What is Doctor Training?

In 2012, the practice was approved as a training practice. Doctors attached to the practice will have completed their university medical degrees and their Foundation Years basic hospital training.

Trainees placed with the practice have chosen to pursue a career in General Practice. Their specialist training programmes run over 3 or 4 years and involve 6 to 12 month modules either in hospital or in general practice.

During hospital placements, our trainees also return for occasional visit days and review meetings. Patients can expect to encounter doctors at various stages of their training.

Dr Kirsty Robinson is the designated Educational Supervisor in the practice.

* Doctors in training will be supervised by a fully qualified GP at all times.

Patients may be invited to contribute to the following educational activities to support the training of our doctors :

1) Video recording of consultations (this is only done with permission from patients by completion of a consent form)
2) Questionnaires about the performance of doctors
3) Audit projects
4) Joint consultations with a qualified GP or nurse and a trainee

Participating . .

Participation is entirely at patient’s discretion and refusal will not adversely affect your medical care. However, in order to increase their knowledge and develop their clinical skills, trainees need as much exposure as possible to the wide variety of medical problems encountered in general practice. Your support of and engagement with this process is greatly appreciated and vital to their progression towards becoming a competent GP of the future.

Current Trainees

The practice is pleased to welcome our current trainee to the team and we would ask patients to provide them with support in their training.

Dr Anna Badenhorst

Trainee GP

Qualified: 2011
Date Joined The Practice: September 2020
About: Originally from Northern Ireland, I trained in Edinburgh and have spent my early career working in Edinburgh and the Borders. I am currently completing my final year of General Practice training in Eyemouth. I enjoy living near the sea with my young kids, and we spend most of our free time in the sea surfing , paddle boarding or on walking along the coast.

Dr Pippa Bell

Trainee GP

Qualified: 2016
Date Joined The Practice: February 2021
About: Having had a previous career as a lawyer, I decided to retrain as a doctor to be able to move back home to the beautiful Borders to bring up my family. I am currently in my final year of GP training here at Eyemouth and have done all my earlier training here in the Borders. When I’m not at work I will be out and about horse riding with my two pony mad children, playing in the nearby community woodland or generally trying to keep on top of gardening and field maintenance!

Jan De Fusco

Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner

About: I qualified as a Nurse (adults) in 2005 and started my career in South London as a Community Nurse, before re-locating to East Sussex and undertaking a Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Specialist Practice. Between 2014 and 2019 I took a break from District Nursing to work as a Tissue Viability Nurse in a Wound Healing Centre, concentrating on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mainly lower limb wounds.  During this time I qualified as a Lymphoedema Practitioner.  In 2019, my husband and I moved to the Borders, and I have worked in The Borders since then, as a District Nurse. Living near Cornhill-on-Tweed, I am spoiled with endless opportunities to walk and explore the surrounding countryside. My husband and I also face the positive challenge to tame our wild garden and learn new skills such as growing our own, and bee-keeping.

Chelsea Jeffrey

Trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioner

About:  I am originally from Glasgow and completed my nursing studies in Paisley (BSc Mental Health Nursing). I have come from a forensic and learning disability in patient background before beginning my ANP training in Eyemouth. My family and I relocated early this year so I am able to follow this career path. I am excited to be working in the Borders and look forward to enhancing my knowledge in primary care. In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my family and travelling when I can. d garden and learn new skills such as growing our own, and bee-keeping.