What makes us the Practice for you?
- Very supportive partners who interact well together
- Motivated, highly trained reception staff
- Friendly, sociable team
- Skilled nursing team
- Cohesive management team
- Reputation for a high standard of clinical care
- Good income
- Purpose built premises
- Pleasant semi-rural location within easy access to busy towns and cities/places of historical interest and areas of great natural beauty
- Good schools in the area
We wish to appoint a Salaried GP/Partner to work 6 to 8 sessions (negotiable) and to share in all clinical and operational aspects of the practice.
6 to 8 sessions per week (negotiable), days to be decided.
We run a shared list but allocate patient numbers based on the number of sessions worked by each GP to ensure paper work, results, etc. are shared out equitably. All doctors present each day meet together at the end of morning surgery to share experiences, ask for advice and offer each other support.
Our total list size is circa 10,800 and we are the largest surgery in Mold.
Mold is known for its street market held each Wednesday and Saturday and also for its farmer’s market held every Tuesday. There are several restaurants and cafes and many interesting independently owned shops. Theatre Clwyd has a cinema and playhouse which has a fine repertoire and reputation. Art exhibitions also take place there. There are many pretty villages around the area. Loggerheads Country Park and Moel Fammau are a short distance away and provide beautiful areas for walking and hiking. St Mary’s Church in the centre of Mold is a lovely example of 15th century architecture. There are several large country estates nearby some of which hold open air events such as opera concerts. Mold is situated close to the A55 which provides easy access to the City of Chester or alternatively heading west to the mountain range of Snowdonia and the beautiful Welsh coast line. There is an excellent range of state and private schools in the area including a Welsh first language school. Liverpool and Manchester Airports are within a forty minute drive.
There are five partners, one of these to retire shortly, plus three salaried GP. We have two advanced nurse practitioners, two practice nurses and one health care assistant. Our reception team consists of a reception manager, prescribing officer, IT and administration officer and nine receptionists, all of whom are highly trained, very competent and provide an exceptional service to the patients. Added to this we have a medical secretary, a finance and administration officer, a personnel manager and a practice manager. Together we make a very friendly, supportive and industrious team.
We work closely with a team of district nurses, palliative care nurses, health visitors, midwives and a CPN. We have a close working relationship with Mold Community Hospital which is in close proximity to the practice. We have an excellent working relationship with members of the Medicines Management and Prescribing Team from the Local Health Board who work regularly in the practice assisting with audits for QOF and enhanced services.
We encourage training and development for the team and have monthly protected practice time afternoons where we bring in various consultants to talk on areas pertinent to primary care. We also use the time to provide in-house training and for clinical meetings. We undertake year 4 medical student training and hope to begin nurse mentoring in the future.
The building, which is owned by the partners was purposed built in 1965 but has been extended and refurbished in 1980 and 2000. It has a large staff and patient car park and is in close walking distance of the Community Hospital and the town centre. The Local Health Board is also situated within walking distance.
Appointments and access
Consultations are by appointment and are a mixture of pre-bookable, on the day routine and urgent on the day. We also offer telephone consultations and a patient enquiry service.
Out of hours work is covered by the long established Out Of Hours Service.
The incoming doctor will not be expected to do any out of hours work, but may contribute if desired.
We have an excellent and experienced, able and willing practice manager and personnel manager. The practice is fully computerised with Vision with lab links, letter scanning, with a progressive policy for IT. Doctors like to follow different management interests including QOF and enhanced services, clinical governance, significant events, prescribing, audit, access, GP rotas, finance, innovating information technology, premises and staff.
Practice meetings are held monthly in-house, with a constructive agenda and minutes. Significant events and clinical items are discussed at the monthly clinical meetings.
Incoming doctors are encouraged to develop their own role within the team.
The partners get on very well. We endeavour to actively manage and reduce the causes of pressure. There is an ethos of collaboration, informed by researched knowledge, and all decisions are reached by consensus. All duties have always been shared equally and fairly.
The hospital and postgraduate centre
Our nearest district general hospital is situated in Wrexham. We have a good relationship with consultant colleagues. There is an active postgraduate centre and a well established Local Medical Committee.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for a population of around 676,000 people across the six counties of North Wales (Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham) as well as some parts of mid Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.
They are responsible for the operation of three district general hospitals (Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital) as well as 22 other acute and community hospitals, and a network of over 90 health centres, clinics, community health team bases and mental health units. They coordinate the work of 121 GP practices and NHS services provided by North Wales dentists, opticians and pharmacies.
Our previous senior partner worked for the Health Board as GP Clinical Advisor from April 2008 to October 2010 and relationships with staff at the BCUHB have always been good.
Quality of life and the partners’ ambitions for the practice.
The doctors are looking forward to the future with optimism, to continue to provide high quality care for our patients. NHS primary care is and remains our core work, and we also encourage each other’s personal development. We remain very positive about the future of General Practice.
We see the vacancy as an opportunity for a new doctor to join with us to give quality care to our patients. To work closely with the existing partners and to make their mark while developing their own interests.
We consider our partnership in owned premises, offers us clear advantages including mutual support, clinical professionalism and the ability to control our own work. We enjoy the business interest, a high level of independence from external management and take pride in developing our own staff.
The GPs and Practice Manager
To give you an insight into what makes us “tick”, here are short reviews on the doctors and practice manager at Pendre Surgery.
Dr Martin Griffiths MB ChB
Martin joined the practice on April Fool’s day 1994 (!!!) after completing his VTS scheme at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and his medical training at Liverpool University. Martin is local to the area having grown up in Shotton and attended secondary school in Mold.
He currently works 7 to 8 sessions per week at Pendre with no outside commitments. He is lead GP for QOF and IT, maintains the rotas for the doctors and fulfils various organisational duties.
Martin’s interests include live music, trying to play electric and acoustic guitar, DIY, and most importantly the simple pleasures of family life. Martin will be retiring on the 1st February 2019 and is looking forward to spending his time doing all of these things.
Dr Gerry Louw MB ChB
Gerry joined the practice in June 2005. Prior to this he was a full-time partner in a GP practice on the Wirral for 5 years. He trained at the University of Stellenbosch , South Africa, where he qualified in 1991. Before travelling to the UK he trained as SHO in general/trauma surgery and paediatrics.
He arrived in the UK as a locum SHO in A+E in 1994 working in Epsom DGH with the aim of travelling around the UK and Europe. A further 4 years of training in Anaesthetics followed on the Wirral and Chester and he completed his GP registrar training in 1999.
He currently works between 7 to 8 sessions a week in the practice and on average 6 to 8 sessions a month in the local OOH's. He helps lead for prescribing in the practice and his interests include minor surgery, orthopaedics/sports injuries and OOH care.
General interests outside work include outdoor pursuits/walking/hiking with his family and dogs and generally spending most of his free time with them, he enjoys following sports in general and he would like more time to play golf.
Dr Steve Cotton MSc MB ChB MRCGP DTM&H DRCOG DCH DFSRH
Steve was originally attached to the practice as an Academic Fellow before joining as a partner in January 2011. Prior to arriving in North Wales he trained as a GP in the RAF, was a partner and GP trainer in Norfolk and spent 14 months as a full time locum in Avon Medical Care practice New Zealand.
He currently undertakes six clinical sessions each week and helps lead on prescribing. Steve is passionate about the central importance of primary care within the overall health care system in Wales. His interests include prescribing issues, minor surgery, neurology and medical education. He is a GP appraiser and a GP with special interest in neurology working with consultant neurologist Dr David Smith at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Steve’s interests outside work include: his family; novice classical guitar; hill walking and occasional mountain biking.
Dr Emma Poyner MB ChB MRCGP BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences
Emma joined the partnership in October 2012, having qualified as a GP in 2010 from the Wrexham VTS scheme. She had previously worked at Pendre as a locum on occasion, and was drawn to us by the friendly and supportive atmosphere that she experienced here. She qualified from Warwick Medical School having always wanted to work in General Practice. She is the Practice Lead for Diabetes and works within the GP Out of Hours service.
Emma grew up in the area, attended Mold Alun School and has many links with the local community, including her role as Parent Governor at a local primary school. She has two daughters, and so the majority of her free time is now spent playing princesses, visiting zoos or crafts involving glitter!
Dr. Veronika Hlinomazova, MUDr. Prague 1998, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH
Veronika graduated from Charles University of Prague in 1998. She had a keen interest in General Practice even before she graduated, so after her foundation years she joined the vocational training in Prague and achieved her GP qualification in 2002. She became a single handed Principal General Practitioner in a small semi rural practice. Veronika moved to the UK two years later and joined the Queensferry Medical Practice as a Salaried General Practitioner. After three years she joined Bronyffynnon Surgery, a training practice in Denbigh, where she worked as a Salaried General Practitioner for six years. Veronika joined Pendre Surgery as a GP Partner in April 2014.
In her spare time she enjoys cycling with the family. She and her husband have a 7 year old daughter who is a very lively character and keeps them on their toes.
Dr Hannah Owen
Hannah joined the practice as a Salaried GP in October 2014. She qualified from Cardiff Medical School in 2009 and has an interest in palliative care and family planning. She has worked at practices in Buckley and Connah’s Quay and did her hospital based training in the Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Hannah has a full social life and is involved in a number of singing/amateur dramatic groups. She is an animal lover and volunteers at a local animal rescue centre in her free time. However her very own bulldog Percy takes centre stage at home.
Dr Samantha Burton
Sam was welcomed into the practice as a Salaried GP in October 2016. Qualifying from Cardiff University in 2007 she has an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has worked as a Salaried GP and locum in the Wrexham area prior to joining the practice.
Sam enjoys the great outdoors and spends much of her free time mountain walking, running and swimming.
Dr Esyllt Iago
Esyllt locumed for the practice prior to joining in September 2017 as a Salaried GP. She qualified in 2011 from Bristol University.
Esyllt enjoys walking and playing the piano in her spare time.
Mrs Alison Davies Practice Manager
Alison joined the practice in 1999 as Practice Manager. She developed a taste for general practice when she took on a part-time job as a Medical Receptionist in Denbigh whilst bringing up her only child. Alison found the medical environment both interesting and stimulating and subsequently took up the roles of Medical Secretary, Fund-holding Administrator and Registrar, deputising for the Business Manager. After successfully completing a Practice Manager Development Programme she decided to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Management in 1998 and applied to join the practice a year later.
Alison has been with the practice for 19 years because she finds it such a supportive and happy team to work in and because the work is constantly stimulating and challenging. In her personal life Alison enjoys running, gardening and road biking. She has a BSAC qualification in sub aqua diving but after a few near misses feels that some things are best left in the past!
We welcome enquiries to discover more through our practice manager:
Mrs Alison Davies
Flintshire CH7 1SS
Tel: 01352 744381
Closing date for applications: 30th September 2018