Workforce, training and education
East of England
oraco dental PELSALL
Walsall, West Midlands
BDS, MFGDP(UK), Dip Ortho, AET, Coaching/Mentoring Qualifications
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Year Qualified: 2003
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oraco dental
55 Norton Road
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Tel: 01922 684421

The Educational Supervisor: Gurj is the practice Principal and has an extensive clinical and teaching portfolio. Graduating with his BDS from Sheffield he completed DFT on the West Midlands City Scheme. He attained the MFGDP Diploma and remained in the same practice as an Associate honing his skills before acquiring his first dental practice. He went onto acquire additional practices which he has lovingly refurbished and modernised. Gurj's experiences make him an ethical, capable, experienced and well rounded clinician, having a wide variety of experience working with patients and staff from different backgrounds in different settings and conditions. He has a keen interest in teaching and professional development. Having been an FD himself, he fully appreciates the potential needs of a newly qualified clinician and his supportive and considerate nature make him an ideal ES. He has experience in working with newly qualified Dentists, Therapists, Managers and Nurses alike, demonstrating his understanding of all aspects of general practice and his ability to work and communicate with others on various levels. He is approachable, humorous and enjoys sharing his own experiences and knowledge with others whilst equally learning from them. He has a wealth of knowledge for anyone wanting their introduction into general practice to be an invaluable experience and with his one-to-one guidance, he is able to offer not only clinical support but also informed career advice and guidance both now and in the future.

The Practice: We are a group of award winning practices based across Sandwell and Walsall. We are BDA Good Practice Scheme accredited and have won numerous local and national awards. The practice has been and continues to be extensively modernised. It is a friendly and welcoming, busy, mixed NHS and private practice, set up to facilitate not only patient care but also, staff development and learning. Split over two levels the lower floor features an eye catching, fully accessible, open plan reception and waiting room to aid patient flow and improve the patient journey and experience. We are fully computerised (SOE) and have an automated checkin and form completion system (clinipads), state of the art surgeries with fibre-optic handpieces, rotary NITI, digital xrays, LED technology, phones/WIFI and a large range of good quality modern instruments, equipment and materials. If you need anything just ask. We have a new decontamination suite to ensure compliance and safety. The first floor has a dedicated learning suite and study. We have a host of educational resources including IT and are affiliated with CPD coordinators guru258 enabling us to provide relevant CPD free of charge, for the team. We have a team of experienced long serving staff, who have experience in working with FD's. The team are able to help an FD learn and develop including how to manage their workloads and diaries. We have all been new to something, been nervous and unsure but please do not worry, we will look after you.

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The Area: Minutes from Birmingham, Pelsall is a picturesque large suburban village situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall in the West Midlands. It is of particular historic significance having first been mentioned in both the Charter in 994 and the Domesday Book (Peolshalh) in 1086. Accessed via JCT10 (M6) by car, Walsall is within easy commuting distance from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Cannock and Dudley. It is also readily accessible by rail, bus and we also have on-site parking. The local area has seen significant investment and home to retail giants Starbucks, Currys/PC World, Next, M&S and KFC to name a few. The traditional village common has been protected with the practice benefiting from Conservation area status. There are many open green spaces and we are not far from Cannock Chase. Offering young/elderly, exempt/fee paying, new/existing patients with a range of treatment needs providing a truly diverse learning opportunity. This should allow the FD to learn the principles of 'how to work' through extensive wide ranging clinical experience. Enabling them to self appraise, develop and grow, by working on their weaknesses whilst developing their strengths. There is an emphasis on working at your own pace and being comfortable, full clinical freedom whilst being able to offer the full range of NHS treatment modalities.

Other Points of Interest: When we modernised the practice it was a long held dream to put together a team made up of clinically skilled, hardworking and down to earth professionals, operating from a state of the art facility to offer the best possible care. Having been a FD within the local area and scheme, Gurj knew from the outset what was required to help a trainee settle into general practice and develop in a way which would offer a truly supported immersion into general practice. We want to help our trainees develop into proficient, caring clinicians, who provide high quality outcomes for patients. We want to promote forward thinking, innovation, encourage creativity and focus on developing the individual's readiness for the ever changing job market. Let's be honest, we all want employability at the end of it and all our previous trainees have all gone on to gain post training employment, more often than not within one of our own practices or other well regarded organisations. We have a mix of professionals with varying levels of experience and interests within our group of practices and we are eager to continue to add to that by developing our own 'superstars'. We want to  ensure your individual learning needs are supported and you are fully equipped to deal with life in general dental practice on completion of hopefully an enjoyable and successful FD year. We look forward to welcoming the successful candidate to the family and starting this new chapter and journey together.