St Helen's & Knowsley - Mersey GP Speciality Training (2023)

St Helens & Knowsley are two adjoining, vibrant towns about 6 miles apart in the exciting north west of England. They are both extremely well served by motorway and rail connections, with Liverpool only 20 minutes away and the centre of Manchester around 30 minutes by car. Liverpool’s John Lennon International Airport is also in close proximity.

Housing and Schools

St Helens has a varied and growing residential sector – ranging from town centre apartments to urban villages and executive rural homes. There is also a good choice of property stock to rent.
Meanwhile, schools in the borough continually obtain strong exam results and have been experiencing year on year growth in performance levels.

Abundantly green and well connected, Knowsley is a great place to set up home. From traditional properties to contemporary apartments; rural villages to modern developments, the range of available homes means that there is something to suit all preferences and budgets. The area also has a great selection of well-regarded schools to suit all ages and faiths.

Tracks

Currently, GP training comprises of 18 months in primary care and 18 months in hospital posts.

Where possible we like you to experience a 6 month GP post early in your training. This is to help you focus on what you would wish to get out of your hospital attachments.

When you have been successful in your application to come to the St Helens & Knowsley Scheme you will be contacted by Dr Peter Johnson, the Training Programme Director for that area. He will ask you to name your ideal 4 hospital posts to enhance your GP training. You may consider your previous experience when describing this – more weight would be attached to post-foundation experience.

Dr Johnson will then try as much as possible, with the hospital posts available to him, to match your request. If there are not enough posts available in a particular speciality then priority will be given to the person with the higher recruitment score. We do our best when matching preferences.

You may be eligible for accreditation of transferable competencies. To qualify, you must be transferring into general practice from one of theRCGP Approved Speciality Training Programmes

If you intend to apply for less than full time training, you would need to apply formally using theHENW website.

Innovative Training Posts (ITPs) are an option offering exposure to and experience in other environments whilst continuing to work in General Practice. Fifty percent of the working week is in General Practice and the rest in the ITP. Out of hours (OOH) and formal assessments will continue during these posts. In St Helens and Knowsley we have the following ITP Posts available: Palliative Care – Based at Willowbrook Hospice and Elderly Care – Based at Sherdley Medical Centre

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

St Helens and Knowsley TeachingHospitals NHS Trust provides a full range of acute healthcare services across two sites, at Whiston and St Helens hospitals, including inpatient, outpatient, maternity and emergency services. The Mersey Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit is also located at Whiston Hospital, providing treatment for over 4 million people across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

With a workforce of over 7,000, dedicated to providing the best possible care, staff are guided by the Trust’s vision to provide ‘5 star patient care’, striving to meet the best standards of professional care whilst being sensitive and responsive to the needs of individual patients.

The trust’s latest achievements include:

  • Best Patient Experience in the NHS (CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2015)
  • Best in the NHS in the Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment (PLACE 2014 and 2015)
  • Cancer services rated 4th best in the country by Macmillan Cancer Support 2014
  • Ranked one of the highest in the country for extremely positive feedback received from patients (Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked highest in Cheshire and Merseyside for staff recommending the hospitals for the care of their friends and relatives (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England)
  • Ranked in the top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal 2014 and 2015)
  • Top in the North West and 7th nationally for staff recommending the Trust as a place to work (Staff Friends and Family Test, NHS England 2014

Job Opportunities

There are positions currently available for doctors in the following posts:

  • General Adult Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry – Later Life and Memory Services
  • Accident and Emergency
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Palliative Care – GP and Willowbrook Hospice (Innovative Training Post) – Note, this is not based at the hospital
  • Elderly Care – Sherdley Medical Centre (Mixed Innovative Training Post)

St Helen’s Training Practices

Four Acre Health Centre

Address: Four Acre Health Centre, Burnage Avenue, Clock Face, St Helens, WA9 4QB
Telephone: 01744 819884
Website: https://fouracrehealthcentre.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Tatiana Tchikhiaeva

Central Surgery

Address: Central Surgery, Lowe House Resource Health Centre, St Helens
Telephone: 01744 627660
Website: http://www.centralsurgerysthelens.nhs.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Zaineb Razzak

Garswood Surgery

Address: Garswood Surgery, Billinge Road, Garswood, Lancashire, WN4 0XD
Telephone: 01744 621670
Website: http://www.garswoodsurgery.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr David Lawson, Dr Helen Parr

Haydock Medical Centre

Address: Haydock Medical Centre, Station Road, Haydock, St Helens, WA11 0JN
Telephone: 01744 624360
Website: http://www.drbreachandpartners.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Martin Breach

Dr James and partners

Address: Dr James and partners, 102 Market Street, Newton le Willows, WA12 9BP
Telephone: 01925 221457
GP Trainers: Dr Zaheer Hussain, Dr Greg Booth

Mill Street Practice

Address: Mill Street Practice, 2 Mill Street, St Helens, WA10 2BD
Telephone: 01744 624810
Website: http://www.millstreetmedicalcentre.co.uk
GP Trainers: Dr Simon Hargreaves, Dr Vanessa Woodcock

Rainbow Medical Centre

Address: Rainbow Medical Centre, 333 Robins Lane, Sutton, St Helens, WA9 3PN
Telephone: 01744 811211
Website: https://www.rainbowmedicalcentres.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Mike Hanrahan, Dr Rachel Whittle, Dr Susan McNulty, Dr Shanthi Koshy

The Spinney Medical Centre

Address: The Spinney Medical Centre, 23 Whittle Street, Toll Bar, St Helens,
Telephone: 01744 758999
Website: http://www.spinneymedicalcentre.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Claire Clarke, Dr Clare Fletcher, Dr Sue Hyde, Dr Mike Van Dessel, Prof. Steve Cox

Knowsley Training Practices

Dinas Lane Medical Centre

Address: Dinas Lane Medical Centre, 149 Dinas Lane, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 2NW
Telephone: 0151 489 2298
Website: http://www.dinaslanemc.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Adit Jain

Manor Farm PCRC

Address: Manor Farm PCRC, Aston Healthcare, Manor Farm Road, Huyton, L36 0UB
Telephone: 0151 480 1244
Website: http://www.astonhealth.com/?q=care/surgeries/manor-farm
GP Trainers: Dr Aftab Hossain

Newton Medical Centre

Address: 1 Belvedere Road, newton le Willows, WA12 0JJ
Telephone: 01744 624 885
Website: https://www.ssphealth.com/our-practices/newton-medical-centre
GP Trainers: Dr Adeeko Olekayodo

Prescot Medical Centre

Address: Prescot Medical Centre, Sewell Street, Prescot, L34 1ND
Telephone: 0151 426 5277
Website: http://www.prescotmedicalcentre.nhs.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Dawn Heath, Dr Fancesco de Giovanni, Dr Barnaby Finlayson

Southdene PCRC

Address: Southdene PCRC, Bewely Drive, Kirkby, L39 7LE
Telephone: 0151 526 5818
Website: http://www.southdenesurgery.co.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Mohan Segar, Dr Mike Merriman

Stockbridge Village Health Centre

Address: Stockbridge Village Health Centre, Waterpark Drive, Stockbridge Village, L28 1ST
Telephone: 0151 489 9924
Website: https://www.stockbridgevillagehealthcentre.nhs.uk/
GP Trainers: Dr Phil Jones, Dr Sushma Sekhar, Dr Paul Rigby, Dr Shelia Hinton

Wingate Medical Centre

Address: Wingate Medical Centre, Northwood, Kirkby L33 6YJ
Telephone: 0151 546 2958
Website: wingatemedicalcentre.co.uk
GP Trainers: Dr Paul Morris, Dr Chris Mimnagh

Sherdeley Medical Centre

Address: Sherdeley Medical Centre, St Helens Hospital, St Helens, WA9 6DA
Telephone: 01744 624806
Website: sherdleymedicalcentre.co.uk
GP Trainers: Michael Van Dessel, Simon Hargreaves

Camberley Medical Centre

Address: Camberley Medical Centre, Camberley Drive, Halewood, Liverpool L25 9PS
Telephone: 0151 486 1178
Website: Camberly Medical Centre
GP Trainers: Michael Van Dessel, Simon Hargreaves

St Helen’s

St Helen’s is Located midway between Liverpool and Manchester, St Helens is a good base from which to explore the whole of the North West and beyond.

The biggest St Helens attraction in every sense is Dream – the iconic 20-metre high internationally significant artwork by artist Jaume Plensa, situated on top of Sutton Manor overlooking the M62.

Sports enthusiasts can experience the excitement of premier year-round horseracing at Haydock Park Racecourse or enjoy action-packed rugby.

Located 11 miles to the east of Liverpool and 23 miles from the centre of Manchester and, having been significantly regenerated in the last 30 years, is now one of the finest towns in the North West. With its mix of glorious countryside, vibrant town centre culture and entertainment, first class sport and a year-round calendar of speciality events, St. Helens has something for everyone.

The town has direct access to the M6 and M62 motorways. Furthermore, a recent Virgin Money survey identified St. Helens as the most car friendly conurbation in the whole region – a significant accolade.

St Helens is also served by two main railway lines with excellent connections to neighbouring towns and further afield. In addition, Manchester Airport is equally accessible.

St Helens was created in the early 19th century and was at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. Due to the availability of sand and coal, the glass industry became an integral part of the local community. To this day, the large Pilkington plant is a still a major employer in the town.

It is also known for having one of the most splendid railway station façades in England.

But St Helens has its sights very much on the future. Victoria Square, the location of the imposing Victorian Town Hall, has been pedestrianised and the Theatre Royal has undergone renovation with the inclusion of a glass exterior. The St Helens Canal has been cleaned up, now attracting a plethora of wildlife.The St Helens Transport Museum, opened originally in 1980, has also been redeveloped.

The town of St Helens is a popular shopping centre – with three indoor malls and a great selection of retail stores. Over the last ten years, the town has really become known for its nightlife, with new bars and quality restaurants opening up, attracting people from far and wide.

For sports fans, the town is famous for being home to one the most successful Rugby League sides in the country, the Saints, and there is also top class horse racing at nearby Haydock Park.

In terms of places to visit, St Helens’ biggest attraction – literally – is Dream, the iconic 20-metre high internationally significant artwork by artist Jaume Plensa, situated on top of Sutton Manor, overlooking the M62.

Delve into the borough’s unique heritage at the multi-award winning attraction, The World of Glass, or visit the fascinating North West Museum of Road Transport with its extensive collection of vintage road vehicles.

Those looking for a more cultural experience can take in a performance at the Theatre Royal or visit the Citadel Arts Centre, voted by the Independent as one of the UK’s top 10 jazz and blues venues.

Knowsley

Knowsley offers visitors a unique experience, from wildflowers to wildebeests. Easily reached from Liverpool city centre by train or by car along the M57, the borough is home to award-winning, spectacular attractions.

Spend a day at Knowsley Safari Park; where else in Liverpool city region can you spend a day with lions and tigers or watch a sea lion show? You can also go wild on the world’s biggest urban high ropes adventure course.

Knowsley is superbly connected to the north west motorway network, easily reached from Liverpool city centre by train or by car along the M57. A place full of opportunity, the borough has a population of around 140,000 and is within easy access of a wide variety of work, entertainment, leisure, shopping and cultural opportunities.

With two thirds of the area being green space, Knowsley has its share of award-winning parks which has helped create an attractive, safe and clean environment in which to live and work.

Home to the famous Knowsley Hall and Safari Park, the town has a proud industrial and manufacturing heritage and is a well-established home for internationally successful businesses and big brand names like Jaguar Land Rover, Matalan and QVC.

With access to good schools and job opportunities and with a variety of shopping and leisure facilities, it really is a place that people can call ‘home’. Knowsley’s neighbourhoods offer a warm welcome to new residents and there is a great sense of community, with plenty of year-round activities and events in which to become immersed.

The Safari Park is a major attraction in the area. It’s certainly the only place in the Liverpool city region where can you spend a day with lions and tigers. If you have a head for heights, why not try the world’s biggest urban high ropes adventure course.

Animals of a tamer nature can be found at nearby Acorn Farm, which also boasts two children’s play areas, a sensory garden and a woodland walk.

Alternatively, Knowsley provides challenging off-road driving days at LandRover Experience, a purpose-built course where you can be put through your paces under the guidance of one of the centre’s experts.

If peace and tranquillity are your preferences, then Knowsley’s parks and open spaces are a must and The National Wildflower Centre is the perfect place to reconnect with nature.

Being on the doorstep of Liverpool and Manchester, Knowsley also offers up an alluring selection of lifestyle choices. From a day shopping in city centre boutiques or department stores, to an evening at the theatre; from dinner at a top quality restaurant to a visit to one of the many museums and galleries in the area; or how about a day trip to the North West’s wonderful coastline – the choice is endless. Added to this, there’s the opportunity to watch Premiership football, championship golf or a day at the races – all within easy travelling distance.

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