Jobs at Somerset Bridge Medical Centre

7 Good Reasons to Join Our Practice

It’s a fun place work!

  1. Supportive team with emphasis on ‘family’ medicine
  2. Ongoing investment in training and career development
  3. Sharing the workload approach – no ‘duty doctor’
  4. Forward thinking and innovative team
  5. Community/patient involvement with social prescribing at the forefront
  6. Good support from a multi-disciplinary practice team plus pcn funded health professionals in ‘arrs’ roles
  7. Flexible hours, competitive remuneration package

Current Vacancies

Join our team as a salaried GP (or partner)

An exciting opportunity to join a friendly, patient-focused practice Partnership in Somerset, located within easy reach of Taunton, Bristol and the beautiful Somerset coast.

The practice is multi-disciplinary, dynamic and innovative. Our focus is patient-centred care with lots of engagement with local community. We really enjoy our work, develop new services regularly, and are involved in training across different professions. We like to ensure our work is sustainable by supporting each other and looking after the health and wellbeing of practice team members. Portfolio careers are actively encouraged and there are potential future partnership opportunities available too.

We have abandoned 'duty doctor' sessions in favour of mutual support. We have lots of expertise within the practice and you will be encouraged and supported in your own areas of special interest.  We have a strong focus on training and development, and we equip our team with the skills and knowledge to be successful.  We are currently looking at new models of working to future proof the practice and manage the changing demands on General Practice. You would play a key role in these decisions and the future shape of the practice.

Social prescribing underpins our work and this is supported by our in-house Health & Wellbeing Coach as well as our Village Agent. We have established a number of patient groups including an active PPG, Walking Group and Gardening Group at the practice.

This is a golden opportunity for both newly qualified GPs or experienced GPs to come and join a forward-looking, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team.

About us

  • Purpose-built premises just off the M5 (junction 24), and sister practice, Redgate Medical Centre, located approximately 1.5 miles away
  • Combined patient list of 12250 patients, mainly young families
  • PMS practice using EMIS web, Accurx, Ardens
  • Practice nurse-led chronic disease management
  • Student nurse training practice with plans to become a GP training practice in the future
  • Friendly administrative support teams including experienced repeat prescription clerks
  • Streamlined document workflow to reduce unnecessary workload
  • On site surgical and contraceptive services (training opportunities available)
  • CQC inspection– overall good rating with areas of outstanding practice identified
  • High QOF achievement and enhanced services
  • Active involvement in our local Primary Care Network and staff working in ARRS roles.

What we can offer

  • Up to 6 sessions per a week (negotiable)
  • BMA model contract
  • A very competitive salary, 6 weeks’ annual leave and 1 week study leave.
  • Medical indemnity fees paid
  • Active support and encouragement to develop own special interests
  • Bi-weekly protected clinical education meeting
  • Daily morning ‘huddle’ and coffee/get-together for all clinicians
  • No OOH but local sessions available

For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit please contact Kathy Bartley, Practice Manager or Dr Donal Hynes, GP partner on 01278 411520.

You can also contact us online.

We would be more than happy to offer a taster session as a Locum GP so you can experience working within our friendly practice team.

 Job Description - Salaried GP

Practice Nurse

The closing date is 07 July 2022


Job summary

The successful candidate will have the ability to work well both as part of a multi-disciplinary team and autonomously. Treatment room skills, such as venepuncture and wound care would be an advantage, along with knowledge of long term conditions management in the community. We are looking for someone who would be willing to undergo additional training (at Diploma level) in areas where skills require development which will be ongoing.

This role is a fantastic opportunity for either an experienced practice nurse or someone in the early stages of their nursing career who wants to develop/extend their treatment room skills before progressing to general practice nurse and long term conditions management


Main duties of the job

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of general practice nursing services care to the practice population. Supported by senior nurses within the practice, they will deliver care within the boundaries of their role, focusing upon supporting patients to be healthy, monitoring of long-term conditions, health prevention and screening activities. They will work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing nurse leadership as required.


About us

All practice staff operate over two purpose built practice sites. The Partnership currently comprises of two full-time GP partners, employing 32 staff. The Partners are currently supported by 4 salaried GPs . We have a team of 5 general practice nurses and 1 Health care Assistant responsible to the Nurse Manager and Advanced Nurse Practitioner.

Ongoing education and development is actively encouraged and supported. The practice has recently worked with Health Education England and Plymouth University to introduce CLiP (Collaborative Learning in Practice) into general practice and hosts students on a regular basis. Redgate and Somerset Bridge were finalists in the 2020 student Nursing Times Awards as student placement of the year.


We pride ourselves on being a supportive and inclusive team who all work well together. We constantly look at ways to improve patient care and are always willing to adapt to new ways of working to achieve this.


Job responsibilities


Summary of Post

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of general practice nursing services care to the practice population. Supported by senior nurses within the practice, they will deliver care within the boundaries of their role, focusing upon supporting patients to be healthy, monitoring of long-term conditions, health prevention and screening activities. They will work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing nurse leadership as required.

Communication & Working Relationships:

Doctors, nurses, Allied Professional Staff, ie District Nurses, Health Visitors

and Midwifes, Patients, administrative staff, other health professionals, Health& Social Care

Key Responsibilities


Assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate programmes to promote health and well-being, and prevent adverse effects on health and well-being

Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients with a known long-term condition

Identify, and manage as appropriate, treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition

Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care

Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that encourage patients to live healthily, and apply principles of self-care

Deliver opportunistic health promotion using opportunities such as new-patient medicals

Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side effects and interactions

Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote patients to live healthily, and encourage principles of self-care

Assess and care for patients presenting with uncomplicated wounds

Support and advise women requesting information relating to family planning needs

Support and manage health needs of women presenting for cervical cytology consultations

Recognise, assess and refer patients presenting with mental health needs in accordance with the National Framework (NSF) for Mental Health

Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children

Advise, support and, where appropriate, administer vaccinations for patients travelling abroad

Promote and deliver evidence-based care for patients presenting with aural conditions

Assist senior practitioners in providing minor-surgery sessions


  • Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment
  • Communicate with and support patients who are receiving bad news
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers, recognising the need for alternative methods of communication to overcome different levels of understanding, cultural background and preferred ways of communicating
  • Utilise communication skills to support patients to adhere to prescribed treatment regimens
  • Anticipate barriers to communication and take action to improve communication
  • Estimate and maintain effective communication with individuals and groups within the practice environment external stakeholders
  • Act as an advocate when representing the patients and colleagues viewpoints to others

Delivering a quality service

  • Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality
  • Deliver care according to the NSF and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and evidence-based care
  • Assess effectiveness of care delivery through self and peer review, benchmarking and formal evaluation
  • Participate in the maintenance of quality governance systems and processes across the organisation and its activities
  • Utilise the audit cycle as a means of evaluating the quality of the work of self and the team, implementing improvements where required
  • In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate on improving the quality of health care, responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate
  • Evaluate the patients response to health care provision and the effectiveness of care
  • Support and participate in shared learning across the practice and wider organisation
  • Participate in the management, review and identify learning from patient complaints, clinical incidents and near-miss events utilising a structured framework (eg root-cause analysis)
  • Participate in the performance monitoring review of the team, providing feedback as appropriate
  • Understand and apply legal policy that supports the identification of vulnerable and abused children and adults, being aware of statutory child/vulnerable adult health procedure and local guidance

Work within policies relating to domestic violence, vulnerable adults, substance abuse and addictive behaviour, and refer as appropriate

Team Working

  • Understand own role and scope in the organisation and identify how this may develop over time
  • Work as an effective and responsible team member, supporting others and exploring the mechanisms to develop new ways of working
  • Delegate clearly and appropriately, adopting the principles of safe practice and assessment of competence of those taking on delegated duties
  • Ensure clear understanding and utilisation of referral mechanisms within the practice
  • Accept delegation from other nurses, prioritise own workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded in own practice
  • Work effectively with others to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care delivery Participate in team activities that create opportunities to improve patient care

Participate in and support local projects as agreed with the practice management team

Management of Risk

  • Manage and assess risk within the areas of responsibility, ensuring adequate measures are in place to protect staff and patients
  • Monitor work areas and practices to ensure they are safe and free from hazards and conform to health, safety and security legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Ensure safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs is undertaken. Where appropriate, oversee the monitoring, stock control and documentation of controlled drug usage according to legal requirements
  • Undertake mandatory and statutory training
  • Apply infection control measures within the practice according to local and national guidelines
  • Apply policies that reduce environmental health risks, are culturally sensitive and increase access to health care for all

Utilising Information

  • Use technology as an aid to management in planning, implementation and monitoring, presenting and communicating information
  • Review and process data using accurate Read codes about patients in order to ensure easy and accurate retrieval for monitoring and audit processes
  • Manage information searches using the internet and local library databases, for example, the retrieval of relevant information for patients on their condition

Understand own and others responsibility to the individual organisation regarding the Freedom of Information Act

Learning and Development

Disseminate learning and information gained to other team members in order to share good practice and inform others about current and future developments

Assess own learning needs and undertake learning as appropriate

Make effective use of learning opportunities within and outside the workplace, evaluating their effectiveness and feeding back relevant information

Provide an educational role to patients, carers, families and colleagues in an environment that facilitates learning

Equality and Diversity

Identify patterns of discrimination, take action to overcome this, and promote diversity and quality of opportunity

Enable others to promote equality and diversity in a non-discriminatory culture

Support people who need assistance in exercising their rights

Monitor and evaluate adherence to local chaperoning policies

Act as a role model in good practice relating to equality and diversity

Accept the rights of individuals to choose their care providers, participate in care and refuse care. Assist patients from marginalised groups to access quality care

Mandatory Training Requirements

  • Corporate Induction
  • Fire Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Resuscitation/Defibrillation/Anaphylaxis
  • Manual Handling
  • Confidentiality
  • Complaints Procedure

Employees must take reasonable care, and be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.


Person Specification



  • Experience of infection prevention and control measures


  • Experience of working in a primary care environment
  • Experience of working as a practice nurse or community nurse
  • Experience of chronic disease management

Other Requirements


  • Flexibility to work outside of core office hours
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational health clearance
  • Access to own transport and business car insurance
  • NMC registration

Personal Qualities


  • Polite and confident
  • Flexible and co-operative
  • Motivated
  • Problem solver with the ability to process information accurately and effectively, interpreting data as required
  • High levels of integrity and loyalty
  • Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations
  • Ability to work under pressure/in stressful situations
  • Effectively able to communicate and understand the needs of the patient
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Effectively utilises resources
  • Punctual and committed to supporting the team effort

Other Skills


  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong IT skills
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • Effective time management (planning and organising)
  • Ability to work as a team member and autonomously
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to follow clinical policy and procedure


  • Knowledge/previous experience of EMIS web clinical system
  • Experience with audit and able to lead audit programmes
  • Experience with clinical risk management



  • Registered General Nurse


  • Post graduate diploma or degree (Primary Care)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

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