Cofton Medical Centre

2 Robinsfield Drive, West Heath, Birmingham, B31 4TU.

0121 693 5777

Cofton Medical Centre is a suburban practice situated between Longbridge and West Heath in South Birmingham

The practice consists of three full-time and one half-time practitioners. The senior partner is Dr Margaret Keighley. The two other full-time partners are Dr Jim Edmunds and Dr Nic Anfilogoff. Dr Mary Fraise is a half-time partner. The practice has a population size of 6,400 patients

The practice is accredited for GP registrar training and Drs Keighley and Anfilogoff are registered OP trainers. The practice is a Birmingham Medical School Firm 1 training practice. It is also a Final Year Student Training practice. All of the GPs are Honorary Clinical Lecturers in the Department of General Practice at Birmingham University.

The practice is based around a single site modem two-storey building, which was completed in 1996 and extended in 1999. Part of the premises consists of a Local Authority Health Visitor Clinic.

The practice has one part-time assistant general practitioner, Dr Kirsty Blackford and three practice nurses, one of whom is a qualified nurse practitioner. There are three health visitors who work within the building. Midwife clinics are also held on the premises. There are two part-time practice counsellors, a part-time practice physiotherapist and visiting chiropodist.

Practice administrative staff includes one full-time practice manager, two part-time secretaries and six receptionists.

The practice has been fully computerised for the last twelve years. Data is entered onto the computer during individual consultations. All prescribing, including repeat prescriptions, is computerised. The system is fully set up for audit.

In addition to eleven consulting rooms the practice has a large library and meeting room, a smaller tutorial room and a staff common room. The practice is equipped with a video camera in order that individual consultations may be recorded for training purposes. We have an ISDN line and full Internet access.

The practice has a long history of involvement with both undergraduate and post- graduate education. We have recently been re-appointed as an OP registrar training practice for a further three years. Following a recent assessment by the Department of General Practice of our Firm 1 teaching we were graded as "excellent" (one of only 4 practices in the West Midlands to receive this grading).

Cofton Medical Centre in many ways represents a typical suburban general practice. Our patient age sex distribution is very close to that of the national average. A registrar will have a good chance to experience the many aspects of primary care within an environment that is well geared to teaching and training. All of the partners are committed to providing a high standard of educational opportunity and the level of service commitment is unlikely to be onerous. The registrar has two tutorials per week and one whole day is set aside for private study. There is no out of hours on call commitment.

Registrars will be able to have their own dedicated consulting room at all times. There will be plenty of opportunity to get involved with home visiting and chronic disease management and to learn about the work of many of the non general practitioner members of the primary health care team. We look forward to welcoming a registrar into an environment which is busy, challenging, stimulating and above all.....friendly!