Dr Martin Dace's GP locum site

Curriculum vitae

Dr J. Martin B. Dace
(address supplied on application)
Ham, Richmond TW10

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St Peter's College, University of Oxford;
Oxford University Medical School


Medical degrees:
LRCP (London), MRCS (England) 1977
BM, BCh (Oxford University Medical School) 1977

Honours degree in physiology:
MA(Oxon.) 1980

Postgraduate diploma:
DRCOG, 1980

Certificates of competence:
Certificate of competence in family planning (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) 1980
Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (certificate of prescribed experience) 1981

Attendance at numerous update and refresher courses on a regular basis, including counselling skills, child health surveillance, minor (office) surgery, asthma management, London Deanery mentoring course 2009, annual BMJ Learning update courses.

How my experience can help you:

As a GP with over 30 years of experience, 21 of those years as a principal. I know that what you don't want is a locum who leaves extra work for the partners to do, or who fails to record data for QOF, or whose clinics regularly over-run.

I can put patients quickly at their ease because they can see that I am taking them seriously and know what I am talking about. I make clear notes so that another doctor seeing that patient will understand what I have done and why and my suggested management plan. At the same time I am careful not to tie the next doctor's hands with a particular strategy. My clinics usually run to time, thus minimising complaints at reception.

With drug-dependent patients I follow the practice protocol and have ways of being firm without causing excessive antagonism. I have found that this group of patients will often respond positively to an approach that is firm and fair.

I am familiar with EMIS LV5, EMIS PCS and Vision and I have also used Torex and System-1 (I have a card). I adapt quickly to computer systems and make a habit of recording QOF data and tidying up medication and problem lists on systems that allow this.

My clinical skills include familiarity with family planning, sexual health, and sexual dysfunction. At Medicentre in 2002 I wrote a guidance paper for the management of male impotence.

A particular strength of my consulting style is an awareness of the interdependence of the physical and the emotional. I believe in an approach which is friendly, patient-centred, as far as possible evidence-based: holistic in the true sense.

I am on the Lewisham PCT list for minor surgery.

Medical experience summary:

General Practice:
October 2003 to date: GP locum work in a number of South East London practices;
2002-September 2003: Lead Doctor, Fenchurch Street Medicentre, 150 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 6BB;
1990-2002: Senior Partner in Drs Dace, Singh, Irvine and Hassan, General Medical Practice (National Health Service), Deptford, London SE8;
also Clinical Tutor (undergraduate medical teaching: family practice) for Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s Medical School (1997-2002);
1981-1990 Partner in Drs Hudson-Evans, Firth and Dace, General Medical Practice (National Health Service), Lewisham, London SE13.

Hospital specialities and Family practice training:
1981 Senior House Officer, Care of the Elderly (rehabilitation: in-patient and day hospital), Middlesex Hospital, London (nine months);
1980 Trainee General Practitioner to Dr (now Prof) Brian Jarman, Lisson Grove Health Centre, Paddington, London (one year); also Great Chapel Street Medical Centre (care of the homeless: two sessions a week during the same year);
1979 Senior House Officer, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (six months);
1979 Senior House Officer, Paediatrics (neonatal and general), Hillingdon Hospital, Buckinghamshire (six months);
1978 Senior House Officer, Care of the Elderly, West Norwich Hospital, Norwich (six months);
1978 House Surgeon, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford (six months);
1977 House Physician, Amersham General Hospital, Amersham, Buckinghamshire (six months).

Other relevant experience:
My main interest is in ordinary patient-initiated consultations. I have a wide range of clinical skills, including familiarity with family planning and IUCD fitting, and am good at skin diagnosis. I have developed a facility for putting child patients at their ease, and understand the difficulties of stressed parents (although my own children are now mercifully of a calmer age). I have a lot of experience in dealing with demanding or difficult patients, including drug addicts, knowing how to set boundaries and how to avoid these doctor-patient interactions becoming negative.

A particular strength of my consulting style is an awareness of the interdependency of the physical and the emotional. I believe in an approach which is friendly, patient-centred, as far as possible evidence-based: holistic in the true sense.

I was one of the first GPs to switch to computerised medical records, having installed an EMIS system with a terminal in each consulting room in 1990. I used Read codes to create problem-orientated medical records and disease registers, and to collect vaccine and prescribing data. I know how to set up computer templates and protocols, and in my day-to-day work as a locum I routinely record coded data during consultations for QOF purposes. I can adapt rapidly to different computer systems, and have worked with Emis LV5, PCS, Torex and Vision. Using hand-written XHTML and CSS I created this website.

Both at Medicentre and previously I have developed skills in pre-employment medical examinations, report writing, and medico-legal work, learning how to balance my first duty to my patient with the need for truthful and reliable information for the organisation commissioning the report. I try to make routine screening examinations for corporate clients as patient-centred as possible.

Non medical interests:
Portrait painting. I have achieved a professional standard, and one of my paintings was shortlisted for the first ever Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ (2003) and exhibited at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.

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