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GP Opportunity (up to 8 sessions) - The Meadows Surgery, Ilminster

Meadows Surgery
Ilminster, Somerset
Competitive, based on experience
Closing date
20 Jun 2023
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GP, Salaried GP
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

This position is for up to 8 GP sessions per week. We are looking for a clinician to join our committed team and support us in achieving ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating. This is an exceptional opportunity for individuals seeking leadership opportunities, as we would support the successful candidate in becoming Clinical Lead within the practice. Symphony welcomes and supports newly qualified GPs by providing a GP Mentorship Scheme and supporting the NHS GP Fellowship Scheme so that you hit the ground running.

Ilminster - Our Practice & Town

The Meadows Surgery has been an established practice for many years, previously operating as North Street Surgery, as the practice grew, the team adapted to the ever-growing population of Ilminster and moved to their new premises around 12 years ago. Our innovative team thrive off of change and we are constantly looking for new trials and treatments to provide our patients with the best care possible. We are actively involved in our PCN and currently offer our site for PCN staff to use, which gives them a sense of involvement in our practice. We promote our Village Agent, Health Coach and new Occupational Therapist. We’re also part of Symphony, the largest GP provider in Somerset so benefit from the experience and learning across a network of 20 practices.

We can offer the best of both worlds – a friendly practice in in a semi-rural market town location, yet with the support of a network of practices behind you so you can concentrate on patient care. Intrigued? Please read on…

Our transport links are great - we are located just east of the junction of the A303, making travel to London, Bristol, Exeter and Bath easy. And Bristol, Bournemouth, Southampton and Exeter International Airport links Somerset to the world.

Ilminster is an attractive and peaceful town, boasting a variety of shops, cafes and a theatre. The county town of Taunton is less than a 30 minute drive away and has much to offer, including diverse shopping, restaurants, and regularly hosted international music and sporting fixtures. There are also a number of excellent private and state schools in close proximity.

The role

You would undertake all the clinical duties associated with a GP working in primary care, without the responsibilities and risks associated with being a partner. We can offer opportunities from salaried through to employed and consultant level GP posts depending on your experience and the level of responsibility you take on at the practice.

All GPs working for us are paid as Employees, unlike Partners, which means less risk for you and more time to focus on patient care. We put patients first, with our Employed and Consultant GPs working flexibly according to need, so contributing to areas such as QOF, QI, training and research projects providing a huge amount of variety to the role. However, our Salaried GPs have a clearly defined job plan setting out the hours of work and responsibility and tasks associated with the role.

Through annual appraisal, we encourage career development and progression and are keen to support GPs who wish to extend their role, or have specialist skills which can be utilised in primary care. We recognise that some GPs will wish to stay salaried, and some will wish to assume more responsibility once they have found their feet and aspire to Employed or Consultant roles.

About Symphony Healthcare Services

Symphony Healthcare Services was established in 2016 as part of the award-winning Symphony Programme Vanguard, developing new models of care.  We now support 20 practices across Somerset (including one in Devon) providing care for 120,000 patients.

Symphony has developed a model where each practice is encouraged to operate autonomously, but as a subsidiary of Yeovil Hospital and with the backing and economies of scale from a central support team (particularly for HR and strategic management matters).

Providing NHS services is at the heart of what we do.  Our vision is to ensure that primary care is sustainable for patients and practices in Somerset, and we aim to be a national exemplar for primary care provision.  We work closely with our practice teams to support, develop and transform patient care and working practices with innovation and technology at the heart of what we do. We also work hard to make sure primary care has a loud voice in Somerset.

The Meadows Surgery joined Symphony Healthcare Services in 2018. By working at scale in primary care in Somerset we can offer you the opportunity to develop specialist skills in the areas of clinical management, training or leadership with the support of a larger organisation to develop your GP career.


So that our GPs achieve the work/life balance they deserve, and are rewarded for their skills and experience, and flourish as individuals, we offer:

  • flexible roles and working options
  • support for those with specialist skills and experience
  • a Mentorship Scheme for newly qualified GPs who will be supported by an experienced GP mentor
  • car lease scheme
  • cycle to work scheme
  • attractive relocation support
  • freedom to join our new in house GP locum agency, Symphony Flex, with additional competitive pay rates.
  • centralised hubs for Workflow and Medicines Management, reducing the admin burden on GPs
  • standard and consistent work practices built on best practice
  • close links to the wider Somerset integrated health system, Somerset LMC, SGPET and the Somerset Training Hub 

For more information about this role or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Hayley Baker (Practice Manager) on

If this advert has sparked your interest in being a Symphony GP within Somerset please contact us on

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