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.

David Robertson

Chairman

Vicky Watson

Managing Director

Dave Hall

Operations Director

Kevin Lee

Finance Director

Joanne Taylor

Service Support Manager

Ross Hetherington

Business Development Manager

Andrew Dowson

Business Intelligence Manager

Tom Lee

Finance Controller

Jo Petch

Practice Support Manager

Helen Dawson

Clinical Lead

Tania Callard

Administration Team Lead

Team Lead fo Clinical Pharmacists, Thomas Watkinson

Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

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

Clinical Lead, Emergency Care Practitioner

Toni Baker

Emergency Care Practitioner

Sonia Fendell

Emergency Care Practitioner

Toni Grey

Emergency Care Practitioner

Joanne Havert

Community Nurse Practitioner

Jane Simpson

Emergency Care Practitioner

Andrea Kaye

Portfolio Nurse

Safak Kocu

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Pauline Lee

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Barbara McCabe

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Alice Mann

Junior Practitioner

Eleanor Brown

Junior Practitioner

Sarah Denham

Junior Practitioner

Zoe Whensley

Junior Practitioner

Rachel Warford

Health Care Assistant

Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

General Practitioner

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, Community Psychiatric Nurse

Debbie Atkinson

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Tom Brookes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Faye Gosney

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.

Team Lead fo Clinical Pharmacists, Thomas Watkinson

Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

Sue Everett

Senior Dispenser

Marco Leadbitter

Clinical Pharmacist

Sophie Wynne

Clinical Pharmacist

Kate Waistell

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

Team Lead, Administrator

Victoria Carfoot

Administrator

Megan Knighton

Medical Receptionist

Ann Liivand

Administrator

Emily Pearson

Administrator

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 Coordinator

Gillian Bruce

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rachel Harrison

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Hollie Pallister

Health Care Coordinator

Katie Roberts

Health Care Coordinator

Karen Robertson

Health Care Coordinator

Katy Smith

Health Care Coordinator

Lisa Turnbull

Community Wellness Coordinator

Tracy Williams

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker