Meet the Team

We work to support our teams in delivering high quality health care to patients across Durham Dales.

Through managing contracts, recruiting a highly skilled workforce and analysing our performance we make sure we are giving the NHS the best possible value for money, and the best possible care for patients.

Dr David Robertson, Chairman

David Robertson

Chairman

Dave Hall Operations Director

Dave Hall

Operations Director

Kevin Lee Finance Director

Kevin Lee

Finance Director

Ross Hetherington Business Development Manager

Ross Hetherington

Business Development Manager

Andrew Dowson Business Development Manager

Andrew Dowson

Business Intelligence Manager

Tom Lee Financial Controller

Tom Lee

Finance Controller

Helen Dawson, Team Lead Clinical Team

Helen Dawson

Clinical Lead

Tania Callard Administration Team Lead

Tania Callard

Administration Team Lead

Thomas Watkinson, Clinical Pharmacists Team Lead

Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

Ellie Franklin, Team Lead Health Care Coordiantors

Ellie Franklin

Team Lead, Health Care Coordinator

We work closely as a team to provide support to the 12 GP Practices in the Durham Dales.

The team work directly with patients in a number of different settings and locations. We see patients in local surgeries and visit them in their homes, we staff overflow appointments at Bishop Auckland Hospital and provide support to more than 20 care homes in the area.

We also provide wraparound care for elderly and frail patients, as well as providing pre-bookable appointments as part of the provision of extended hours services to patients.

Helen Dawson, Team Lead Clinical Team

Helen Dawson

Clinical Lead, Emergency Care Practitioner

Lorna Mclean - Extended Access Team Lead

Lorna McLean

Extended Access Team Lead

Toni Baker Emergency Care Practitioner

Toni Baker

Emergency Care Practitioner

Staff Placeholder

Sonia Fendell

Emergency Care Practitioner

TONI GREY EMERGENCY CARE PRACTITIONER

Toni Grey

Emergency Care Practitioner

Joanne Havert COMMUNITY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Joanne Havert

Community Nurse Practitioner

Jane Simpson EMERGENCY CARE PRACTITIONER

Jane Simpson

Emergency Care Practitioner

Andrea Kaye PORTFOLIO NURSE

Andrea Kaye

Portfolio Nurse

Safak Kocu ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER

Safak Kocu

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Pauline Lee ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER

Pauline Lee

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Barbara McCabe DVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONER

Barbara McCabe

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Alice Mann Junior Practitioner

Alice Mann

Junior Practitioner

Elanor Brown Junior Practitioner

Eleanor Brown

Junior Practitioner

Sarah Denham Junior Practitioner

Sarah Denham

Junior Practitioner

Zoe Whensley Junior Practitioner

Zoe Whensley

Junior Practitioner

Rachel Warford Health care assistant

Rachel Warford

Health Care Assistant

Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

General Practitioner

Dr Julia Pickworth

Dr Julia Pickworth

General Practitioner

We’re part of an innovative new way of supporting people with mental health needs in the community.

We create personalised care plans, provides links to other services, and help patients when they are discharged from secondary care.

Through regular reviews with patients, working alongside practices, we can give continuity of care to those who need it.

Sarah Scott Team Lead Practice Aligned Mental Health Service

Sarah Scott

Team Lead, Community Psychiatric Nurse

Debbie Atkinson COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Debbie Atkinson

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Tom Brookes COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Tom Brookes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Staff Placeholder

Faye Gosney

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Chris Oakes Community Psychiatric Nurse

Chris Oakes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

We work provide services both directly and indirectly to patients. Behind the scenes we check hospital discharge and clinic letters to make sure medications are accurate, deal with repeat dispensing and prescription requests and monitor blood test results for high risk drugs. We work with other staff to oversee how medicines are prescribed, and to answer specific questions.

Patients will see us more and more as we hold clinics, do in person and telephone reviews for medications and long term health conditions, as well as answering medication queries and offering counselling.

Bindy Rowcroft - Clinical Pharmacist

Bindy Rowcroft

Clinical Pharmacist

Thomas Watkinson, Clinical Pharmacists Team Lead

Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

Charlotte Burnage - Pharmacy Technician

Charlotte Burnage

Pharmacy Technician

Andrea Evans - Pharmacy Technician Marika Wojewodzka - Clinical Pharma

Andrea Evans

Pharmacy Technician

SUE EVERETT SENIOR DISPENSER

Sue Everett

Senior Dispenser

Mandy Gowland - Clinical Pharmacist

Mandy Gowland

Clinical Pharmacist

Marika Wojewodzka - Clinical Pharmacist

Marika Kostusiak

Clinical Pharmacist

Marco Leadbitter Clinical Pharmacist

Marco Leadbitter

Clinical Pharmacist

Kate Waistell Clinical Pharmacist

Kate Waistell

Clinical Pharmacist

Sophie Wynne Clinical Pharmacist

Sophie Wynne

Clinical Pharmacist

We provide support to our 12 member practices as well as 24 care homes in Durham Dales.

This involves central coordination of visits to patients with acute needs, diary management for our Community Psychiatric Team, helping triage patients, producing letters and dealing with queries.

The team also provide admin cover in the 12 practices during the week, reception cover for the extended hours services in the evenings and at Bishop Auckland Hospital at weekends.

We also coordinate and provide training for the Federation, member practices and local commissioning groups.

Tania Callard Administration Team Lead

Tania Callard

Team Lead, Administrator

Holly Cowton - Business Admin Apprentice

Holly Cowton

Business Admin Apprentice

Victoria Carfoot Administrator

Victoria Carfoot

Administrator

Megan Knighton ADMINISTRATOR

Megan Knighton

Medical Receptionist

ANN LIIVAND ADMINISTRATOR

Ann Liivand

Administrator

Ben Patterson - Business Admin Apprentice

Ben Patterson

Business Admin Apprentice

EMILY PEARSON ADMINISTRATOR

Emily Pearson

Administrator

Rachel Smith DATA INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT OFFICER

Rachel Smith

Data Intelligence Support Officer

Social prescribing is a means of providing non-clinical care to our patients. As a team we primarily visit the elderly frail within our community who need support to remain safe and healthy in their own homes. 

With the advent of the new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) we are excited to have taken on 3 new link workers to work with a more diverse group of patients.

Ellie Franklin, Team Lead Health Care Coordiantors

Ellie Franklin

Team Lead, Health Care Coordinator

Gillian Moore Social Prescribing Link Worker

Gillian Bruce

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Amy Cotterill - Health Care Coordinator

Amy Cotterill

Health Care Coordinator

Pippa Graham - Health Care Coordinator

Pippa Graham

Health Care Coordinator

Rachael Harrison Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rachel Harrison

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

HOLLIE PALLISTER HEALTH CARE COORDINATOR

Hollie Pallister

Health Care Coordinator

Katie Roberts Health Care Coordinator

Katie Roberts

Health Care Coordinator

Karen Robertson

Karen Robertson

Health Care Coordinator

Katy Smith HEALTH CARE COORDINATOR

Katy Smith

Health Care Coordinator

Lisa Turnbull

Community Wellness Coordinator

Tracy Williams Social Prescribing Link Worker

Tracy Williams

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker