Our team

The board

Dr James Burden

Clinical Director
rutland health pcn

I joined Uppingham Surgery in early 2020 but have lived locally in Kibworth Harcourt for 20 years.  I have a great deal of experience in Safeguarding Children and Adults, Medical Education and workforce planning for GP Primary Care. I enjoy having the opportunity to deliver continuity of care and joined the PCN in December 2021 to help improve services to the local population of Rutland.  

Nicola Turnbull

PCN MANAGER
rutland health pcn

I began working within the NHS in 2018 and have gained extensive experience at Empingham Medical Centre. I am excited to build on this experience within the PCN, and in my role I will support the clinical director and board members through communications and delivery of projects.

Vicki Abbott

Practice Manager
Uppingham Surgery

I have over 20 years’ experience in primary care and have gained a vast knowledge and experience of the NHS during this time. I am not afraid to challenge working practices, and I hold a strong belief in future proofing the NHS for generations to come.

Clare Jackson

Business Manager
Uppingham Surgery

I joined Uppingham Surgery in June 2005, becoming the Business Manager in 2017. I have been involved with the Rutland Primary Care Network since it was created in 2019 and I have a particular interest in finance and contracting.

Ian Halcrow

Practice Business Manager
Empingham Medical Centre

I have a varied career background having worked in the engineering, insurance, and legal sectors. I am now responsible for the day-to-day running of Empingham Medical Centre.

Vikki Hughes

Practice Operations Manager
EMpingham Medical Centre

I joined Empingham Medical Centre in 2019 as Patient Services Manager after spending 5 years working as Rutland’s Integrated Care Coordinator.  I have recently taken up the post of Practice Operations Manager within the surgery. I am committed to working together with colleagues within Rutland Primary Care Network to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Lizzie Jones

Practice Manager
Oakham Medical Centre

I have worked at Oakham Medical Practice for over 30 years. I started in the reception team and have built my career through a variety of roles, such as IT manager. I now utilise my experience to oversee HR, Ops and Intelligence for the practice. I hope that through the PCN we will see more joint projects – building on the success of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Claire Southerington

Practices manager
market overton and somerby

I joined Market Overton and Somerby Surgeries in 2013 as a Reception Dispenser after spending 17 years as a Customer Services Manager for a local Rutland company. I am now responsible for the overall day to day operations of both Surgeries. Having lived in Rutland all my life, I am committed to working together with our colleagues within the Rutland Primary Care Network to ensure the best outcomes possible for our patients.

Dr. Andrew Wass

board member and gp partner
uppingham surgery

I qualified as a GP in 1994 and have worked continually ever since as a GP. My areas of special interest include minor surgery, palliative care, I.T. and medicines management. My ethos has been to offer a friendly, accessible service and in simple terms provide a level of care that I would like if I was a patient at the practice. I thrive on reflection and enjoy looking at ways ‘to work smarter not harder’.

Dr. Viren Mistry

board member and gp partner
uppingham surgery

I have been working as a GP Partner at Uppingham Surgery since 2010. I feel it is a huge privilege to serve the patients we look after and want to offer the best clinical care we can. I believe by working together across Rutland we can share excellent practice and become a stronger voice for our patients when it comes to delivering healthcare in Rutland.

Dr. James Thorpe

Board Member and gp partner
EMPINGHAM MEDICAL CENTRE

I have been a GP partner at Empingham Medical Centre since 2010. I am committed to the Rutland vision of the Primary Care Network model, in which our individual practices find opportunities to work and cooperate together, to enhance and develop what is possible to offer our combined population of patients.

Dr. Neil Hansford

board member and gp partner
Oakham Medical Practice

More information coming soon.

Dr. Ryszard Bietzk

Board member and gp partner
Market overton and somerby surgeries

More information coming soon.

Cheryl Swain

Board member and lead nurse
rutland health pcn

I have been nursing since 1996 and started nursing in Primary Healthcare in 2005. Having worked in both Military and Civilian environments I have gained my experience in various settings both in the UK and abroad. I have most recently been working at the Uppingham Surgery since March 2015. I am passionate about delivering a sustainable and high standard of Primary Healthcare to our patients. By working together across the PCN will we be able to provide a reliable, proactive, and patient-focused service to all Rutland residents alike. 

Mehboob Pasta

Board member and lead pharmacist
rutland health Pcn

More information coming soon.

Staff employed by the PCN to work across the practices

Laura Cousins

proactive Care coordinator
rutland health pcn

Whilst at University, I began working in the NHS as an administrator for the COVID 19 vaccination programme. I have now joined Rutland PCN as a Proactive Care Coordinator where I have primarily been focusing on managing the Covid 19 vaccination booster programme. 

Eilidh Potter

proactive Care coordinator
rutland health pcn

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My name is Eilidh and I have worked at Empingham Medical Centre since 2017 in Patient Services and as a secretary. I  joined Rutland PCN in January 2022 where I work with all the surgeries to make a difference for all the patients as a care coordinator. 

Georgina Baker

proactive Care coordinator
rutland health pcn

george PCN

During my time at South Leicestershire Medical Group I gained a variety of experience from working in Patient Services and as their Safeguarding Coordinator. My role as a Proactive Care Coordinator fulfils my passion for making a difference to patient’s health outcomes, and their well-being, and working in collaboration with others to achieve this

Izzy Petrie

Health and wellbeing coach
rutland health pcn

My name is Izzy, I have worked for the NHS for the past 14 years and started my role with the Rutland PCN as a Health and Wellbeing Coach in 2020. I am here to support the health and wellbeing of Rutland patients and staff, to help individuals make positive and lasting changes to their health with a personalised ‘What Matters to You’ approach. We can cover various aspects of health, including wellbeing, physical activity, healthy eating and lifestyle choices together. I aim to encourage you every step of the way, teaching you the tools and techniques to maintain Long term Lifestyle Changes.

Carla Fall

social prescribing link worker
rutland health pcn

More information coming soon.

Jane Leigh

MSK First Contact Practitioner
rutland health pcn

I qualified in London in 1991 and have worked  since  then  for UHL . I started  as a First  Contact Practitioner  in August 2020  in  Leicester and moved to  Rutland PCN in April 2022.

Clare Tyler

msk first contact practitioner
rutland health pcn

After qualifying as a physiotherapist in 2008 I have worked in a variety of NHS specialisms. I commenced my role with Rutland PCN as MSK First Contact Practitioner in November 2021.

Rose Mubwanda

mental health practitioner
rutland health pcn

More information coming soon.

Henna Hamid

Clinical Pharmacist
rutland health pcn

I have been a pharmacist for 5 years and joined Rutland PCN in 2020. I work as part of the general practice team to improve value and outcomes from medicines and consult with and treat patients directly. This includes providing extra help to manage long-term conditions, advice for those on multiple medicines and better access to health checks. I am involved with carrying out structured medication reviews, medicine reconciliation and reauthorising medication requests.  

Based at Market Overton and Somerby Surgeries

Ajay Patel

Clinical Pharmacist
rutland health pcn

I have been working as a pharmacist since 2013. I’ve worked in different pharmaceutical sectors and have found working in General Practice has been the most rewarding.  I look forward to developing a good rapport with the local community as well as delivering projects to benefit the population within the Rutland PCN. 

Based at Uppingham Surgery

Pritesh Patel

Clinical Pharmacist
rutland health pcn

More information coming soon.

Based at Oakham Medical Practice

Gurpal Singh

Clinical Pharmacist
rutland health pcn

More information coming soon.

Hiresh Morjaria

Clinical Pharmacist
rutland health pcn

I have been a pharmacist for over 5 years now – having worked in community, outpatients and within GP practices. I am involved with dealing with any medication queries, letters, and reviews.

Based at Empingham Medical Centre

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