Work for Us
Also known as the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world and boasts an abundance of parks, great architecture and museums, surrounded by beautiful countryside.
The city is well connected, with great road and rail connections to London, Banbury, Bicester, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Reading and Swindon.
There is an excellent range of housing, schools, shops, sporting facilities and other public amenities within easy commute to the practice. The practice is on a cycling route offering easy access to the city centre and the patient catchment area.
Hollow Way Medical Centre is a well-established, inclusive and progressive practice located in Cowley, in South East Oxford, based in modern purpose-built premises owned by the partners. We have a well-tended adjoining garden and an attached pharmacy. We are a six partner, GMS (General Medical Services) training practice with a list size of just over 9000 patients. The practice population is a stimulating mix of patients ranging across the socioeconomic groups from older patients who have been registered with us for many years, to an increasingly younger population and young families, with diverse professional, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
Our practice is welcoming and friendly, a characteristic that is regularly mentioned by visitors.
We strive to build on all that is good about ‘traditional’ General Practice with exciting and innovative ideas that benefit the communities we serve and support. We have a strong track record on training and mentoring both clinical and non-clinical staff, and place great emphasis on team development and cross-practitioner learning.
We are committed to high quality care; we score consistently high Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) achievement, we are rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission, we perform well in local prescribing reviews, we have an average score of 9/10 in 67 ‘I Want Great Care ratings’ and we receive few patient complaints.
We are well-represented in Oxfordshire CCG, the local Federation (OxFed), and are an active member of our local PCN (SEOxHA).
We recognise that life in General Practice can be challenging and stressful, and we are committed to staff wellbeing.
- Weekly yoga with a fully qualified teacher
- Daily team lunches
- Practice learning
- Morning huddle meetings
- Regular social events
- More formal feedback and development through staff appraisals
Our surgery facilities include:
- Private cycle parking
- Staff room
- Library/meeting room
- Kitchen - coffee always on
We are always looking to bring new ideas and innovations to our work. Recent examples include:
- High quality nurse-led chronic disease management
- Excellent clinical administration team
- Adoption of new technologies and practices – email, video and phone consultations, accuRx
- Reception-led signposting to practice-based and external patient services
- MIND well-being worker
- Benefits in Practice support
- Visiting Drug and Alcohol worker with close collaboration to promote physical well-being and monitor safeguarding issues
- parkrun practice
- Effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic aiming to keep patients and staff safe but still maintaining good quality services including those to vulnerable patients
- Group consultations, a new initiative that aims to the realise the potential of patients to use their own expertise and to be fully involved in the management of their own health
Who We Are Looking For?
We invite applications from anyone who shares our vision of primary care, regardless of level of experience.
Our ideal candidate will have initiative, passion for their work, be a good team player, and have a sense of humour.
Informal conversations and a practice visit to meet the team are welcome and indeed encouraged.
To arrange your visit, please contact our Practice Manager, Daniel Freeman.
We look forward to meeting you.
What Can We Offer You?
We provide an induction package to orientate you, give you the opportunity to sit in with a range of members of staff to help you learn about us (and us about you!) and provide time to allow you to become acclimatised to what we do and how we do it, with support from a named mentor during your initial period of bedding in at the practice.
When you have settled in we will encourage you to take responsibility for a clinical area with the aim of keeping our practice up to date, identifying practice learning needs and leading in practice learning events, and maintaining and monitoring our level of clinical care and QOF achievement.
If you have a particular area of special interest we will make every effort to help you develop this both within the practice and if appropriate within the PCN.
We will give you the opportunity to participate in training our GP registrars, and help mentor other members of clinical and non-clinical team.