Training Programme Director:
Telephone: 01462 434323 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedford Medical Institute, Bedford General Hospital
Ampthill Road. Bedford MK42 9DJ
Telephone: 01234 792051 Alison.Matton@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
Bedford Scheme started in 1993 as an inter-regional scheme, and since then has established itself with a firm reputation for quality and friendliness, and since 1995 a key part of Health Education England - East of England. Many of the Training practices have been part of the Scheme for successive years, and most of the Trainers hold the PGCert Ed qualification. The practices cover Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and many are within very easy reach of North London.
The Training Programme Director for this Scheme is Peter Cranfield. He established the Scheme and has built a network of enthusiastic and committed Educational Supervisors. He holds the role of Regional Advisor and has an overview and responsibility for all other six Schemes in our area. He is also firmly involved with Dental Foundation Training at a national level, sitting on several national committees. Peter is in part time general dental practice, and for 36 years was a member of the Hertfordshire Local Dental Committee.
The Bedford Day Release Course is usually held on Fridays, and the Scheme concentrates on using the power of group learning to the benefit of all members of the Scheme. The huge level of support and friendship gained from being part of a keen and active learning group is a wonderful strength which will help you greatly during your first year in practice. This is matched by a level of experience, skill and commitment from the Trainers which is second to none.
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are two small but varied counties. The contrasts of busy vibrant urban environments and beautiful rural areas are packed together in an unusual mix. There are areas of great prosperity and also areas of high deprivation, so a range patients with a range of treatment needs will be found, even within one practice. There are many opportunities for leisure activities and with two international airports (Luton and Stansted), 3 main rail lines and 4 major motorways, links to the rest of the world are easy.