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Our Staff

Dr Saul Miller - Clinical Director

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.

Hilary Brown - Management Executive

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.

Dr Neil Forster - Clinical Executive

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.

Sophie Wrightson - Business Manager

Sophie Wrightson - Business Manager

I have been proudly working for the NHS for almost eleven years, and for the last nine of those, I have worked in leadership and management roles within both Primary and Secondary Care.

Having initially supported Well Up North as a secondment opportunity in 2019, I was delighted to return as Business Manager in 2020.  My role covers a broad range of areas including operational, strategic and project management, HR, and recruitment of the Well Up North's Staff Team.  

I am hugely passionate about supporting my primary care colleagues in delivering high quality, patient centred care within North Northumberland.

Katie Costa - PCN Manager

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.

Becky Bass - PCN Manager

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.

Rachel Scott - Finance Officer

Rachel Scott - Finance Officer

Hello my name is Rachel and I am Well Up North's Finance Officer. 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!

David Thorne - Business Development Director

David Thorne - Business Development 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.

Melanie Perryman - Care Coordinator

Melanie Perryman - Care Coordinator

Hello, my name is Melanie Perryman. I joined Well Up North PCN in December 2021 as a PCN Care Coordinator. I am a PA to Joe our Clinical Lead First Contact Physiotherapist and Nick our Clinical Lead Pharmacist. I also provide administrative support to the Executive and Management team.

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.

Karen Gibson - Care Coordinator Health & Inequalities

Karen Gibson - Care Coordinator Health & Inequalities

I have recently started working for the PCN (Jan 22).  Prior to this I worked for the NHS in Newcastle upon Tyne working with a range of staff and patient groups within both a hospital and community setting.  Most recently as a clinical coordinator in a specialist Community Dental Services (CDS) working from 4 citywide sites in areas of high deprivation.   I've also worked within Women's Services, Paediatrics and Patient Services.  I believe in lifelong learning and have qualifications in Leadership and Management (ILM).

Prior to my NHS career I worked in the Charitable & Voluntary Sector under various roles – Centre Manager (Sports Centre), Youth and Community Centre Manager, and as Youth build Manager (Homeless Accommodation Service and Skill Development Programme for Under 25yr olds). All these projects provided activities to support people to better health, education and employment.

Friends would describe me as friendly, approachable, pragmatic, and highly passionate about the injustice of health inequalities in the North.

Away from work, I love to go walking in Northumberland with my black lab "Finlay" and where we are currently looking to purchase our "forever home".  I like nothing better than walking between Seahouses and Bamburgh beaches with my boy!  I am also a bit of a "geek" when it comes to certain things – music, technology and travel.  I love live gigs and have an eclectic taste in music – From Barbra Streisand to Sam Fender and everything in between!   I really embrace new technology – Teams and Zoom have changed the way we do things in such a positive way!  I also love to travel and still have a "bucket list" of places to go and explore.

Joe Waugh - Clinical Lead First Contact Physiotherapist

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.  

Tim Sanderson - 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.

Rebecca Mather - First Contact Physiotherapist

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.

Miles Callum - First Contact Physiotherapist

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.

Sophie Hodgson - First Contact Physiotherapist

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.

Nick H - Clinical Lead Pharmacist

Nick H - Clinical Lead Pharmacist

My name is Nick. I am the Lead Pharmacist for the Well Up North Pharmacy Team. I am an experienced pharmacist with 35 years' experience of working in community, industry and for the NHS. I have worked as a clinical pharmacist in both the hospital and primary care sectors of the NHS. I was the first pharmacist employed in a GP surgery in Somerset and now make my home in North Northumberland.

In addition to my degree in Pharmacy I have a clinical Masters degree and a Management Masters degree, I am also an independent prescriber.

Whilst leading my excellent team I also maintain my clinical commitments to several practices within the PCN carrying out Structured Medication reviews and other reviews of patients as the needs of patients dictates. I enjoy my contact with patients very much and believe that the pharmacy team complement the other services provided by other healthcare professionals in striving for the best care for patients in North Northumberland.

Jack Lees - 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.

Waseem Shaukat - Clinical Pharmacist

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.

Nigel Szczepaniak - Clinical Pharmacist

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.

Laura Butroid - Pharmacy Technician

Laura Butroid - Pharmacy Technician

Hello, my name is Laura Butroid and I work as a Pharmacy Technician within the Well Up North PCN. I started this role in January 2021, before this role I worked in primary care for ten years at Alnwick Medical Group as a Practice Medicines Manager. Before working in primary care, I worked in community pharmacy for 14 years, where I did my Pharmacy Technician training, I qualified as a Pharmacy Technician in 2010.

My job role as a Pharmacy Technician within the PCN is to lead the Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technicians. The PCN has four Cross-sector Pre-registration Pharmacy Technicians that I support throughout their training. I am very passionate about Pre-registration Pharmacy Technician training; the pharmacy sector has such a shortage of Pharmacy Technicians and I feel privileged to be able to assist and support the sector in the capacity that I do.

As part of my role within the PCN, I'm also seconded to Health Education England's North School of Pharmacy and Medicines Optimisation as a Primary Care Pharmacy Practice Learning Facilitator covering the North East and North Cumbria ICS. I support Educational Supervisors with Pre-registration Pharmacy Technicians on the Cross-sector programme, I support Pharmacy Technicians newly employed by GP practices /PCNs signposting them to training and resources and identifying gaps in education and training. I lead on Educational Supervisor meetings, support training and co-chair the Primary Care Pharmacy Technician Support Meetings for the North Of England.

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.

Gayle Renton - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

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.

Shannon Catling - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Shannon Catling - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

Hi, my name is Shannon Catling. I joined the PCN in August 2021 as a Pre-Registered Pharmacy Technician, based in Alnwick Medical Group.

I've worked in Alnwick doctors for 5 years now. I am also working in placement once a week at the Health Hut in Morpeth to widen my knowledge in Pharmacy.

Lucinda Hornsby - Pre-Registration 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.  

Erin Lindsay - Pre-Registration Pharmacy Technician

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!

Jane Cannam - GP Link Worker

Jane Cannam - GP Link Worker

Hello, I am Jane Cannam one of five GP Link Workers for Social Prescribing working for the PCN.  Moving from Kent I have been part of the original team that set up the social prescribing service.  It's great to work with patients supporting non clinical interventions to improve health and wellbeing.  My role includes one to one support, effecting signposting to specialist services and the promotion of community involvement.  We've set up PCN Book Club, a Knit and Natter group, run Yoga classes and our Allotment Project is about to go live.  It such a great opportunity to create links between Primary Care and the community and to see the positive benefits this has on our patients.

Lorna Chappell - GP Link Worker

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….

Carol Gunn - GP Link worker

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.

Miranda Sheehy

Miranda Sheehy

GP Link Worker

Natalie Arnold - GP Link Worker

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.

Lisa Baker - GP Link Worker

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. 

Janette Casson - Dementia Link Worker

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.

Tom Henderson - Health & Wellbeing Coach

Tom Henderson - Health & Wellbeing Coach

Hi, my name is Tom Henderson and I’m a new Health and Wellbeing Coach with Well Up North PCN. The Health and Wellbeing Coaching service is here to support over 18’s looking to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellbeing. This is through a holistic person-centred approach, working with patients to identify what is important for them, set goals and come up with a plan together of how to achieve those goals. Typical sessions involve elements of motivational interviewing and application of behaviour change techniques and are offered in person, over the phone or a combination of both.

My background is in Sport and Exercise Sciences, graduating in 2019 from Northumbria University with a MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology after completing a BSc in Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences. Prior to this role, I worked as a coach on Type 2 diabetes prevention and management to help patients make positive lifestyle changes.

I am passionate about empowering people to take control and improve their own health and am really enjoying engaging with patients throughout the PCN area!

Steven Temple - Health & Wellbeing Coach

Steven Temple - Health & Wellbeing Coach

Hello, my name is Steven Temple and I have recently joined the Well Up North PCN team as a Health and Wellbeing Coach. I have worked in the Leisure industry for almost 33 years in a variety of positions including Swimming Teacher, Sports Coach, Assistant Manager and most recently General Manager. Within my career I have gained numerous coaching certificates and have a vast knowledge of working within a team and providing an excellent customer service experience. I have also worked as a Youth Worker for 30 years within voluntary and school-based projects.

As a Health and Wellbeing Coach I am looking forward to supporting patients to make some new life changing habits. Setting realistic goals together and helping people achieve them through non-judgemental negotiation and communication. As a team we can reduce health risks, while improving chronic conditions, and increasing health equality of life.

Jake Birkett - Health and Wellbeing Coach

Jake Birkett - Health and Wellbeing Coach

Hi, my name is Jake Birkett and I am one of the Health and Wellbeing Coaches at Well up North PCN. I joined my role in 2022 having prior worked in health and wellbeing at Nuffield Health across the North of England and Scotland for the past 3 years.

I graduated from Northumbria University in 2018 after completing an undergraduate degree in Sport, Exercise and Nutrition and a master's degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. I am passionate about a patient led approach in healthcare and am proud to be a part of that movement within the NHS. Growing up and living in the North East makes me excited to help as much as I can to make the lives of people within our PCN better!

Beverly Lawrie - Clinical Lead Mental Health Team

Beverly Lawrie - Clinical Lead Mental Health Team

My name is Bev Lawrie and I am delighted to say that I have recently started work at Well up North PCN as Clinical lead for mental health, my role includes developing and implementing mental health services into the PCN.

I am passionate about mental health which can be seen by my lengthy career within this speciality where I trained as a registered psychiatric nurse many years ago! During this time, I have worked within a range of mental health settings including acute psychiatric admissions, community treatment teams, primary care, Improving access to psychological services (IAPT) Crisis team and for previous 7 years in Psychiatric Liaison Team.

Skills and Training – biopsychosocial assessment, risk assessment and management, psychological therapies including CBT, EMDR, EFT, Groupwork, Counselling and coaching.   

On a personal level I have strong connections to Northumberland where I have lived for over 20 years and spent my childhood in the area during school holidays with my grandparents who lived in Northumberland (not so north as “well up North”)

I am married with four children who are now young adults and older adults, a granddaughter and I have a chihuahua dog who enjoys long walks (for a chihuahua) as I do. I also enjoy cycling, cooking, gardening, singing and since the Pandemic have realised the importance of connecting with and being with my family, friends, colleagues, and people.

This is an exciting time in terms of developing a more integrated service for mental health patients within primary care. I feel both privileged and excited to be part of this.

I am looking forward to working with you all in the PCN and keen to see how the service develops and grows.

"Good mental health can positively affect your physical health. In return, poor mental health can negatively affect your physical health" (Dan Brennan 2021)

Victoria Oates

Victoria Oates

My name is Victoria and I started working with Well Up North’s Mental Health Team in November 2021. I am an Occupational Therapist by Profession with almost 25 years of mental health experience working for the NHS in a mental health Trust called Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust ( CNTW).

I have always worked as an Occupational Therapist in various mental health settings where we address levels of daily functioning and how this can be affected when we have a decline in mental health. The link between mental health and physical health is important to acknowledge too.

I have previously worked on the admission wards in a psychiatric hospital where I also worked into The Mother & Baby Regional Specialist Unit and special Care Unit. I also worked into longer term rehabilitation to support patients in the transition into life off the hospital site and into local communities. I started working in more community-based services 20 years ago where I worked into a day centre then worked in a Community Mental Health Team. More recently I worked in the Autism Diagnostic Team for almost 2 years prior to coming to this post.

My skill set: assessing how people function and the impact mental health can have on daily activities,  Solution Oriented Brief Therapy ( CBT approach) to problem solve and finds ways to support people to improve their current situation, leadership and Management course, diagnostic skills for autism spectrum disorder, complex mental health presentations, risk assessment and risk management skills, Psychosocial Intervention (PSI), awareness training in Dialetical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and recent training in supporting those bereaved by suicide.

We have been working to develop a new mental health service for people registered with Well Up North in collaboration with the Mental Health Trust. This means we can support people to access appointments with Mental Health Practitioners in their GP Practice relatively quickly. We can refer to colleagues such as Link Workers, Physiotherapists, Talking Matters Northumberland (TMN) and other services in the mental Health Trust if appropriate.

I look forward to being involved in this exciting opportunity of service development and am looking forward to working closely with all the Primary Care Network.

Beth Meakin - Mental Health Team

Beth Meakin - Mental Health Team

Hi, my name is Beth and I have recently been employed as a Primary Mental Health Occupational Therapist for Well Up North. I will be covering the Well Close and Union Brae – Berwick, Glendale and Cheviot – Wooler, Alnwick Medical Group – Alnwick GP surgeries.

I graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2006 with a BSC Hons Occupational Therapy degree.  I then commenced employment with (what it was known as then) – CAMHS – now known as CYPS.  I worked there for almost 15 years – working within the different teams and developing my skills. I have worked with a range of different presentations in my time at CYPS.  ASD, ADHD, anxiety, behavioural and emotional difficulties, low mood, bereavement, emerging personality disorder, OCD and self-harm. I have completed a 16 week Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) introductory course which has enabled me to use CBT approaches within my interventions.  I have also completed the two week intensive Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) training to qualify me to use DBT within my practice.  I have many intervention tools I have used over the years which I am currently adapting to suit an older client group.

I am very excited to be part of a new service promoting access to mental health support.  My passion is to help people and I feel in this new role I will be able to do just that. 

Naomi White - Clinical Research Nurse

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.

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