusiastic about our own education as well as that of others. The Practice population is just over 10,000 with a surprising range of social classes as the practice looks after a semi rural area that extends into the outskirts of Reading. The case mix available to registrars has been carefully considered and will be appropriate to the stage of experience of the learner.
We provide a friendly environment in which the registrar becomes an integral member of the team whilst still having the protected time and encouragement to further his/her education. Teaching is directed by the Trainer but all team members are involved in some way. The registrar has their own fully equipped room and networked PC with full inter- and intranet access. The Practice offers all the expected facilities including a library and seminar room.
The registrars attend a day release course on Tuesdays (see www.readingvts.org/home) and have a half day of protected time each week for a tutorial, with individual learning time negotiated as appropriate. There are weekly meetings on Wednesday lunchtimes which contribute to the ongoing education program.
In addition to our highly trained nursing team, we are lucky enough to have several in-house attached professionals including district nurses, health visitors, a physiotherapist, a counsellor, a dietician, a dedicated link social worker, alcohol out reach worker and the Talking Therapies team. This enables the registrar to gain a wide variety of experience in their initial induction month and beyond.
The six Partners in the Practice are proud of the standard of medical care that they offer to patients. They also enjoy and eclectic mix of non medical interests including wine tasting, cello, choir, dog walking, swimming, cycling, sailing, fast cars and golf. At the time of writing, Pangbourne are the current holders of the Dunedin 5 a side football championship so any footballers welcome.
View of the Thames from the surgery
Nicki Williams has an MSc in medical teaching. Her dissertation was in workplace based assessment, and she is involved nationally in the development of this strand of the MRCGP. As well as her expertise with the ePortfolio, she is a CSA examiner, so is able to guide training for this module too. Nicki has experience in training all postgraduate grades from F2 to ST4 as well as coaching –??returners–?? to the field of General Practice. In addition to her role as a trainer she is the Associate Postgraduate GP Dean for West Berkshire.
Nicki works in the Boathouse Surgery on three of the four days that registrars are in Practice. She is able to ensure that training runs smoothly throughout the week and oversee the training programme. When she is absent one of the other partners is designated to keep an eye on the registrar.
Rupert Woolley joined the practice in September 2009 and has restarted medical student teaching in the practice. 5th year students from oxford come to us for 6 week placements to gain experience in general practice. We also take 4th year students for individual sessions specifically for clinical examination skills teaching.
All other Partners have experience in offering supervision and tutorials with medical students, registrars and –??returners–??. They are happy to give help or discuss cases at any time.
Previous leaners have said :
2010 -Trainer:I am amazed at Nicki’s apparently boundless energy and enthusiasm – both appear infinite. I have tried to keep up but it has been hard work! And patience and encouragement aplenty.Couldn’t ask for better protection of learning time and engagement of others in teaching
– Partners: All superb. All have engaged in teaching me, wherever the opportunity has presented, with enthusiasm, commitment and care
– Practice: A perfect location! 10/10 The premises are great too – you are very lucky. Similarly, the staff, who have been universally helpful and supportive.
2010; It is genuinely the nicest place i have worked out of my total experience of seven practices. I think its the strong team ethos that makes it first class. Best care for patients by far too.
Medical student 2010; probably one of my favourite placements so far, everyone was friendly, helpful and willing to teach.