PCN Staff

Dr Saul Miller - Clinical Director

Born and bred in the county, Saul will be entitled to full Northumbrian citizenship if that ever becomes necessary. Ending up living and working here was random luck though. A former partner at Belford Medical Practice, he moved to Glendale Surgery in Wooler in 2014 and found having to start again with building relationships with a practice team and its patients a bigger deal than he expected. So at Glendale he intends to stay, especially because Wooler Running Club meets in the car park. He has been Clinical Director for Well Up North since its inception in 2018 and continues to juggle the two roles as well as he is able. He really enjoys seeing both teams grow and develop.

Dr Helen Moor - Executive GP

Executive GP

Dr Neil Forster - Clinical Executive

I'm a partner at Union Brae Surgery, Tweedmouth and have been since 2004. I have a specialist interest in Occupational medicine. 

Following University in Manchester 1998, I undertook surgical training rotation of A&E, General Surgery, Orthopaedics, ITU, & Cardiothoracic. Prior to moving to General practice training in Sheffield and Barnsley General Practice, I worked in Dermatology, ENT, Psychiatry and Paediatrics. 

MRCGP 2004 further studies with Diploma in occupational medicine 2012. 

Outside of work I am an experienced paramotor pilot and photographer, combining both to capture aerial landscapes. With my family we run a small farm raising sheep and enjoy building renovation work.

Dr Richard Hills - Executive GP

Executive GP

Hilary Brown - Management Executive

I am based at Well Close Medical Group in Berwick where I am the Managing Partner and have been there for over 18 years.

Whilst working in the NHS I have enjoyed working on many different projects within Primary Care . I was  a Director of Northumberland Commissioning Group for 6 years before joining Well Up North primarily to look at how improved patient care can be delivered on a local level.

In my spare time I enjoy dog walks in the country with my dogs and in the summer you will find me pottering in the greenhouse or in the garden. There is something very satisfying about growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Karen Wood - Executive Nurse and Management

Executive Nurse and Management

Becky Bass - PCN Manager

Hi, my name is Becky Bass, and I joined the Well Up North PCN in October 2021 as a Manager.  I currently manage the team of Social Prescribing GP Link Workers and Health and Wellbeing Coaches.  

I previously worked in education for over 20 years supporting families and children of all ages, up to 18 years offering support and mentoring with issues from social isolation, poverty, wellbeing and mindfulness, neglect, behaviour difficulties and children and families impacted by drugs and alcohol.  I have previously managed teams in a secondary school setting and whilst developing and managing a new drug and alcohol service for children and families.  Prior to taking on my role, I volunteered as a panel member for the Children's Hearing System and had just completed my training to chair.

I am really enjoying my new role and firmly believe in the ethos of mentoring and supporting the team and am looking forward to developing a patient centred approach to improve health outcomes across the Well Up North PCN.

Cindy Watters - HR Manager

HR Manager

David Thorne - Transformation Director

David is a former nurse who has occupied NHS roles for over 40 years. He has held senior positions within both hospitals and commissioning organisations across the north east. He has a longstanding interest in primary care working at scale having been a Chair, CEO and non-executive director of several primary care alliances. He is a past CCG Manager of the Year and has led multiple NHS service reviews, including as Programme Director of the original NHS 111 prototype scheme.

David has also worked in commercial health care roles for major global companies and continues to provide health policy advice on a consultancy basis. He has provided such advice to 200 different companies and is a recognised authority on the introduction of new medical technologies to the UK.

He lives in Rothbury, enjoys the hills and beaches of the county and is a keen but rapidly ageing member of the local gyms.

Katie Costa - PCN Manager

Hello, my name is Katie Costa. I joined the PCN back in June 2020 on a fixed term post to help support the management team. I more recently have successfully secured a full-time post within the PCN. My main area of focus will be overseeing the IIF targets; keeping track on the data; whilst working with practices to support and assist any change required, so we as a network can deliver the best care to all our patients.

I have worked within Primary care for over 10 years with over 3 years' experience as a practice manager. I ran several Quality improvement projects, which was my main passion in my previous job role, so I'm excited to have been given the opportunity to carry on with this within the PCN.

Melanie Perryman - Operations Officer

Hello, my name is Melanie Perryman. I joined Well Up North PCN in December 2021 as a PCN Care Coordinator. In May 2023 my career progressed within the organisation to Operations Officer with my key responsibilities being to implement health and safety policies and procedures ensuring compliance with health and safety legislation, provide administrative support for the executive team and to manage the day to day running of our Berwick Hub.

Before starting my new role, I worked in the Housing Industry for 14 years. I worked for a local Estate and Letting Agents. I began my career as a Sales Negotiator, before moving over to the rental side of the business, where I helped the company director manage around 250 residential properties in Berwick and the surrounding areas.

I am excited to have been given this opportunity to work as part of the PCN and I'm looking forward to supporting my primary care colleagues, while developing new skills along the way.

Rachel Scott - Finance Manager

Hello my name is Rachel and I am Well Up North's Finance Manager. I joined Well Up North in June 2021, prior to this I worked in an accountancy practice. I have worked in finance for the last 10 years, whilst completing my AAT qualification and working towards my ACA qualification.

I am responsible for all things finance! Whether that is processing the payroll, submitting claims for funding, completing budgets and cashflows or paying the bills! I work with the executive team to budget and plan recruitment of future staff to increase the services Well Up North can provide.

In my spare time you will either find me at my local Crossfit gym or hiking up a hill somewhere!

Naomi White - Clinical Research Nurse

My name is Naomi White, and I joined the PCN in October 2021 as a Clinical Research Nurse. I have 19 years' experience as a Nurse, mostly being in Accident and Emergency and then Primary Care as a Practice Nurse. During my work as a Practice Nurse, I have been involved in several research studies and loved the opportunities it provides to our Patients. This role enables me to help the General Practices within the PCN offer their patients involvement in many studies without taking up too much of the much-needed clinical time of the Practice Staff. I am passionate about nursing, research and most importantly, providing patients with high quality care.

Joe Waugh - Clinical Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

I commenced physiotherapy practice nearly 14 years ago. I completed rotational junior work in acute hospital and outpatient settings. In 2010 I began working as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist. In this time, I gained experience in trauma and orthopaedics, rheumatology and rehabilitative musculoskeletal physiotherapy. In 2014 I became one of the leading clinicians in the Hartford orthopaedic rehabilitation unit, leading on spinal care/ back pain.

From 2016 I moved into extended scope/ advanced practice. For over 5 years I have worked delivering interface clinics in IMATS and latterly JMAPS CATS. I combined this with nearly one year of first contact physiotherapy work at Greystoke surgery in Morpeth. Since 2018 I have been an injection therapist.

I hold an MSc, BSc (Hons) and PGCert. I am a committed life-long learner. I am a Health Education England Roadmap to Advanced Practice supervisor and am constantly seeking to improve myself and our service.

I am honoured to represent the physiotherapy team in the clinical lead role. We are all highly motivated to deliver gold-standard care to the communities of North Northumberland, our communities.  

Miles Callum - First Contact Physiotherapist

After 11 years working in Quality Assurance and Audit in the food manufacturing industry, I returned to university to study Physiotherapy.  I commenced Physiotherapy Practice in 2010 as a rotational Band 5 in Northumbria Healthcare Trust.  After completing rotations in Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedics, Respiratory and Elderly I secured a static position in MSK Physiotherapy as a Band 5 and then Band 6.  In this role I worked in a variety of environments from Primary Care and GP practice to Community Hospitals and Acute sites.  I gained experience in working with those with persistent pain which is a continuing interest of mine as well assessment and rehabilitation of MSK conditions.  Most recently I have worked for 3 years in Humber Teaching Trust as a Band 6 Physiotherapist in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

I am looking forward to this new challenge of a First Contact Physiotherapist and bringing my skills and experience to this new role.

Rebecca Mather - First Contact Physiotherapist

I have lived in Northumberland most of my life and am committed to providing a better service to my local area. I joined the PCN in September and am really enjoying my new role and making a difference to the local community.

I commenced physiotherapy practice 15 years ago. I completed rotational junior work in acute hospital and outpatient settings. In 2009 I began working as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Whilst in that role I gained experience in all key musculoskeletal areas including rheumatology, fracture clinic, Hartford rehabilitation unit, trauma and Orthopaedics. I have worked with sports teams providing pitch side cover and sports injury support.  I also have two kids and love to help out in the local community where I can.

I think I have worked at most hospital sites within Northumbria healthcare but for the last 8 years I was based at Alnwick working in outpatient physiotherapy.

I hold an BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. I am a committed life-long learner. I am a currently completing my Health Education England Roadmap Practice and am constantly seeking to improve myself and our service.

Sophie Hodgson - First Contact Physiotherapist

I commenced physiotherapy practice in late 2007 following my graduation. Having completed all the rotational junior work in acute hospital and outpatient settings I began working as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist in 2010. During this time, I gained experience in trauma and orthopaedics, Rheumatology and rehabilitative musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  My skills of specialist assessment and rehabilitation were further advanced during my time in the Hartford orthopaedic rehabilitation unit, working specifically in the Lower limb groups. I also became a clinical educator for the Physiotherapy student program and developed necessary resources within the trust to help improve delivery. I have been an active member in the upper limb specialist interest group and have helped to develop evidence-based protocols for use in practice, alongside regular delivery of training. In 2016 I moved into a team lead role working and running a local department with a responsibility to mentor more junior staff. In 2020 I became a specialist senior clinician working in JMAPS at NORTHUMBRIA before moving to work for Well Up North as a First Contact Physiotherapist.

Tim Sanderson - First Contact Physiotherapist

Having completed my physiotherapy degree 24 years ago, I then completed my rotational junior work in Middlesbrough acute hospital and outpatient settings. In 2001 I began working principally as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist. In that time, although working part-time, I gained experience in trauma, orthopaedics, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I also worked on the GP led, care of the elderly ward in Berwick Infirmary. In more recent years, I was heavily involved in virtual Telemedicine orthopaedic clinics which covered elective and trauma assessment cases with an orthopaedic consultant at WGH. I have worked in private practice on a part time basis for many years which also includes a small caseload of insurance referrals.

I am honoured to be part of a ground-breaking first contact physiotherapy team. There are daily challenges and many learning opportunities which pushes us to deliver a first-class service.

David Pearse - Lead Clinical Pharmacist

Hello, my name is David Pearse I have worked for the PCN since September 2022 and am responsible for leading the team of Clinical pharmacists and Lead Pharmacy Technician.

I completed my Master of Pharmacy degree in 1997 at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. After which I moved to the North East where I worked as a Community Pharmacist for 25 years. In that time I have been responsible for leading pharmacy teams to deliver high quality services to local patients. Many of the roles I have held have been in Northumberland and I am passionate about the county I now call home.

I am married and have one son. We enjoy time away all round the UK in our caravan and for the last few years this has included our two dogs, Dexter and Snoopy. We also enjoy trips abroad and have had the pleasure of seeing many places around the world together. My wife and I have been married for 19 years and I'm sure she'll be due her medal soon!

I am looking forward to continue to grow my team and develop the part they play in improve the health and wellbeing of our local patients.

Duncan Moody - Clinical Pharmacist

Clinical Pharmacist

Jack Lees - Clinical Pharmacist

Hello, my name is Jack Lees and I’m one of the clinical pharmacists within the PCN.

I am originally from Bradford. I moved up to the Northeast to study at Sunderland University as a pharmacist and now live and work in the Northeast.

I graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Sunderland in 2017.  After my graduation I spent a year in Sheffield in community pharmacy as a pre-registration pharmacist before returning to the North east following a successful pre-registration exam.  Once qualified I again worked in community pharmacy in several roles as a: relief, store-based pharmacist and eventually a pharmacist manager.  After a couple of years in community pharmacy I wanted to try something new and when I investigated the role of a PCN pharmacist it’s something I knew I would enjoy. I am enjoying the challenges that primary care has to offer and I am grateful to partake in such impactful work.

My main clinical interests are in mental health and pain; I plan on eventually specialising in one of these areas. I enjoy speaking to patients about their health and giving them the tools and knowledge to improve their lives through medication/medical knowledge.

I have a keen interest in sports, cooking, computing, history and philosophy.  I also love to travel.

Nigel Szczepaniak - Clinical Pharmacist

Hello, my name is Nigel Szczepaniak and I've been working within the PCN as a clinical pharmacist since November 2021.  Before that I spent many years working in hospital and community pharmacy so I bring plenty of experience to this role.

I work with local surgeries and support the staff there by conducting medication reviews and answering medication queries.  The role is constantly developing which gives me plenty of opportunity to broaden my skills and knowledge.

I'm looking forward to becoming increasingly involved in helping to meet the healthcare needs of patients in the Well Up North PCN area.

Waseem Shaukat - Clinical Pharmacist

Hi, my name is Waseem. I joined the PCN in November 2020 as a Clinical Pharmacist. Some of my tasks involve, conducting medication reviews, medication queries, drug monitoring, helping with discharge and clinical letters and medicine optimisation to ensure patients are on the best medicine to manage their condition and in a form that is most suitable.  I have also been involved in the Alnwick Covid-19 vaccination clinics. I am currently enrolled onto a foundation programme to further develop my skills and maximise my potential. Since joining the PCN I’ve learnt a whole new set of skills which I plan to develop further as I progress.  

My role continues to develop as I learn new skills and I look forward to working with other healthcare professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Andrew Thornton - Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Andrew Thornton and I work as a Pharmacy Technician within the Well Up North PCN. I started this role in October 2022, before this role I worked in the Outer West Newcastle PCN for 18 months. Before working in primary care, I worked in community pharmacy for 15 years for Boots, where I worked through various job roles, starting as a Counter Assistant before becoming a Dispenser, Pharmacy Technician, Accuracy Checking Technician and eventually Pharmacy Manager.

The PCN have asked me to be a tutor for a new pre-reg pharmacy technician starting in the near future. I am passionate about training and development and I feel privileged to be able to support pre-reg technicians as they work through their qualifications.

The role of PCN technician is always evolving. I will be working initially on numerous IIF indicators, ensuring robust monitoring systems are in place as well as supporting the practices with medication queries.

I am very much looking forward to this new role in Northumberland and excited to see how the PCN develops over the coming years.

Erin Lindsay - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Erin Lindsay and I have just started with the PCN at the beginning of January as a pre-registration pharmacy technician in Wooler.

I am looking forward to bringing my experience to the role from working as a dispenser for over a decade in community pharmacy and a dispensing doctor’s surgery.

I have recently moved to Wooler from the Scottish Borders, so I am really looking forward to getting to know and support the community and the team!

Gayle Renton - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Hi, I'm Gayle and I'm a Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician. I joined the PCN in March 2021. For the previous 18 years I worked as Practice Medicines Manager at Well Close Medical Group. During this period, I accumulated a huge amount of knowledge and experience in all aspects of prescribing in primary care.

Currently I still do some medicines management work at Well Close, as well as a two day placement each week at Lloyds Pharmacy. Together with the pharmacy technician coursework and study it's a busy but rewarding time for me. I'm excited to see how the role of Pharmacy Technician within the Well Up North PCN develops in the coming years.

Laura Butroid - Clinical Pharmacy Technician Lead

My name is Laura Butroid and I currently hold the position of Clinical Pharmacy Technician Lead at Well Up North PCN. I joined the PCN in January 2021, following a decade-long tenure at Alnwick Medical Group, where I worked within medicines management.

Prior to my work in primary care, I spent 14 years in community pharmacy, where I completed my Pharmacy Technician training and became a qualified Pharmacy Technician in 2010.

In my current role as Clinical Pharmacy Technician Lead, my responsibilities include overseeing the activities of the Clinical Pharmacy Technicians and Pre-Registration trainee Pharmacy Technicians. Within the PCN, I provide guidance and support to four Multi-sector Pre-registration trainee Pharmacy Technicians throughout their training. I am particularly passionate about Pre-registration trainee Pharmacy Technician training, as the pharmacy sector is facing a significant shortage of skilled professionals in this field. I consider it a privilege to contribute to the sector by offering assistance and support in my capacity.

Additionally, I am seconded to NHS England's Northeast and Yorkshire School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation as the Regional Facilitator for the Pre-registration trainee Pharmacy Technician integrated training scheme. In this role, I oversee the regional expansion project for pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians.

I have a real passion for pharmacy, primary care and training and enjoy every aspect of my role. I'm excited at what the future holds with PCNs, and how my role develops further.

Louise Davison - Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Lucinda Hornsby - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Hi, my name is Lucinda Hornsby. I joined the PCN in November 2021 as a Pre-Registered Pharmacy Technician in Alnwick.  

I have worked at Alnwick Medical Group for over 6 years and looking forward to expanding my knowledge and gaining more experience.  

I also work once a week in placement at the Health Hut Pharmacy in Morpeth.  

Nathan Dougherty - Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Nathan Dougherty and I started my role as a pre-registration pharmacy technician at Well Up North PCN in April 2023. 

I have over 7 years experience in the pharmacy industry. This began in 2014 through a retail apprenticeship course at Boots Pharmacy, Northern Ireland. In 2015 I relocated to Devon with my fiancé and completed my NVQ level 2 in both healthcare and dispensing. In 2017 we moved back to Northern Ireland where I worked at Clear Pharmacy and then Lloyds Pharmacy. During this time, I completed a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Science and a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. We have relocated to Northumberland so that I can continue my studies to become a fully qualified pharmacy technician within the PCN.

We have been especially attracted to Northumberland due to the amazing coastline, the hills and believe it or not, the drier climate. 

In my spare time I enjoy lengthy dog walks with my Cocker Spaniel, and maintain a high level of fitness through running, cycling, and swimming. 

Sarah Wright - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Hi, my name is Sarah Wright. I joined the PCN in March of 2023 as a Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician. Although I am relatively new to my journey to becoming a Pharmacy Technician and to the PCN, I bring with me experience of working in a hospital dispensary setting, as well as pharmacy manufacturing experience from my time as an Assistant Technical Officer in a local hospital-based Pharmacy Production Unit. I am looking forward to being more directly involved with patient care in a Primary Care setting at Coquet Medical Group, as well as working two days a week for Cromies Pharmacy in Amble. I am excited to see how my career within the PCN develops in the future.

Shannon Catling - Pharmacy Technician

Hi I'm Shannon Catling, a Clinical Pharmacy Technician at Well Up North PCN. I started as a pre-registration pharmacy technician in August 2021 and I have recently completed my course to become a registered pharmacy technician. Prior to joining the PCN, I worked in Medicines Management at Alnwick Medical Group for 6 years. 

I will be covering four GP surgeries, including Greystoke, Gas House Lane, Alnwick Medical Group, and Wooler Surgery, while being based in Morpeth hub. I am thrilled to be a part of the PCN team and I'm excited to witness its growth in the years to come.

Alice Leightley - Cancer Support Worker

Hello, my name is Alice Leightley and I have just started working as a Cancer Support Worker for Well Up North. This is a brand-new exciting role which will help cancer patients and their families access the help and support they need in what can be a very challenging and daunting time. I have previously worked as a Healthcare Assistant in Alnwick, and I also work as a Nursing Assistant for Hospice Care North Northumberland in my spare time. Patient centred care is something I strongly believe in, and I love to be able to help patients in their most difficult times, ensuring they are always able to have the best quality of life possible. I live with my partner, and we are utterly spoilt by picturesque views which makes any day just that little bit brighter!

Carol Gunn - GP Link worker

I am one of the GP Link Workers for Social Prescribing and am part of the North team. I commenced with the Well Up North PCN in February 2020.

Social Prescribing starts with a conversation with the patient, listening to them using a "What Matters to Me" approach to find out how we can help them to have more control over their own health and find ways to improve it. This can be through signposting to other services for support for example support with debt, housing, employment, or a referral to Social Services. It can also be connecting to local groups to avoid loneliness or isolation. We also support the set up a new community groups if we identify a gap in local provision.

I started my career as a Chef and in 2001 decided on a career change and commenced in Social Care. I was a Home Carer for 5 years before moving to residential care and worked in a Scottish Local Authority run care home for 13 years. Whilst there, I gained several qualifications including an HNC in Social Care. SVQ 4 in Health and Social Care and an SVQ 4 in Management.

Janette Casson - Dementia Link Worker

My name is Jan Casson, and I am a GP Link Worker for people living with dementia, and I cover all the practices in ‘Well up North’.

From college to retirement, I worked mainly with babies and small children and their families, managing everything from workplace day nurseries for St Thomas Hospital and Sainsbury's, family centres for National Children's Homes, Social Services and Sure Start, and latterly Children's Centres in Northumberland from Alnwick and Rothbury to Wooler and Berwick.

I have an MA in Childhood, Youth and Community and in 2005 I was awarded an MBE for services to children and families; I was also part of a team who were awarded a Queens Nursing Institute Award for innovation in community work.

During my career, I regularly undertook bank work with older people in Care homes and hospitals, so when I retired, I decided that was what I wanted to do next. I have worked in enhanced care facilities, care at home services, independent living accommodation, and until 2020 as a Side-by-Side Coordinator for the Alzheimer's Society.

I love a challenge and the work with the PCN provides huge opportunities for developing bespoke social prescribing services for our communities.

Linda Harvey - Social Prescribing Link Worker

Hello, my name is Linda Harvey and I am a social prescribing link worker based in Alnwick and I joined the team in June 2023. I have previously worked as a social worker, a retirement housing manager, and a dementia advisor for a national charity.  I especially enjoy meeting people and working within a team setting.  It is my passion to be able to support patients to break down barriers so they can access the services they need, to connect patients to the local community and to focus on working with the patient to achieve their own identified positive outcomes. I am local, was born in Alnwick and lived here until I was in my mid 30's when I moved to Scotland for around 20 years. I really love being so close to the stunning coastline and being only 1 hour away from Newcastle and Edinburgh. 

Lisa Baker - GP Link Worker

Hi! I am Lisa, the latest GP Link Worker to join the Well Up North team. I am excited to work with people to improve their health and wellbeing by empowering them to make their own positive choices.    

I have previously worked for the NHS and been involved in local community services in various forms over the years and have a great knowledge of the wonderful things available to help and support people in Northumberland.

I have lived in Northumberland all my life and I love walking the beautiful beaches & woodlands with my little dog. 

Lorna Chappell - GP Link Worker

Hi!  My name is Lorna Chappell and I am one of the Social Prescribers for Well up North (WUN) – your own local Primary Care Network.  Most of the time we are just called GP Link Workers. I am part of the Northern Team along with my colleague, Carol Gunn. 

During my life, I have been a Young Carer, lived and worked for 5 years in a foreign country, learnt, and spoken a new language and worked with people for many years across the Voluntary and Adult Learning Sectors.

I discovered my love of and thirst for learning again in my 30s when I found myself at home with young children. The Open University saved my life!  I studied Psychology first which then led me to do courses in counselling, Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Adult Learning.  I went on to work in the Adult Learning Sector for 25 years until the 2011 change in government funding.  Through helping a friend out with her mum, I accidentally fell into the role of a private Carer which I enjoyed for 8 years before I decided that I was needed at home more.

All my personal and work life experience has built up a useful library of knowledge, tools, and resources for doing my job. I love working with the patients who live in our area to support them with the wide variety of issues they face on a day-to-day basis.  The work ranges from providing practical support and sometimes solutions to being a "listening ear" and everything in between….

Miranda Hughes - GP Link Worker for Social Prescribing

My name is Miranda Hughes, and I joined the PCN as a GP Link Worker for Social Prescribing in 2020. Prior to this, I worked in various healthcare roles including Occupational Therapy Assistant and Health Trainer, after backpacking a decent chunk of the globe. Before that, I travelled the country as a professional dancer for several years once I'd completed my degree. 

I am passionate about social prescribing, and I feel that together with the other fantastic services provided by the PCN, patients are becoming empowered to take control of their health and wellbeing in a unique and effective way. I find the diversity of expertise and skills across the PCN inspiring, and am proud to be part of the team.

Outside of work, I am a competitive paddler (specifically dragon boat and outrigger canoe racing) and can often be found racing at national events - myself and the crew I race with are currently the proud holders of the Women's 500m gold medal! I also love growing my own food and spending time in the great outdoors with my new baby son. 

Natalie Arnold - GP Link Worker

Hi, I'm Natalie and I'm a Social Prescribing [general practice] Link Worker. I'm fortunate enough to have been one of the first link workers in post when we started the service back in January 2020 and following a short break during covid-19 have returned to the service. 

I have a varied background having worked for local government for eight years before pursuing a more creative outlet working on a make-up counter as well as freelance work - I always liked to think I was in at the deep-end of a shallow industry and discovered that what I enjoyed most was empowering people, providing a listening ear and helping people feel good about themselves.

Following a move across the country, I began working in primary care as a GP receptionist before being promoted as patient liaison coordinator; dealing with complaints, patient engagement, social media and introducing social prescribing activities.

I'm passionate about social prescribing, which again allows me to empower others to take control of their health and wellbeing and improve their confidence.

As well as working full-time I am also studying for BSc degree in Psychology.

Rebecca Hall - Health & Wellbeing Coach

Hi my name is Becca; I live In the Scottish Borders with my husband and our young son.  I'm a new Health and Wellbeing coach for the Well up North Primary Care Network. I have just started my role in July 2022 after having various clinical and relationship type jobs. I was a relief Pharmacy Dispenser for 9 years travelling all over Northumberland. I also have medical receptionist training and experience and have recently been a school receptionist.  I was ready for a new challenge, and this is a dream job for me. 

I studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and I have a passion for painting, drawing and sculpture.  I became interested in Art Therapy, and I immersed myself in the tranquillity of forgetting the world around me and expressing a talent that I will always treasure. I think it's so important to take charge of your own wellbeing and as much as I will be engaged in helping others to reach their goals, I know this job will help me reach mine too. I am hoping in the future I can run my own Art Therapy groups within the GP practices and bring a little yoga for the mind.

Sophie Guy - Cancer Support Worker

Hi, my name is Sophie.  I recently joined Well Up North PCN in a new role as Cancer Support Worker.  I live in Northumberland with my 2 children, and I am excited to begin this journey of supporting individuals with a cancer diagnosis to live well

After graduating from Northumbria University I have worked predominately in the public and charity sector specifically developing dementia friendly communities and providing education and training to professional bodies.  My other experience is knowledge management within Northumbria Police Force.

When not at work you will most likely find me attempting to go to the gym but ending up in the spa!

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