Who’s who at JHP

    Dr Ben Davies

    General Practitioner

    I trained in Newcastle and graduated in 2004. I have been a Partner in the Practice for nearly 10 years.

    Clinically I have a particular interest in Mens Health and Child Health. I administer joint injections. Non-clinically I have worked with our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and our GP Federation, Newcastle GP Services (NGPS), on projects looking at how General Practice can work together for the good of Patients and Practices to ensure their long term sustainability.

    I spend my time across the two sites, both seeing patients and working on the business side of the Practice.

    GMC Number: 6105532

        Dr Sarah Nicholson

        General Practitioner

        After qualifying from Newcastle Medical School in 2004, I became a member of the Royal College of GPs in 2009. I have worked as a partner at the practice since 2014.

        Dermatology is a special interest, having previously worked as a Specialty Doctor in Dermatology at the RVI.

        I have the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine and the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

        I am the clinical supervisor for F2 doctors in the practice (junior doctors in their second year out of medical school).

        I work at both sites and am part time.

        GMC Number: 6105132

            Dr Fiona Smith

            General Practitioner

            I graduated from Newcastle Medical School in 2009. After I completed training in both Newcastle and London, I started at JHP as a partner in 2017. I’m a Member of the Royal College of GPs and hold a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

            I have a special interest in gynaecology, especially family planning and contraception. I insert and remove contraceptive implants and also remove intrauterine coils.

            Geriatric medicine is another special interest, and I’m also the lead GP for Diabetes in the practice.

            I‘m part time, and work at both No 17 and No 200.

            GMC number: 7042848

              Our team of Doctors is made up of Salaried GPs and Registrars.

              Our salaried GPs are fully qualified General Practitioners and registered with the Royal College of GPs.

              Registrars are qualified Doctors who are in the process of training to become qualified GPs. Each Registrar is supervised by a GP trainer - a fully qualified GP who is responsible for their work.

                Dr Mie Maxwell-Smith

                General Practitioner

                Originally from Canada, I chose to come to the UK to study medicine. I graduated from St Andrews University and Manchester University Medical School in 2015.  

                I joined Jesmond Health Partnership in July 2021 after completing my GP training in the North East. Throughout my training, I have worked in practices in Teesside and Northumberland as well as in various hospital settings. 

                I also have a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health awarded in March 2020 in addition to joining the Royal College of GPs in July 2021.  

                I work part-time and cover both sites. 

                GMC: 7489875 

                    Dr Kavitha Ramakrishnan

                    General Practitioner

                    I joined Jesmond Health Partnership in May 2019. Before that I worked at a GP practice in Fulwell, Sunderland.

                    I qualified in 2001 in India, with a further qualification in Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2008 through the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. I completed my GP training in 2009.

                    I’m part time and work at both No 17 and No 200 Osborne Road.

                    GMC Number: 6053722

                        Dr Katie Rinne

                        General Practitioner

                        I joined JHP in April 2020, having recently completed the GP training scheme, during which I worked at practices across the North East including Sunderland, Northumberland and Newcastle, as well as in various hospital settings.

                        I qualified from Newcastle University in August 2013 with an MBBS degree, completed the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine in May 2017 and became a member of the Royal College of GPs in February 2020.

                        I cover both sites and work part time.

                        GMC Number: 7332436

                            Dr Kate Sutton

                            General Practitioner

                            I studied Medicine at Newcastle University, qualifying in 2000. In 2005 I completed my GP training and in 2018 gained a Diploma of Geriatric Medicine.

                            My career in General Practice started in Alnwick, with spells in Whitley Bay and Percy Main before coming to Jesmond in 2018.

                            I work at No 17 on Mondays and Thursdays, with part of my working week spent with Newcastle Hospital Trust as a speciality Doctor in Older People’s Medicine.

                            GMC Number: 4741626

                                Dr Elizabeth Toberty

                                General Practitioner

                                I graduated from Newcastle University in 2010. After a few years working in Gateshead, I worked in New Zealand and then returned home to do GP training, which I completed in 2018.

                                I have worked in Sunderland before coming to Jesmond Health Partnership.

                                I have a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. I also organise the North East Next Generation GP Programme and volunteer with the Doctors’ Association UK.

                                  We're here to assess and treat patients with a wide range of conditions and needs. We cover everything from changing dressings to carrying out health checks and reviewing patients' long term conditions.

                                    Susan Mensforth

                                    Practice Nurse Team Lead

                                    I’ve been here since 2002, and manage the team of 4 Nurses and 2 Health Care Assistants. I studied Nursing at Leeds Polytechnic, qualifying in 1989 and have since worked in general nursing and midwifery. My particular interests are Women’s health and travel health. I’m part time and work at No 200.

                                        Briege Bourke

                                        Practice Nurse

                                        I completed my nurse training in Belfast, and worked in the Mater and City Hospitals there before moving to Newcastle in the mid 1990s.

                                        My role involves carrying out reviews with patients who have long term conditions, as well as vaccinations, childhood immunisations, cervical screening and travel health advice. I have an interest in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

                                        I work part time and am based at No 17.

                                            Carol Cullen

                                            Health Care Assistant

                                            As part of the nursing team, my role involves taking blood samples from patients, monitoring their blood pressure and carrying out health checks. I also make sure we have the right stock of supplies.

                                            I came to JHP in March 2020. Before that I’d worked at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, North Tyneside General Hospital and in care homes. I studied Social Care at Gateshead College.

                                            I’m full time at No 200 Osborne Road.

                                                Val Robertson

                                                Health Care Assistant

                                                My role involves phlebotomy (taking blood from patients) taking blood pressure readings, ECG, simple wound dressings, NHS health checks for the over 40s, gathering information for diabetic checks.

                                                Before joining the practice in 2004 I managed a Post Office.

                                                I work part time, based at No 17.

                                                    Fiona Simpson

                                                    Practice Nurse

                                                    After qualifying in Nursing in Aberdeen in 1987, working there, in Edinburgh and a brief spell in Australia, I came to Jesmond in 2011.

                                                    My role involves carrying out reviews with patients with chronic diseases, applying and changing dressings, cervical screening and travel health.

                                                    I’m based at No 200 and work part time.

                                                        Pip Wigglesworth

                                                        Practice Nurse

                                                        After working in Emergency Admissions at the RVI hospital, I came to work in Jesmond in March 2015. I trained in Newcastle, qualifying in 1992.

                                                        As a Practice Nurse, I help patients with a range of issues from monitoring and reviewing their long term conditions to taking blood samples and giving travel vaccinations. Childhood immunisations, cervical cytology and wound care are some of my special interests.

                                                        I’m part time at No 17.

                                                            Toni Harkness

                                                            Advanced Nurse Practitioner

                                                            I am employed by the Practice as a Nurse Practitioner working as part of the team to assess, treat and review patients. I am also working with the care homes to establish Enhanced Health in Care Homes.

                                                            This involves weekly ward rounds reviewing and managing the care needs of this group of patients.
                                                            I am also an independent prescriber and work Monday to Thursday.

                                                                Sabrina Smith

                                                                Nurse Practitioner

                                                                As a Nurse Practitioner, I see patients with minor and acute illness or injuries.

                                                                I qualified as a nurse in 2007 and completed my further qualifications to become a nurse practitioner in 2015/16. All of my time as a Nurse has been spent in Primary Care, either in GP practices or with District Nursing teams. Diabetes is one of my specialist interests.

                                                                Since joining JHP in 2017 I’ve worked part time, and cover both sites.

                                                                  We carry out a huge amount of tasks on a daily, weekly and monthly basis to make sure your healthcare is joined up and consistent.

                                                                  Updating your patient records, sending letters to hospital when you're referred to a specialist and organising our Doctors' diaries are all part of our day to day routine.

                                                                    Vicky Watson

                                                                    Practice Manager

                                                                    My role is to support the Partners at JHP to deliver the best possible care to our patients. This includes supporting our Team Leads to ensure the smooth running of the practice, business planning for the future and engaging with our Patient Participation Group.

                                                                    I have worked in the NHS for 18 years, starting out in Public Health and then as a Managing Partner in a GP Practice in Durham Dales.

                                                                    Since joining JHP in September 2019, I’ve been working part time between the two sites.

                                                                        Dave Hall

                                                                        Operations Manager

                                                                            Jenny Crawford

                                                                            Secretarial Team Lead

                                                                            I oversee the day to day running of the secretarial/admin team. My role involves things such as referrals, reports, workflow of clinical letters and taking meeting minutes as required. I continuously develop systems and protocols to ensure administration tasks run effectively and efficiently.

                                                                            In 2011 I started as an apprentice, going on to work as a receptionist for the next 6 years. Following a promotion I became secretary, and have more recently taken on a team lead role.

                                                                            The admin team are based at both No 17 and No 200, so I split my time between the sites. I work full time.

                                                                                Sherry Brown


                                                                                In my current job role I do a variety of admin tasks including subject access requests, reports and actioning hospital letters.

                                                                                Before coming to the practice in Jesmond in 1998 I worked in a dental practice as well as Newcastle General Hospital.

                                                                                I work part time at both No 17 and No 200.

                                                                                    Francis Gainsborough


                                                                                    Since February 2020 I’ve been working part time across both sites. I’m a Medical student but have been helping out while the University has been closed.

                                                                                    I began summarising patient notes, then was trained to be able to cover Reception where I’ve been greeting patients and answering calls.

                                                                                    We have a small group of other medical students who are on hand to provide help when needed and part of my role has been to give them the training they need.

                                                                                        Suzanne Gardner


                                                                                        My role covers a wide range of secretarial and administrative tasks like updating patient records and sending recall letters and referrals.

                                                                                        I joined the team in 2009, having worked at HMRC before.

                                                                                        I’m full time and work between both our sites on Osborne Road.

                                                                                            Alison Halliday


                                                                                            Before I joined the practice here in Jesmond in 2003, I worked at another GP surgery in Oxford.

                                                                                            As part of the secretarial team, my job involves processing referrals, dealing with clinical letters and other admin tasks.

                                                                                            I am full time and split my time between No 17 and No 200.

                                                                                                Gail Turnbull

                                                                                                Data Quality & Audit Administrator

                                                                                                Since joining JHP in 2016, I’ve been in charge of auditing our data to make sure we’re meeting our contracts.

                                                                                                Over the last 20+ years I’ve worked across the NHS in primary and secondary care in a range of roles.

                                                                                                I’m part time and based at No 17.

                                                                                                  For most patients, we'll be the first person you speak to, either in person or on the phone. We're here to answer your questions and queries, book appointments and make sure you get the care you need.

                                                                                                  At times we might ask you about your issue so we can direct you to the best person for your needs. We're trained to do this, and everything you tell us is confidential.

                                                                                                    Katie Davidson

                                                                                                    Reception Team Lead

                                                                                                    My role is to support and train the reception team to deliver the best patient care and experience possible.  I engage with patients, GPs and other team leads  to strategize how we can continue to develop and provide the best care for our patients.  I look after and implement systems to help with the daily operations of both of the sites.

                                                                                                    Previously I’ve worked in other GP practices, as a Pharmacy Technician, as well as managing school out of hours provisions and working with children with autism and ADHD.

                                                                                                    I’ve been with JHP since 2018. I’m full time and based predominately at No 17 Osborne Road.

                                                                                                        Marilyn Barredo


                                                                                                        My work in the Reception Team centres on assisting patients with scheduling appointments, filing, record keeping and a range of other admin tasks.

                                                                                                        Prior to coming to JHP in January 2020, I worked in pathology laboratories for Public Health England.

                                                                                                        I’m full time, working at both sites on Osborne Road.

                                                                                                            Pat Browell


                                                                                                            I’ve been at the practice since 2008 and work in the Reception team. 

                                                                                                            This means answering calls and meeting patients, as well as carrying out a wide range of general admin duties.

                                                                                                            I work between the two sites on a part time basis.

                                                                                                                Erin Clift


                                                                                                                Since January 2020 I’ve been providing Admin/Reception support to JHP when needed.

                                                                                                                Providing cover means I need to be able to carry out admin tasks as well as speak to patients and make sure they get to the help they need.

                                                                                                                I’m work at both sites on a part-time basis, and also study Law at University.

                                                                                                                    Reece Davidson


                                                                                                                    I started working at Jesmond Health Partnership in 2021.

                                                                                                                    My main responsibilities are to book appointments for patients, scanning documents and generally helping out the Reception Team.

                                                                                                                    I work part-time at No 17 Osborne Road.

                                                                                                                        Chloe Gray


                                                                                                                        I joined Jesmond Health Partnership as an Apprentice in March 2020.

                                                                                                                        One of my main job roles is to welcome patients when they arrive for their appointments, take samples or answer any queries. Another responsibility is to print off records of patients who are no longer registered with us, and make sure our information is up to date. I worked in New Look before joining JHP.

                                                                                                                        I’m full time and split my time between the two sites.

                                                                                                                            Nicole Lindsay


                                                                                                                            I work as a Receptionist having joined the team in 2017 after studying childcare at college.

                                                                                                                            My role is to help patients and deal with their queries as efficiently as possible. This covers a lot of things but mainly revolves around booking appointments, making sure prescriptions are processed and everything else.

                                                                                                                            I work full time between both sites.

                                                                                                                                Tamanna Parveen


                                                                                                                                In December 2019 I started with the Reception team at JHP. 

                                                                                                                                I deal with patient queries, problem solve, and provide administrative guidance during patient care, both in-person and over the phone. I’ve worked as a Biomedical Scientist in Haematology & Blood Transfusion at University Hospital North Durham, and as an Analyst at UK Independent Medical Services.

                                                                                                                                    Holly Rennie


                                                                                                                                    After completing my degree in Psychology at Newcastle University, I started at JHP in October of 2021. My role involves being responsible for helping patients book appointments, maintaining and updating patient records and other general admin tasks.

                                                                                                                                    I’m based at No 17 Osborne Road and work full time.


                                                                                                                                        Melissa Richley


                                                                                                                                        As part of the Reception Team, I deal sympathetically with patients on the phone and in person. The most common tasks for me are repeat prescriptions requests and repeat dispensing, filing hospital letters, reports, scanning and updating patient records.

                                                                                                                                        I joined the team in 2016 from Falcon Medical Group where I was a Medical Receptionist.

                                                                                                                                        I’m currently on maternity leave.

                                                                                                                                            Imogen Tate


                                                                                                                                            I joined Jesmond Health Partnership in August 2021 as a Receptionist.

                                                                                                                                            My role involves helping patients with their enquiries, as well as scanning and processing documents and analysing data.

                                                                                                                                            I work at No 17 Osborne Road on a part-time basis.

                                                                                                                                              Primary Care Networks, or PCNS, are groups of GP practices working together to meet patients' changing needs.

                                                                                                                                              We are part of the Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCN along with Grove Medical Group, Roseworth Surgery and Avenue Surgery.

                                                                                                                                              One of many benefits PCNs bring patients is access to expert new roles, such as Clinical Pharmacists and Social Prescribing Link Workers.

                                                                                                                                                Anna Broxson

                                                                                                                                                Advanced Paramedic Practitioner

                                                                                                                                                I work for the primary care network and take on home visiting for JHP and the 3 other surgeries in the network. My role is to assess patients who are unable to attend the surgery within their own homes. I am able to manage and treat a range of acute presentations as required.

                                                                                                                                                I have worked overseas and in the UK in varying roles including within the travel industry and as a civilian for the armed forces. My main career has been with the North East Ambulance Service as a paramedic. I worked on front line emergency care ambulances for a number of years before progressing to the Hazardous area response team and eventually as a solo response critical care specialist paramedic.

                                                                                                                                                I qualified as a registered paramedic with a foundation degree in Paramedic Science through Teesside University. I continue to study at Teesside University for an MSc in advanced clinical practice. My interests are in developing paramedic practice within primary care and especially in developing the acute visiting service provided by the PCN.

                                                                                                                                                Since joining the PCN in June 2021, I’ve been working full time covering all 4 GP practices. I work at both No 17 and No 200 Osborne Road.

                                                                                                                                                    Thomas Byrne

                                                                                                                                                    Clinical Pharmacist

                                                                                                                                                    I work with GP surgeries in Gosforth and Jesmond to improve prescribing, particularly for older patients and people who take a large number of medicines.

                                                                                                                                                    As a pharmacist, I can focus on making sure medicines are safe, effective, appropriate, based on the latest guidance, and suited to the individual.

                                                                                                                                                    I do in-depth medication reviews with patients, based on what matters to them and how they find the experience of taking medicines.

                                                                                                                                                    I’ve worked and trained in hospitals and general practice in both Leeds and Newcastle, and completed a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Sunderland in 2017. I started working with JHP in November 2019.

                                                                                                                                                        Mathew Curtis-Holloway

                                                                                                                                                        Advanced Paramedic Practitioner

                                                                                                                                                        I work across 4 practices within the Primary Care Network and my role is to assess, treat and manage patients presenting with acute illnesses and injuries within their own homes.

                                                                                                                                                        I qualified with a degree in Paramedic Science in 2012 and have undertaken roles in Emergency Care, Clinical Management, Specialist Care and Minor Injuries. I joined JHP in June 2021 from another surgery in Newcastle with 3 years’ experience in Primary care. I am currently working towards an MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice and am also an Independent Prescriber.

                                                                                                                                                        I have interests in Men’s Health and Mental Health as well as developing the role of Paramedics within Primary care.

                                                                                                                                                        I work full time between JHP and the three other practices in the Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCN and am based at No 200.

                                                                                                                                                            Carol Dolderson

                                                                                                                                                            Clinical Pharmacist

                                                                                                                                                            My focus is NHSE Network Contract DES and Enhanced Health in Care Homes or complex medicines reviews. I also help with medicines information queries, as well as day-to-day medicines requests and Salvie requests.

                                                                                                                                                                Kristine Hanna

                                                                                                                                                                Clinical Pharmacist

                                                                                                                                                                I joined the network in April 2021, with 10 years experience of working in community pharmacies. I also have a Master degree in Pharmacy.

                                                                                                                                                                The main aim of my role is to help patients to get the best from their medication and to help support them with any other issues they believe are impacting their health.

                                                                                                                                                                Through regular reviews, we can discuss how they are getting on, and changes we can make to their medication or other support through my network colleagues that might help.

                                                                                                                                                                I work with JHP patients, as well as those at the other three practices in the Jesmond Lower Gosforth Primary Care Network.


                                                                                                                                                                    Clare Matthews

                                                                                                                                                                    Social Prescribing Link Worker

                                                                                                                                                                    My role is to help people aged 65 and over with social issues, including social isolation, loneliness and frailty.

                                                                                                                                                                    I visit people at home and forge links with community groups.

                                                                                                                                                                    I joined the Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCN in October 2020, and work with patients at JHP and the other three practices in the Network.

                                                                                                                                                                        Sarah McGuinness

                                                                                                                                                                        Social Prescribing Link Worker

                                                                                                                                                                        My role is to help people aged 65 and over with social issues, including social isolation, loneliness and frailty.

                                                                                                                                                                        Being community-based means I can visit people at home, and forge links with community groups.

                                                                                                                                                                        I take the time to get to know people and what matters to them. By increasing their confidence and linking them to community services and groups, people can be empowered to take control of their health and wellbeing.

                                                                                                                                                                        Over my 15 years in the NHS, I’ve worked in physiotherapy and mental health services, and with adults with learning disabilities. I started working with JHP in December 2019.

                                                                                                                                                                            Laura Oliver

                                                                                                                                                                            Project Manager

                                                                                                                                                                            I work with JHP and the 3 neighbouring practices in the Jesmond Lower Gosforth Primary Care Network and the 5 practices in the North Gosforth PCN.

                                                                                                                                                                            My role is to support the practices with implementing and delivering services and initiatives for patients in our area.

                                                                                                                                                                            Before coming to Jesmond in September 2021, I previously worked for the South Tyneside NHS Healthcare Trust, the Marie Curie hospice in Newcastle, South Tyneside College and Sunderland AFC.

                                                                                                                                                                            I work part-time, based at No 17 Osborne Road.


                                                                                                                                                                                Lauren Woods

                                                                                                                                                                                Care Coordinator

                                                                                                                                                                                As a care coordinator I work alongside care home patients, their family and carers to create personalised care and support plans. I spend time discussing what is important to the patient and ensure that their care is coordinated in a way that reflects their care plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                Before coming to Jesmond in November 2020, I worked within a supportive environment with a range of different individuals supporting with housing, homelessness, substance misuse, mental health, and general advice/wellbeing.

                                                                                                                                                                                I work fulltime between JHP, and the three other practices in the Jesmond Lower Gosforth PCN.