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

Tania Callard Administration Team Lead

Tania Callard

Business Support Manager

Helen Dawson, Team Lead Clinical Team

Helen Dawson

Clinical Services Manager

Andrew Dowson Business Development Manager

Andrew Dowson

Chief Operations Manager

Ellie Franklin, Team Lead Health Care Coordiantors

Ellie Franklin

Team Lead, Health Care Coordinator

Ross Hetherington Business Development Manager

Ross Hetherington

Business Development Manager

Kevin Lee Finance Director

Kevin Lee

Finance Director

Tom Lee Financial Controller

Tom Lee

Finance Controller

Thomas Watkinson, Clinical Pharmacists Team Lead

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 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.

Lorna Mclean - Extended Access Team Lead

Lorna McLean

Extended Access Team Lead

Deb Graham

Nurse Practitioner

Amanda Gunning

Wear Valley PCN Trainee Nursing Associate

Helen Dawson, Team Lead Clinical Team

Helen Dawson

Clinical Services Manager

Holly Ainsworth

Junior Practitioner

Abigail Bage

Junior Practitioner

Anna Baines

Junior Practitioner

Toni Baker Emergency Care Practitioner

Toni Baker

Emergency Care Practitioner

Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

Dr Shashikiran Chandrasekhar

General Practitioner

Sarah Denham Junior Practitioner

Sarah Chapman

Junior Practitioner

Natalie Craggs Emergency Care Practitioner

Natalie Craggs

Nurse Practitioner

Karen Eales

Clinical Team Lead

Staff Placeholder

Sonia Fendell

Emergency Care Practitioner

Beth Gibson

Junior Practitioner

Alice Mann Junior Practitioner

Alice Mann

Junior Practitioner

Louise McPhee

Nurse Practitioner

Mollie Murdoch

Junior Practitioner

Dr Julia Pickworth

Dr Julia Pickworth

General Practitioner

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Dr Richard Pickworth

GENERAL PRACTITIONER

Joanne Havert COMMUNITY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Joanne Robinson

Community Nurse Practitioner

Rachel Warford Health care assistant

Rachel Warford

Trainee Nurse Associate

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.

Debbie Atkinson COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Debbie Atkinson

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Tom Brookes COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRIC NURSE

Tom Brookes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Faye Gosney

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Staff Placeholder

Rachel Kirton

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Chris Oakes Community Psychiatric Nurse

Chris Oakes

Community Psychiatric Nurse

Staff Placeholder

Abigail Watson

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.

Thomas Watkinson, Clinical Pharmacists Team Lead

Thomas Watkinson

Team Lead, Clinical Pharmacist

Kelly James

Wear Valley PCN Pharmacy Technician

Rachel Hanby

Wear Valley PCN Pharmacy Technician

Simona Andronic

Bishop Auckland PCN Clinical Pharmacist

Charlotte Burnage - Pharmacy Technician

Charlotte Burnage

Pharmacy Technician

Kim Nilsson Elemenmyr

Clinical Pharmacist

Andrea Evans

Pharmacy Technician

Mandy Gowland - Clinical Pharmacist

Mandy Gowland

Clinical Pharmacist

Michelle Greenwood

Pharmacy Technician

Marco Leadbitter Clinical Pharmacist

Marco Leadbitter

Clinical Pharmacist

Roxana Lupulescu

Clinical Pharmacist

Kathleen Stabler

Pharmacy Technician

Kate Waistell Clinical Pharmacist

Kate Waistell

Clinical Pharmacist

Laura Welsh

Pharmacy Technician

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.

Rachel Smith DATA INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT OFFICER

Rachel Smith

Administration Team Lead

Victoria Carfoot Administrator

Victoria Carfoot

Administrator

Holly Cowton - Business Admin Apprentice

Holly Cowton

Business Admin Apprentice

Andrea Hawkey

Administrator

ANN LIIVAND ADMINISTRATOR

Ann Liivand

Administrator

Ben Patterson - Business Admin Apprentice

Ben Patterson

Administrator

Sharon Pilmore

Administrator

Stephanie Phillips

Administrator

GPs had seen an increase in people coming to them with non-clinical issues because they had no one else to go to. The Health Care Coordinator Team was originally designed to support older or frail patients. Since the remit has changed, the team now support a range of ages including Learning Difficulties, End of Life, the Chronically ill and the vulnerable. The Health Care Coordinator team has also widened their clinical skills to help the cross over between social and medical problems.

Our team has a range of backgrounds, both inside and outside of the NHS, but they share a single priority: the needs of the patient come first.

Ellie Franklin, Team Lead Health Care Coordiantors

Ellie Franklin

Team Lead, Health Care Coordinator

Sarah Hodgson

Teesdale PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Adam Barrett

Health & Wellbeing Coach

Gillian Moore Social Prescribing Link Worker

Gillian Bruce

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Chris Cowley

Veteran Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rachael Harrison Social Prescribing Link Worker

Rachel Harrison

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker

Laura Hunter

Health Care Coordinator

Amy Cotterill - Health Care Coordinator

Amy Laybourn

Health Care Coordinator

Katie Roberts Health Care Coordinator

Katie Roberts

Health Care Coordinator

Katy Smith HEALTH CARE COORDINATOR

Katy Smith

Health Care Coordinator

Tracy Williams Social Prescribing Link Worker

Tracy Williams

PCN Social Prescribing Link Worker