• St Helens & Knowsley

    St Helens & Knowsley

St Helen's & Knowsley

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.

Allocating Tracks

Allocating Tracks

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 the RCGP Approved Speciality Training Programmes

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

Innovative Training posts

Innovative Training posts

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

Hospital Posts

Hospital Posts

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals 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)

Training Practices

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
http://sthccgfouracre.wixsite.com/four-acre
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
 

Hall Street Medical Centre

Address
Hall Street Medical Centre, 28-30 Hall Street, St Helens, WA10 1DW
Telephone
01744 733113
Website
http://www.hallstreetmedicalcentre.nhs.uk/
GP Trainers
Dr David Reade
 

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
Website
http://www.drjamesandpartners.co.uk/
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
rainbowmedicalcentres.co.uk
GP Trainers
Dr Mike Hanrahan
Dr Rachel Whittle
Dr Susan McNulty
Dr Shanthi Koshy
 

Rainford Medical Centre

Address
Rainford Medical Centre, Higher Lane, Rainford, WA11 8AZ
Telephone
01744 882855
Website
http://www.rainfordhealthcentre.co.uk/
GP Trainers
Dr Jo Lowcock
Dr Ulrich Veltkamp
 

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
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
Dr Faisal Chuhan
 


GP Recruitment

  • GP recruitment is a national process taking place annually.
  • Entry to a programme of training is for three years.
  • All the relevant details can be found at: gprecruitment.hee.nhs.uk
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