Training at Mortimer Surgery

Welcome to Training at Mortimer Surgery

Mortimer Surgery has been a training practice for over 20 years. During that time we have had a steady stream of Doctors, Nurses and Medical Students as learners. We now train Foundation and ST trainees.

The current trainers are Dr Gillian French (Wessex Deanery) and Dr Nick Bradshaw (Oxford Deanery/ Reading VTS). We also have one ex trainer to provide support. We feel the whole practice team is involved in training and supporting learners – all our staff enjoy having Doctors in training around and provide a wide variety of experiences.

The training is varied with a mix of challenge and support. You will be expected to be part of a cohesive, well balanced team. You should learn a lot and have some fun!

Training in both Wessex and Oxford Deaneries means there are often 2 learners in the practice. Protected time is given for tutorials, self directed learning and VTS Day release.

Mortimer is semi-rural practice of 11500 patients. Our surgery is modern, we have expanded several times, and learners have their own consulting rooms.

The patients are a mixture of families, commuters and a stable older population.

The village lies a few miles South of Reading and the M4. There is easy access to the M4 at junction 11, or to the A33 to Basingstoke. The Oracle shopping centre is about 15 minutes by car.

Previous registrars have gone onto become partners in local practices, Salaried GPs and even Ship’s doctors. One of our registrars returned here after 15 years in another practice, he said he always missed us!

For further information please contact either Dr Gill French (Wessex) or Dr Nick Bradshaw (Oxford/Reading)

Feedback from previous Registrars:

"As a trainee at Mortimer you really are encouraged and supported to participate in all aspects of practice life. Clinical support is excellent with a named supervisor for every session. With a daily team coffee break and dedicated training time, there is ample opportunity to discuss challenging cases and difficult surgeries. It doesn't take long before you feel very much a part of this friendly and community-orientated team."
Helen Prince, Registrar - Aug '13 to Aug '14
"Training at Mortimer gave the perfect balance between encouraging me to build on my skills and confidence while still working with fantastic support so I knew there was always help when needed. Every single member of staff was approachable and treated the trainees like one of the team."

Katherine Moir, Registrar - Aug '12 to Feb '13
"I was lucky enough to do my final year of GP training at Mortimer Surgery.  There is a huge emphasis on teaching with regular protected time for tutorials as well as mini clinical tutorials with each of the GP’s within the practice.  There is a strong sense of teamwork at Mortimer with doctors meeting daily to catch up and discuss clinical cases and all of the GP’s are very approachable if you have a concern or need to discuss a patient in surgery.  Despite being a Registrar, I was able to attend weekly practice meetings to discuss wider practice matters.  My views were often taken into account during these meetings, making me feel more part of the team.  I believe this, along with the other opportunities I had at Mortimer (such as helping to develop a new scheme for patients to monitor their own Thyroid Function Tests) enabled me to be successful in acquiring a Partnership at a practice within a different CCG straight after qualifying.  The wider team at Mortimer were all very friendly and always made me feel very welcome too.  After enjoying my year there so much I had the opportunity to go back to Mortimer to spend some time locuming and I snapped it up.  I would strongly recommend Mortimer as a training practice for new Registrars on the GPVTS."

Kerry Angiolini (nee Illing), Registrar - Aug '11 to Aug '12

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