Bassett Road Surgery

29 Bassett Road
Leighton Buzzard
Beds, LU7 1AR
T: 01525 373111
F: 01525 853767Website:
Trainer: Dr John HendersonProgramme Director: Dr Tom Davis

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Practice Information

Bassett Road Surgery is a well-established training practice in Leighton Buzzard, a pleasant market town of 53,000 on the Grand Union Canal in South Bedfordshire. We are one of three practices in the town, and have a growing list size of 17,500 and dispense to about 10% of our patients. The practice comprises seven partners and four salaried GPs working from purpose-built premises which have recently been extended and refurbished. We have minor illness nurses and complex needs matrons who work with our more vulnerable patients. In addition we have two clinical pharmacists and a full complement of practice nurses, HCAs, dispensers and phlebotomy staff.

We offer both pre-booked appointments and same day access for our patients. We offer extended hours appointments one day a week for our working population and commuters. The partners and Salaried GPs maintain a wide range of interests, which add an extra dimension to the learning experience.  These include dermatology, ophthalmology, minor surgery, palliative care and services for our homeless and more vulnerable population groups. We also run the special allocations service for both Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. This service looks after patients who have exhibited aggressive, abusive or violent behaviour and have been removed from their usual practice list.

We have been a teaching practice for GP trainees for many years but, more recently, have extended our scope to become a teaching hub for both undergraduate and postgraduate learners. John Henderson is the trainer on the Buckinghamshire training scheme while Chris Longstaff, Elinor Mathieson, Suzie Gill and Claire Evans are trainers on the Milton Keynes scheme. Elinor is also a Programme Director on the MK scheme. Ros Lucy is an undergraduate tutor to medical students from Imperial College Medical School, whilst Nasir Jamal & Laura Lewis are undergraduate tutors for Buckingham Medical School. Sara Drummond, one of our minor illness nurses, is also our Educational Matron responsible for nurse training as well as coordinating staff appraisals. One of our Clinical Pharmacists is a trainer and mentor on the national pharmacy training scheme and all members of the practice team are fully integrated into our educational processes.

Formal teaching sessions for registrars are held every week in protected time and usually take the form of joint surgeries and tutorials. There is also protected time after every surgery for debriefing trainees. Trainees are encouraged to have teaching sessions with other trainers and clinicians to maximise their learning opportunities. We hold daily lunchtime meetings to discuss any complex cases or issues from the morning surgery which all clinicians attend, and have a weekly MDT meeting with our community team.

We often have several GP registrars training in the practice at any one time, often at different stages of their training. In our experience, this very much enhances the registrar learning experience; trainees find learning from each other very valuable. Our more experienced registrars are encouraged to take on an informal support and mentoring role. Tutorials are sometimes held with more than one trainee which can further enhance the learning experience. Having several trainees is also valuable for role playing scenarios, e.g. when leading up to the CSA exam.