Information for GP Trainees


Welcome to Barns Medical Practice - A Dynamic Total Training Experience

The future of General Practice is here, now! 

Over the last decade, Barns Medical Practice has developed exactly the sort of Practice envisaged in the 2018 Scottish GP Contract. We have a nurse consultant, 3 nurse practitioners a practice nurse and a team of 3 healthcare practitioners as well as 5 GP Partners. We also have aligned GP clinical pharmacists, a physiotherapist, a mental health practitioner, OT and a community link worker.

We are a Total Training Practice.  We train doctors from school leaver work experience, via 3rd to 5th year medical students, FY2 to ST 1-3. We also welcome school leavers interested in a career in nursing and offer training to undergraduate students, newly qualified nurses becoming Practice Nurses and train ANP's both for our Practice and for others.  Our lead trainer mentors the development of pharmacists and physiotherapists.  We also develop administrative staff, regularly having work experience school and college students and offer training from modern apprentice to Practice Manager VTS mentorship.

We are very happy to discuss the opportunities for a career in General Practice with anyone interested in any of the disciplines. If you are interested pay us a visit.  Informal enquiries can be sent to Jan McCulloch the Practice Manager by email

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Scottish Government Satisfaction Surveys

The Practice achieve excellent results in both the patient Health and Care Experience satisfaction survey, and the team Safety Culture survey, scoring significantly higher than the Scottish average in every area.  We also routinely assess patient satisfaction for personal reflection and learning development.

We think our excellent results can be attributed to our team ethos of "working together as equals". 

Number of partners and outside interests

5 GP Partners in the Practice, 3 of whom are GP Trainers,  2 partners are Dip. Occ. Med. One Partner is a member of the Local Medical Committee.  The Practice carries out all family planning needs, occupational medicals, acupuncture and minor surgery. 

Any interesting features of the practice

Barns Medical Practice is a well established training Practice in the town centre of Ayr, with almost 40 years experience in training GPs, and more recently nurses and administrative staff.  We are a friendly, sociable Practice who meet regularly throughout the day as a team for coffee and lunch as well as morning huddles.  The GP Trainee can expect a whole team training experience. 

We are contracted to provide General Medical Services (17J) by NHS Ayrshire & Arran and provide a full range of NHS and private services. 

Purpose built premises since 2002; private car parking.  Paperless practice using VISION. Also involved in FY2 and undergraduate education. Webcams in all rooms for easy consultation videoing.

Educational opportunities

Experienced training practice in area with well established day release scheme and CSA preparation course via day release/residential meetings. All partners committed to education and carry out in-house 360 degree appraisal and peer review of partners’ video consultations. Practice is a participant in PBSGL, meetings every 2 months. In house CSA preparation is available, provided by our now retired Senior Partner who has many years experience as a previous CSA examiner.

Advantages/opportunities of working in our practice

Friendly, sociable practice in pleasant town centre, only 50 min drive to centre of Glasgow. All partners are involved in and support training.  Informal visits welcomed, please contact Jan McCulloch, our Management Partner at

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