From time to time we also employ locum doctors, who are fully qualified GPs and who are registered on the Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group Performers List.
Teaching and Training
St Paul’s Medical Centre is a designated training practice for qualified doctors who are in the first (ST1), second (ST2) and final (ST3) years of their specialist training to become GPs. Their placements last for either six or twelve months, usually commencing in early August, and these doctors play a very active role in the life of the practice.
We are also a designated practice for teaching doctors who are in their second year after graduation (known as FY2). We will tell you if your appointment is with an FY2 doctor, or if they will be present during your consultation with your doctor/nurse. If you prefer to see your GP/nurse privately, please let us know. It will not cause offence.
‘Named’ or ‘usual’ GP
Every patient has a ‘named’ or ‘usual’ GP who is responsible for overseeing that patient’s care. Often this is the doctor the patient registered with, but we can easily change the named GP to the doctor you prefer, whether a partner or a salaried GP. Regardless of who your named GP is, you are still welcome to consult with any available doctor at the practice. Your named GP is given on your routine repeat prescription forms, however you can also check by asking the receptionist next time you contact the surgery. If you wish to change your named GP, simply let us know and we will make the arrangements.
GPs Pay April 16/March 17
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in St Paul’s Medical Centre in the last financial year was £76,171 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 5 full time GPs and 1 part time GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.