GP Partner at the Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone, Kent

We are looking for an entrepreneurial GP colleague who wants to help us shape the future of our growing and thriving 3 partner practice (supported by 2 salaried doctors). We offer those challenged by illness warmth, inspiration, courage and excellent clinical care.

Blackthorn Medical Centre is a highly regarded training practice for both GP’s and nurses. We have an excellent and supportive working relationship within the partnership, our wider practice team and with our PCN colleagues.

The practice is well organised and we have developed innovative ways to make General Practice enjoyable and rewarding while reducing work load by training staff to do for instance document handling and medicine management.

One of the partners is clinical director of ABC PCN and we are a successful Covid Vaccination Centre, vaccinating around 1000 patients a week.

We also hold a contract with the Trevor Gibbens Unit, providing GP services to this local medium secure forensic psychiatry inpatient facility.

Blackthorn pioneered patient- centred care as early as the 1980’s, blending conventional medicine with anthroposophic care and with social therapies. From our NHS practice a therapeutic social prescribing facility developed (the Blackthorn Trust Garden and Cafe) helping patients with chronic illness to regain control over their health and life and find ways back to work ( see

Our ‘Falls prevention plus cup of tea’ group, Sleep Clinic and Choir for Wellbeing have temporarily been thwarted by the pandemic but we have started a Long Covid clinic to help those affected. 

The practice is high performing, achieves top QOF targets, has a ‘good’ CQC rating and performs strongly on prescribing with for instance one of the lowest rates of antibiotic prescribing in the CCG.

We offer a supportive work environment and actively encourage ongoing training and career development. An interest or qualification in teaching would be a valuable asset.

We are looking for a partner to ideally take on 6-8 sessions a week. We can be flexible regarding the starting date.

Please contact Dr Saskia Renkema, Senior Partner ,or  Debra Bell, Practice Manager for more information, to arrange an informal visit or to apply with your CV and letter, either by email or post.

Closing date for applications:  30th April 2021

Blackthorn Medical Centre

St Andrews Road, Maidstone, ME16 9AN 

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