Learning with Beacon Primary Care

We are really pleased to have you join our team. We are quite a large practice, but everyone is VERY FRIENDLY and KEEN TO HELP YOU. To get the most out of this placement YOU need to make contact and shadow as many of the team members as you can. Everyone is keen to teach you and from the front desk to the operating theatre you will gain useful knowledge.
We all want your experience of training with us to be great, so here are a couple of basic pointers.

Feel free to ask— while a lot of basic info is here in the booklet, asking is the only way you will learn about the nitty gritty of our practice 
There is no such thing as a stupid question. 
If we don’t know the answers, we will try to point you in the right direction. 

We want to help you learn in a way that you will be able to continue for the rest of your career. We believe that adults learn best when:
They are treated with respect
The topic under study is relevant to their needs, builds on and extends their previous experience
They are actively involved in planning the teaching/learning
The new knowledge/skills can be put into practice straight away
There are opportunities for reflection, and feed back on performance is available, constructive and timely.

We will attempt to use our resources to best achieve your learning needs.

For example:
Learning need Most appropriate resources
Facts, knowledge Books, lectures, research literature, internet
Skills, “how to” Modelling, apprenticeship
Attitudes, opinion Groups, tutorials
Self-awareness Groups, tutorials
Support Groups, tutorials, informal contact
Learning is most effective when the teaching takes account of your prior level ofproficiency in the subject under study and your preferred learning style. So thatwe can get this right, we will show you how to use some self-assessment tools, and some tools to look at how you learn best in your introductory weeks.

The Live surgery

Live patients with real problems booked in with you at the front line --- is it bronchitis, is it a pulmonary embolism? What do I do? When do I see them again.
Your chance to prove you are a proper Doc!

Our first priority is the safety of the patients, thus before you have a live surgery we will need to assess:

Communication skills

Background knowledge.

Clinical competence.

Your ability to handle the information system

First Steps

Before you arrive:

  • Make sure you have photo ID from your educational establishment

  • Phone the practice 01695 73600 ask for the student coordinator.

  • Email your tutor (email address on medlea for Manchester Students)

  • Go through the website and find out a little about us.

  • Print out the checklist.

Your first day:

  • Set off early.

  • Arrive at Sandy Lane first.

  • Present yourself to reception.

  • You may have already made alternative arrangements with your tutor, which is fine.

  • Show your ID and ask to speak to Mrs Foster.

All Learners
Geographic Orientation
We work across 3 sites, so will you.
All Learners
Contacting the practice
there are dedicated lines for 3 sites -- get to know these.
Practice Manager
All Learners
Fill in the induction proforma
So we have a record of you and about you.
Practice Manager
All Learners
Get to know your tutor
Makes life easier
Your Tutor
All Learners
Get to know the practice manager
The lynch pin
Practice Manager
Medical and Nursing students
Get to know the other GPs
You will work with them all at some point
See website
All Learners
Get to know the Lead Nurse
A wealth of inside knowledge.
Sue Hill
All Learners
Get to know who does what
You can tailor your learning.
Your Tutor
All Learners
Complete Honey and Mumfords learning style questionnaire and ask for help.
This is the best way we can find out how you learn and hopefully tailor teaching. And its fun!
Print out link
GP, medical students, nursing students, physician associates, pharmacists
Arrange a Network Logon form
You cant do anything on the computers without it.
Melanie Tweedle
GP, medical students, nursing students, physician associates, pharmacists
Arrange Network training.
This is Vital �to learn about network resources and safety.
Melanie Tweedle
GP, medical students, nursing students, physician associates, pharmacists
Arrange Clinical System training.
We are computerised so.. no training no logon -- no logon no notes, no notes no clinical contact.
Dr Bonsor
GP, medical students, nursing students, physician associates, pharmacists
Get an EMIS Password
You need this to consult alone.
Practice Manager
All Learners
Learn about PRODIGY and Web mentor -- electronic clinical decision support tools
Its like having a live professor of medicine with you all the time. You get to catch us out!
Your Tutor
All Learners
Fill in your University learning assessment questions (PETA etc)
This is a requirement and directs your learning
Your Tutor


So you have decided that you want to pursue a career in medicine? Congratulations on making the first step – obtaining work experience or shadowing within a general practice surgery.  Medical Schools can award extra points to applicants who have some work experience this does not necessarily have to be in a GP surgery but could be in a nursing home or hospice or indeed any type of voluntary work.  We have designed this booklet for school pupils who like you have been accepted or are seriously thinking about applying to medical school.  It contains some useful contact details, university information and also guidance on work observation, on ethics and confidentiality and how you should conduct yourself during your observation.

Becoming a Doctor

It is up to each university to satisfy themselves that each entrant has the academic attainment and attitudinal abilities necessary to benefit from the course.
Medicine is a rewarding career path; however, being a Doctor involves a lifetime of learning, both formally and informally.  Doctors have to update their knowledge and skills throughout their careers.  In terms of the training period at present, it can take up to 12 years to progress within structured training – from studying medicine at undergraduate level to being appointed as a Senior Doctor (hospital Consultant); GP status may be obtained in 10 years.

Your Responsibilities

In general you are expected to be polite and courteous to all staff and patients alike, much as you would be expected to do at school. You will also have some additional responsibilities while on your placement.
It is your responsibility to ensure that:
    You understand that patient confidentiality must be maintained at all times.
    You take care of yourself and others.
    You respect the privacy and dignity of all patients.
    You co-operate fully with any member of practice staff.
    You do not interfere with anything provided for your safety.

You are expected to behave as a responsible adult at all times. You should be aware that inappropriate behaviour may result in you being asked to leave at any point during your placement.

Dress Code

It is important that you look smart for the duration of your placement. Use common sense when deciding what to wear. The following information is given as guidance but if you are unsure it is important that you discuss this with your practice contact before arriving at work.
    Trainers or flat shoes.
    Shirt or jumper or smart sweatshirt.
    Smart trousers in good repair. Female observers may wear a knee length skirt which is not too tight.
    Jeans are not allowed. 


Click on the PDF file below to download the full student placement pack, this contains any paperwork you need to complete before starting with us

Pre University placements


We now work in partnership with Edge Hill University and the University of Central Lancashire to deliver training for student nurses our nominated mentor is Sue Hill.

Clinical Data

This is held on the EMIS clinical system, document management is separate.
You will need training in how to use the systems prior to use.

Inaccurate data costs.....

Contact point: Dr Bonsor / Dr Biswas

Without exposure to primary care practise settings, students may not develop awareness of, and appreciation for autonomous nursing roles and the potential nursing careers available to them. This is important to encourage ongoing recruitment into the expanding primary health care nursing workforce.

We aim to make your exposure to primary care rewarding and we hope to see you back.

Remember you are welcome to attend our clinical meetings on alternate Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 0800 and our Monthly practice meetings.

If you have a particular interest that you wish to foster within a Primary Care setting please speak to your Mentor, we will help wherever we can.

Student Nurses


The Network

This is the backbone that carries information between the three sites and the server which is hosted by Lancashire Commisisoning Support Unit.
The Network is managed by the Commisisoning Support Unit, in order to be granted network access, you will be required to spend 1/2 day training.

Contact point: Jenni Nicholls

Access to the network will allow you to access email and web access.




Clinical Data

This is held on the EMIS clinical system, document management is separate.
You will need training in how to use the systems prior to use.

Inaccurate data costs.....

Contact point: Dr Bonsor / Dr Biswas

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