We have a clinical team of 12 Doctors, 1 Advanced Care Practitioner, 4 Practice Nurses, 2 Health Care Assistants and 2 Clinical Pharmacists, who are supported by the patient servcies team, secretaries, pharmacy technician and administration staff to ensure our patients receive safe, high quality care.
We have a focus on education and training as an approved training practice for doctors who aspire to become GPs. We are also an award winning teaching practice for undergraduate medical students and have close links with University of Leeds Medical School.
Our aim is to create a warm and caring environment in which to provide effective, high quality health care services which meet the needs of our patients. We are a forward thinking practice, involved in the development of shared services and working practices that will support new models of care and the provision of quality primary care in the coming years.
The partners work as a non limited partnership providing essential, additional and enhanced services under the General Medical NHS contract to patients who live within our area and who choose to register with us. The partnership holds a contract with NHS Yorkshire & Humber.
We make every effort to make the surgery accessible for all our patients. There is access through the main door to the stairs and lifts. We also have a wheelchair available for use in surgery should one be required.
If you are experiencing hearing difficulties when being called in to see the doctor or nurse, please do let us know in order for us to set up an alert on your medical records and personally collect you from the waiting room. Alternatively, we do have the facility of an induction loop within the building that can be used.
If you require an Interpretor to be availble for your consultation at the Surgery, we can arrange this for you, please speak to our Reception Team prior to your appointment, who can arrange this. We also have a facility on this website to translate the information as required to a language of your choice. If you are unable to read the website we have a facility called Browsealoud which enables you to have the contents of the site read to you.
Education & Training
The Spa Surgery is recognised as a Training Practice by the Royal College of General Practitioners. This means that the Practice is recognised as providing high quality services and we can offer training places to newly qualified doctors who have chosen a career in General Practice.
Dr Carol Wright is a qualified GP Trainer and alongside the other doctors and nurses in the practice provides supervision, education and training to young doctors and medical students.
How Does Someone Train To Be A GP?
Following five years in medical school, the newly qualified doctor has two years ‘Foundation Training’ during which they rotate around different specialties.
We sometimes have a Foundation Year 2 doctor working at Spa Surgery as part of their training.
Following foundation training, doctors can choose to specialise in areas of interest. If they choose to be a GP, they spend the next three years in placements such as paediatrics, psychiatry and general practice. During this time, they must spend a total of 18 months working in surgeries (6 months in their first/second year and 12 months in their third year).
We have one or two GP Registrars at any one time at our surgery. They have on the job teaching, and after surgery discussions and tutorials with their trainer, day release for courses such as family planning, group discussions with other trainees and private study time for their Royal College of General Practitioners examination which will finally qualify them as fully fledged GPs.
We may ask that your consultation is recorded on video for training and quality purposes but please be reassured we will only do this with your express consent. We also help to train nurses who are developing their careers in general practice. We will always tell you if a nurse in training is involved in your care and will ask for your consent for this.
During the academic year we also welcome undergraduate medical students from Leeds University. They are in the early stages of training to become the doctors of the future and will be sitting in with our doctors and practice nurses to gain experience of consultations in primary care. We would be grateful to any patient who has a long-term condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease and is willing to meet the students and allow them to take a medical history and examination. Please let the doctor or receptionist know if you would like to take part.
We are very grateful to patients who agree to help medical students gain their higher qualifications but please note you are not obliged to do so and can ask not to be involved if you so wish.
Mowbray Square Primary Care Network
The Spa Surgery is proud to be one of the 3 surgeries that form Mowbray Square Primary Care Network. We work with our colleagues at East Parade and Park Parade Surgeries to provide quailty health care for the 30,000 patients registered with us.
What is a Primary Care Network (PCN)?
Primary care networks are groups of general practices working together to focus and develop patient care for people living in their area.
How do local PCNs support our patients?
PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve.
We welcome feedback from our patients and we encourage you to join our Patient Participation Group where you can become an active part of guiding the development of our patient services.
Spa Surgery Patient Participation Group
All GP Surgery’s in England have a contractual requirement to have a PPG and it is expected for CQC inspections.
The group should be made up of volunteer patients, senior practice managers and one or more GP’s or clinicians. The group should aim to have a cross-section of patient members and have a patient Chair, Secretary and hold regular meetings - monthly or quarterly and as activity demands. Costs should be funded by the practice.
The practice must engage with the PPG including obtaining patient feedback and, where the practice and PPG agree, will act on suggestions for improvement.
The PPG aims to implement real, positive change in the community. Patients have long valued the relationship with their GP and the practice. However, the dynamics in recent years have changed with patients’ expectations increasing. Patients want more say in their healthcare, are better informed and expect to be treated as whole people, not just as a condition or ailment.
PPG’s have an increasingly important role in helping to give patients a say in the way services are delivered to best meet their needs, and the needs of the local community. The PPG can help GPs to develop an equal partnership with their patients. They can help them to communicate accurately and honestly with individual patients, and with the wider community about key health matters. They can also help to reduce costs and improve services by identifying changes that the practice may not have considered, allowing resources to be used more effectively and efficiently. They can help develop mutually supportive networks for patients and the practice.
Experience shows that successful practices and effective PPG’s go hand in hand.
PPG’s can play a number of roles including:
- Advising the practice on the patient perspective
- Organising health promotion events
- Communicating with the wider patient body
- Running volunteer services and support groups to meet local needs
- Influencing the practice and the wider NHS to improve commissioning
- Carrying out research into the views of those who use the practice (and their carers)
If you would like to join the Spa Surgery PPG, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line PPG, and the Patient Services Manager will be in touch with you.