Our Staff

Doctors

Dr David Brandon

Lead GP

Dr David Brandon re-joined the Surgery in December 2018, having previously worked here as a salaried GP in 2015. Dr Brandon is part of the senior management team, is the Clinical Lead for the practice and the Lead for Education. Dr Brandon trained at Nottingham University, has undertaken surgical training and has a special interest in Dermatology. He works at the practice on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Dr Roz Tandy

Deputy Lead GP

MBBS, MRCGP, DFFP, DCH, DRCOG. Been a GP for 15 years. Currently works 2 days a week as Deputy Clinical Lead to support Dr Brandon and the team. Trained at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel and qualified in 1999. Worked at the Surgery since Feb 2020, having previously worked here between 2006 and 2013. Dr Tandy works 2 days a week as the Clinical Lead for the mental health service provided by West Suffolk CCG, working alongside other Suffolk organisations to improve access and the quality of mental health service provisions. Special interest in women's health.

Prof Christopher Griffiths

MA MB BS DPhil FRCP FRCGP

Clinical and research interests include respiratory disease, infectious diseases including TB and HIV, and the role of Vitamin D.

Dr Elizabeth Quarterman

MA BSc MB BS

Dermatology and Gynaecology.

Dr Juliette Handley

BSc MB BS DRCOG

Part-time in the Centre for Clinical Research at Addenbrookes.

Dr Jonathan Hodges

BSc BMedSci BMBS DCH DFSRH DTM&H DRCOG MRCGP

Global Health & Tropical Diseases.

Dr Thomas Curtis

MBA BSc MB BS MRCGP

BSc (hons), MBBS, MBA, MRCGP, AFHEA, GMC: 6149122. Worked here since 2014. Part-time GP and Primary Care Medical Director at Suffolk GP Federation. Graduated from UCL medical school in 2006, and the UCL GP training scheme in 2011. Works at the Surgery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Dr F Fallahi

Dr Richard Smith

Long Term Locum GP

Advance Nurse Practitioners

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) are able to make medical decisions based on assessment, diagnosis and interpretation of results. ANPs have the authority to prescribe medication and refer patients to other specialists if required. When patients request an appointment with a doctor, they may find themselves being consulted by an ANP instead as a substitute. ANPs are an extremely valuable resource within healthcare as their role has successfully been introduced in various settings to ensure patients are seen quicker and to ease the pressure regarding the national shortage of GPs.

Emergency Care Practitioners

An Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP) is a relatively new role, often filled by paramedics who have undertaken further training in higher education. ECPs are able to do physical assessments, assess minor illnesses, treat minor injuries, as well as support for the elderly, paediatric care, mental health support and pharmacology. ECPs have also been trained to treat patients at home, referring patients to other care providers if necessary.

Physician Associates

Physician Associates (PA) is a relatively new role to the UK, but one that is becoming more and more implemented. PAs are educated in a similar way to doctors, having graduated with a higher qualification, usually a Masters, from a medical school that we share with students studying medicine. PAs are not the same as doctors however, chiefly in that our learning is more general and not focussed on the more advance and specific topics of medicine. PAs are also unable to prescribe. They key the role the of a PA is that they work with and under the supervision of a senior clinician, meaning they are always learning and delivering care under instruction. Within primary care, PAs remain generalists and look to tackle a wide array of common presentations but you might also find PAs in hospital medicine in both medical and surgical specialities. In the near future, PAs are expected to be regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and will hopefully receive prescribing rights.

Nurses

Practice nurses are qualified registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears. We have 4 Practice Nurses in the team, including our Lead Nurse.

Georgie Luff

Lead Nurse

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one. We have four Healthcare Assistants in the team.

Practice Management

Laura Lyons

Service Manager

The Service Manager is involved in the management of all business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The Service Manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.

Administration

Our administrative teams consist of Secretaries, Scanning and Coding, Choose and Book and Medical Record Summarising.

Pharmacy Team

The practice pharmacy team comprise of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Clinical pharmacists 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, performing medication reviews and allowing better access to health checks. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety. Having clinical pharmacists in GP practices means that GPs can focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions. This helps GPs to manage the demands on their time.

Reception

Receptionists provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits. Each member of staff has to undertake a rigorous induction and gain qualification in Care Navigation. You will hear the term “Care Navigators” and this is our Reception Team.

Midwives

The Community Midwives are now entirely responsible for arranging antenatal care. There are regular antenatal classes at the Haverhill Health Centre, but all antenatal clinics are held either at the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge or the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St.Edmunds. After you have delivered, the midwife will look after you and your baby for the first fortnight. Telephone number: 01440 766027 If you are unable to contact the midwife in an emergency, contact the surgery on 01440 840 380

Community Healthcare Team

Your health professional may complete a referral which they email to our care coordination centre securely or you can call the Care Coordination Centre yourself on 0300 123 242.