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.

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David Robertson

Chairman

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Vicky Watson

Managing Director

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Dave Hall

Operations Director

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Kevin Lee

Finance Director

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Rob Grinter

HR Director

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Craig Hay

Service Development Manager

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Joanne Taylor

Service Support Manager

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Ross Hetherington

Business Development Manager

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Andrew Dowson

Business Intelligence Manager

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Tom Lee

Finance Controller

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Jo Petch

Practice Support Manager

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Helen Dawson

Clinical Lead

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Tania Callard

Administration Team Lead

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Tracey Stores

Social Prescribing Team Lead

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Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

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 General 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.

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Helen Dawson

Clinical Lead, Emergency Care Practitioner

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Natalie Craggs

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Sonia Fendell

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Toni Grey

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Heather Hebden

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Julie Huntrods

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Michelle Nicholson

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Julie Price

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Jane Simpson

Emergency Care Practitioner

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Andrea Kaye

Portfolio Nurse

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Safak Kocu

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Pauline Lee

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Barbara McCabe

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

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Cheryl Sime

Health Care Assistant

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Karen Slucock

Health Care Assistant

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Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

General Practitioner

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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.

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Emma Hemingbrough

Team Lead, Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Chris Oakes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Tom Brookes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Debbie Atkinson

Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Sharon Boylan

Community Psychiatric Nurse

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Amanda Allen

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.

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Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

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Kate Waistell

Clinical Pharmacist

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Sophie Wynne

Clinical Pharmacist

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Sue Everett

Senior Dispenser

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.

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Tania Callard

Team Lead, Administrator

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Jayne Race

Administrator/Training coordinator/Dispenser

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Ann Liivand

Administrator

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Deborah Curtis

Administrator

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Megan Knighton

Medical Receptionist

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Emily Pearson

Administrator

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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.

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Tracey Stores

Team Lead, Social Prescribing Link Worker

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Hollie Wilcox

Health Care Coordinator

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Ellie Franklin

Health Care Coordinator

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Katie Roberts

Health Care Coordinator

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Katy Smith

Health Care Coordinator

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Karen Robertson

Health Care Coordinator

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Lisa Turnbull

Community Wellness Coordinator

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Gillian Moore

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

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Rachel Harrison

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

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Tracy Williams

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker