Thank you for your interest in becoming a Member of The Medical Chambers.

One of The Medical Chambers Leads or The Medical Chambers Manager will contact you within the next 3 working days to talk to you about your enquiry. We find that talking to someone gives you a better sense of what we offer and can answer any of your questions straight away.

In the meantime here are some FAQs which may help to answer some of your questions:

How do I become a Member?

Well, you've completed the first step by sending an enquiry to us. One of The Medical Chambers Leads or The Medical Chambers Manager will contact you within the next 3 working days to talk to you about your enquiry and to find out a bit more about you and answer any of your questions about how we work. After that, if you are still interested and it sounds like you are a fit for our team then we will arrange an interview with you. The interview is largely informal, however as we operate on our reputation it is important that our Members are a perfect match for our ethos and way of working. Following a successful interview, an offer will be made, two clinical references will be taken and then we can get you set up on the system and away you go! This process can take a minimum of 2-3 weeks.

Aren't you just an Agency?

Simply put, no! We are similar to an agency in that we find you work, however that is where the comparisons end. Working through The Medical Chambers, you remain a freelance GP and self-employed. This means you are still able to access the NHS Pension Scheme and also means you remain in control of your rates, where and when you work. We put our Members at the heart of what we do and you remain the priority.

So, how does The Medical Chambers operate?

We are funded solely by our Members and not by practices. To fund this wraparound service, you are invoiced for 10% of your Chambers earnings. New members start at 12.5% for the first 100 sessions then move onto 10%. We currently run at a fill rate for sessions of 95% (so for all the availability you add to your calendar we fill 95% of this). We are currently filling 500+ sessions per month and have over 60 GP members of varying experience, some part time salaried/partners, some semi-retired, some new off VTS. We can buddy a new member up with one of our experienced members if you wish, to ensure making the transition from salaried/partner to locum is as smooth as possible. All we ask in return is that you regularly attend the meetings and that you do not work as an independent locum as well as for The Medical Chambers concurrently.

What am I getting for my money?

Building local contacts and working as a locum can take time and patience but joining The Medical Chambers will mean you have a ready-to-go system providing sessions, support and professional development which simplifies your working life and prevents isolation. In summary, these are the main benefits of working through The Medical Chambers:

Administrative Support: Log on to our booking software and make yourself available for the dates and sessions you want and our Admin Team will do the rest. We have worked hard to build a reputation and relationships with practices and services so you don't have to. We will market your availability and book your sessions, negotiate rates and tasks within the parameters you have set. As well as troubleshoot any issues, invoice practices and complete your pension forms.

Clinical Governance & CPD: Chamber's Meetings are the foundation of our success and are at the heart of what we offer Members. Through our regular meetings you will be able to discuss patient cases, significant events and complaints, sharing your learning in a safe and supportive environment. We are able to assist you with audits and peer and practice feedback for your appraisal and revalidation. We market our members as up-to-date, engaged in CPD and peer reviewed, therefore we ask that Members attend a minimum of 6 meetings a year.

Pastoral Support: Working in General Practice can often be like a battlefield with record numbers of Clinicians deciding to leave the profession due to burnout. We offer a home for Clinicians who long to continue doing what they are good at: using their knowledge and skills to serve their patients. Joining The Medical Chambers isn't just about getting steady work and someone doing your admin; it is about joining a team of fantastic clinicians who support one another and lift each other up.

What are you looking for in a new Member?

We want fantastic clinicians who share our ethos of wanting to provide excellent care and be a part of and contribute to our team of locum GPs by regularly attending clinical meetings. We operate as a virtual practice and support one another, so being a team player is key. We also expect our members to be punctual and reliable to maintain our collective reputation. Finally, we expect a certain amount of flexibility, however you are in control of where and when you work.

Aren't you just an Agency?

We hope this gives you an insight to how we work and answers some of your burning questions. Someone will be in touch within the next 3 working days to talk to you some more.

We look forward to speaking to you soon.

The Medical Chambers.

Leeds &
West Yorkshire

Welcome to the Leeds Medical Chambers; covering a geographical area beyond Leeds to the boundaries of West Yorkshire. Our Members have wealth of knowledge and experience and is a very active Chambers. We meet every two weeks for education and peer support and also have regular social events. We are a close-knit team operating as a Virtual Practice supporting one another.

Meet the Team

Alison Best

Alison grew up in Leeds and qualified from Nottingham in 1988. She has spent 19 years as a partner, starting in Nottingham before returning to Leeds in 2000. She has also done sessional work in General Practice in Australia and helped to set up a pioneering health project for young people in Nottingham. The variety of General Practice continues to appeal, along with a particular interest in women's health and expertise in coil fitting. She also works one day a week as GP Clinical Lead for Children and Young People at Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups Partnership. Outside of work, two teenage children, two dogs and an aspiration to complete further triathlons leave her little time to get bored.

Jawad Ahmad

Originally from Cheshire, Jawad graduated from the University of Manchester in 2007. Following a period working in the Pennines he moved to West Yorkshire to complete his MRCGP. His areas of interest include Dermatology and General Medicine. Outside of Medicine Jawad's main interest is music (playing the piano and collecting rare vinyl records). When away from music he is normally found in his kitchen cooking. This year he plans on helping West African Doctors and Medical Students by freely distributing medical texts and journals kindly donated by British Doctors.

Kate Fearnley

Kate graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2004. During her time at University, she took the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Clinical Sciences. Following graduation, she worked in the Leeds area for several years in hospital medicine - particularly enjoying her time in Cardiology. She completed her MRCP in 2007. She then decided to pursue life as a family doctor. She qualified from the York GP training scheme in 2011 and spent 3 years as a salaried GP in the Yorkshire region. She has just returned from an exciting year in Australia - she accompanied her husband whilst he worked as an Eye Surgeon in Sydney. She enjoyed the challenges of working as GP in an entirely different healthcare system but is returning to the NHS with a new found respect for the quality of healthcare it provides. Away from work, Kate is a busy Mum of 2 young children and when she does have a rare spare moment she enjoys spending time in her garden.

Zoe Neill

Zoe took her degrees in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Cambridge and then went on to complete GP training in King's Lynn and York with placements at York Hospital and a general practice in the local area. She gained the Royal College of General Practice membership exams in 2003, and then joined a practice in inner-city Leeds until 2006 when she became a full-time partner at practice in East Leeds. Zoe remained a full-time partner here until 2014. After developing further interests in Occupational Health Medicine and then coaching, Z oe began a portfolio career in general practice, including working as a locum GP in practices across Yorkshire. Her interests and roles now include Medical Gender Specialist at Leeds Gender Identity Clinic, coach for trainee doctors for Health Education Yorkshire and Humber, coach and mentor for a group of First 5 GPs in Leeds, Telephone Consultations skills trainer for Effective Professional Interactions, GP appraiser, delivery consultant for the Productive General Practice Programme for Shaping Health International (Francis Group), and Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Institute of Health Sciences. Outside work, she spends as much time as possible with her husband and two young sons. Zoe maintains a sustainable work-life balance by spending time outdoors whenever possible. She enjoys roller discos, jazz and classical music and playing the piano.

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Rosemary Yarwood

Qualifying in Leeds in 1984, Rosemary completed GP training in Wakefield and settled into a large, busy practice in Bramley, Leeds 13 where she has worked for the past 27 years. She enjoys all aspects General Practice and has an interest in safe, cost effective prescribing . Rosemary's outside interests include gardening, swimming, travelling and being a member of a lively book club.

Pradeep Kundur

Pradeep completed his undergraduate medical training in India and Postgraduate Training in General Practice Certificate, JCPTGP, UK (Yorkshire Deanery) via Airedale scheme in 2005. He has a special interest in cardiology and has completed his Post graduate diploma in cardiology via Bradford university in 2008. He has successfully completed the 'One Medicare leadership training programme for Lead GP' in 2013. He has been a GP appraiser for NHS England, North Region (Yorkshire and the Humber) since 2008. He is also working with the Care Quality Commission since 2015 as a GP Specialist Advisor.

Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca qualified at Newcastle in 1991 and completed her GP training in 1997. She has worked predominantly in the North East of England, working as part of a pilot project to provide GP services within an A&E setting. From 2002 Rebecca worked as a salaried GP in North Tyneside. She also continued in a teaching role within A&E with responsibility for the training and development of the Nurse Practitioners. In her last practice Rebeca was ENT lead and she also has an interest in paediatrics,working 1 session a week in the local Children's A&E for last 18 months. Rebecca recently decided to relocate to West Yorkshire to be nearer to family. She plays golf and enjoys walking and cycling but is still trying to get used to cycling up so many hills.

Fiona Venters

Fiona graduated from Leeds in 1999 (MBChB hons) and gained her MRCGP with distinction in 2004. She worked as a partner in a busy surgery in Central Leeds for 11 years until 2015. Fiona is now working as a locum in order to have flexibility around family life; she has an 8 year old daughter and her husband is a consultant psychiatrist. Outside work Fiona enjoys seeing family and friends, holidays, food and drink and keeping fit - she recently ran the Great North Run for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Aisha Ismail

Aisha graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012. She undertook her Foundation training in the North Yorkshire and East Coast area, where she soon discovered her love for nature through walking and cycling. She completed her GP training in Mid-Yorkshire, after which she commenced full time locum work. She has experience in working within a variety of settings including out of hours, extended hours and palliative care settings within the Leeds and Manchester area. Aisha plans to direct her career towards including minor surgery clinics and participate in medical admissions/ widening participation activities. She enjoys keeping active and spending time with her baby boy; she is looking forward to taking him on his first 10 week swimming course soon.

Hester Dunlop

Hester is a GP with over thirty years of experience in West Yorkshire. Most of her working life has been as a partner or salaried GP in Huddersfield but she has now been working in Chambers for over 7 years and have gained a wider knowledge of the Leeds, Bradford and Barnsley health economies as well as those in North Yorkshire. She is now a Partner in The Medical Chambers Partnership and she is the Chambers Lead for Leeds. Hester remains a generalist at heart and locuming is a great way to learn new approaches and gives her the flexibility she now needs as retirement beckons. Hester is an active member of her local community and the LMC and a keen football supporter, as well as enjoying hiking, cinema, theatre and live music.

Stephan Claridge

Stephan has a friendly, patient centred approach along with practicing good evidence based medicine. He feels his experience in A&E helps him deal with difficult and demanding patients, knowing how to set boundaries and avoid consultations becoming a bad experience. He is committed to keeping up to date, constantly trying to improve his performance and is keen to help with teaching junior doctors and medical students which he has done regularly through both his training in General Practice and A&E. More recently Stephan has been developing his skills in elderly care and has been working regularly in a nursing home. Other professionals have commented on him being caring, respectful, committed and well organised. He has good communication skills and a fun sense of humour, which helps him to work well in a team and under pressure. Stephan is a very active and sociable person who enjoys all outdoor activities. He is a particularly keen kite surfer and skier and is happiest when out on the water or on the piste. As well as living in Australia for three years he has travelled extensively which included a medical elective in Papua New Guinea and multiple expeditions.

Julie Stanton

Julie qualified from Barts in 1986 and after an initial foray into general medicine entered general practice in 1992. She has spent 17 years as a partner, initially in the London area with responsibilities for the business and fundholding side. After moving to Leeds she did her PGCE and was a trainer for 10 years as well as doing appraisals. A couple of career breaks have been spent travelling in a low budget and vaguely irresponsible manner, one doing general practice in Australia and another teaching maths and PE in Lebanon. She left partnership in summer 2012 to be in London over the Olympics & Paralympics and has since been doing locum work because she loves her job and doesn't want to stop practising the art. Outside work she has started working as a foster carer. She is also an active member of her local church and loves most forms of unnecessary physical exertion, especially those that take place outdoors.

Ben Young

Ben studied at Leeds Medical School and after a detour into research qualified in 2001. Most of the subsequent years have been spent as a GP Partner, working in the Castleford area with a very deprived, complex population. He has developed interests in palliative care, GP training, male health and neurodisability. Outside of work, Ben enjoys cycling, climbing, caving and annoying his 2 children, wife and dog with his fiddle and melodeon.

Shona Brew

Shona grew up in Edinburgh before going to university in St Andrews, then Manchester and qualified in 1995. She joined the Stockport VTS in 1996 and completed her training in 2000. She moved to Yorkshire in 2004 and worked as a salaried Gp in Wakefield until she joined the Chambers 2013. Shona enjoys the variety of general practice and loves working as a locum in the Chambers. It offers flexibility and the opportunity to work in a range of different practices within the area. She feels memebrs are extremely well supported and in particularly look forward to the monthly Chambers group meetings. Dr Brew enjoys spending time with her family and friends . She also likes cooking,reading ,walking and travelling. She also spent just over a year in Brisbane, Australia in 2009 which was a fabulous experience.

Annabel Kerr

Annabel qualified as a GP in 2009 after a circuitous route via a medical rotation, working in a hospice and then 18 months as Medical Officer in a rural DGH in Gambia, West Africa, prior to GP training. She graduated from Cambridge in 1999 and trained as a GP in Liverpool, enjoying 6 months on the Isle of Man as part of her rotation. She worked as a GP locum in Essex for 15 months before joining a single handed GP in 2010, the practice later merged with a larger practice in 2016. After her daughter was born in 2017 the family decided to move to Leeds while her husband completes his theology PHD at Leeds University. She now does in hours and OOH work on a part time basis. She has broad general practice experience and developed an interest in women's and child health completing the DCH, DFSRH and DRCOG in the past along with the DTM&H from Liverpool University prior to her time in West Africa. She loves being outdoors and is relishing the opportunity to discover "Gods own country"" whilst venturing into family life.

Barney Tinsley

Graduating from Leeds University in 2001, Barney has been working as a GP for 14 years, having spent 4 years as a salaried GP in inner city Bradford, followed by 10 years as a partner in Harrogate. During this time he has studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, and greatly enjoys teaching senior medical students and newly-qualified Doctors / GP Registrars. Barney has always worked 'full-time' - a minimum of 8 weekly sessions during this time period.

Richard Moss

Richard is a sessional GP relocating back (he was born and bred in Wakefield) to Yorkshire, having been on a 17 year sabbatical. He trained at Imperial college, London, before moving up to Greater Manchester to undertake post graduate training. He lived and worked, mostly, in the Bolton area for this time. Richard undertook core surgical training for 1 year, completing 6 months post in General surgery and Urology, but longed for the freedom and varied practice that only General Practice can offer. He succesfully gained a place on the Bolton VTS scheme and qualified in August 2014. Since then he has been at a partner at GMS practice on the Isle of Skye, in the town of Portree, which has been wonderful. Whilst there he has skilled up in joint injections and some minor surgery, he has been a member of the Highland LMC and GP Sub Committee and completed the diploma in Mountain medicine. He and his wife have also had two boys. Despite a fantastic adventure in the Highlands, they felt the call of home so are now relocating to Yorkshire.

Marwan Al-Dawoud

Marwan graduated from the University of Manchester in 2007 and has worked around the Pennines and West Yorkshire since. He has a special interest in Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine and has undertaken higher studies and training which have enabled him to work within elite Rugby Union, League and Football since 2009. He was lucky enough to be the field of play medical lead for the football at the London 2012 Olympic Games at St James' Park, Newcastle. He also does specialist Musculoskeletal Clinics in Manchester and Yorkshire. Marwan has a passion for education and works very closely with the University of Manchester as an finals OSCE examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate clinical lecturer and Prospective Student Interviewer. He is also involved with research and is a reviewer for the British Medical Journal. In additon to his medical work, Marwan works with the NHS Blood and Transplant, specifically in helping those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to become regular blood donors. Before starting GP training, Marwan took a year out to work across East and Southern Africa in an attempt to help those suffering extreme poverty and poor access to medical services. To keep fit he does lots of regular exercise including Rugby, Football and Cycling and relaxes by spending time with his family and playing the guitar and piano.

Ahmed Hady

Ahmed qualified from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He completed his Foundation training in Rochdale and worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 2 years before starting his GP training in Hull. Ahmed also worked across a wide range of medical specialities for 2 years to enhance his medical experience. Outside of work, Ahmed likes to keep physically active by taking part in activities such as weight lifting, rock climbing, spinning and swimming. Ahmed enjoys dinning out and travelling.

John Berridge

John qualified from Leeds University in 1975. He has worked as a GP partner for over 35 years and is committed to helping and supporting people around him. He is a Primary Care generalist to the core. He has worked extensively in musculoskeletal medicine and Sports Medicine. For over 25 Years he has worked with PCT's and their predecessors in clinical leadership roles with a particular interest in Commissioning and Service Redesign - working as a "champion" in these areas. He has a diploma in both Orthopaedic Medicine and Diabetes. Outside of work John likes to spend time with family and friends. He likes outdoor life, especially gardening and walking. He is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He also enjoys a wide variety of music and photography.

Samantha Browning

Sam is a GP with 21 years of experience in Primary Care, working as a partner for most of that time, with a four and a half year break where she worked as a hospice doctor at Martin House Hospice for Children and Adolescents. She has been working as the Clinical Lead for Learning Disability for Leeds CCG for the last 4 years. Sam is motivated to address and close the health inequality gap for vulnerable members of society. Remaining passionate about Primary Care, she has moved to work for The Medical Chambers to allow herself more flexibility and the opportunity to experience alternative ways of working within a wider area. When not working, she volunteers for the Special Olympics organisation, helps to run a local swim squad for young people with intellectual and physical disabilities and enjoys spending time with her busy family.

Peter Lindsay

I am a general practitioner of thirty years an three Who would still like to do some days By helping you in any ways when holidays, illness or other leave comes To ensure you know your practice still runs! I'll see whoever opens the door All age and gender are fine I have all the necessary papers too To offer additional services With ease within your premises I can spin the Web of Emis, Link up with System One, Making sure on both systems You know what has been done

Sahana Vivek Nayak

Sahana graduated from India in 2003. Following graduation, she worked as a part-time tutor for nursing students and also worked as a Junior doctor in Cardiology. She took a break for family commitments and started working again in 2009. She did her foundation and GP training in Hull and finished her GPVTS in 2015 rotating through various Medical and Surgical specialities gaining lots of experience. She moved to Leeds and has been working as a Locum for The Medical Chambers since then. She enjoys the flexibility it gives her to balance her professional and personal commitments. Beside Medicine, she loves to spend time with her family. Cooking, painting and making handicrafts keeps her sane. She is keen on doing Diploma in Dermatology and intends to do it in the near future.

Paul Dewhirst

Paul qualified at Barts in 1982 and finished his training as a GP in 1990. He has worked as a full time GP since then, initially in a large group practice in Doncaster, but latterly as a single handed GP in Wakefield. Following his retirement from single handed practice he is now working as a salaried GP in the Pontefract area. He also works as a CTS screener for Novus Healthcare, a GP provider organisation, within the Wakefield District. He has a masters in sports medicine and works part time for several racecourses providing medical cover for the jockeys. However, when it comes to sport, his main love is cricket. He still plays competitively, and aggressively, despite creaking like a gate for long periods of the season. He is a qualified ECB coach and coaches one of the Yorkshire Cricket Board Lords Taverners' representative sides. He is married with 3 children.

York &
North Yorkshire

Welcome to the York Medical Chambers; covering a geographical area beyond the boundaries of York to cover the whole of North Yorkshire. Our Members have wealth of knowledge and experience and is a very active Chambers. We meet monthly at alternate venues in York and Pocklington for education and peer support and also have regular social events. We are a close-knit team operating as a Virtual Practice supporting one another.

Meet the Team

Tim Maycock

Tim has been a GP Partner in Pocklington for 18 years, for the past 5 years he has worked 3 days a week for the practice and 2 days a week for the Vale of York CCG. As of September 2017 he left his CCG role to focus on clinical work. As an experienced GP Ted has been actively involved in providing all aspects of Family Medicine, this work involves regular urgent care sessions on a 1 in 8 rota as well as comprehensive management of long term conditions and ongoing health problems. He also has detailed knowledge of other supplementary services and is well used to navigating the York System. Tim received an excellent rating in his most recent 360 appraisals and patient satisfaction survey. He participates actively in the appraisal process, having formerly been an appraiser and understand the need for reflection and continuous personal development. He introduced GP training to Pocklington in 2003 and was a GP Trainer up until 2013 when he had to step down due to CCG commitments. He has specific medical interests in Musculoskeletal problems and Dermatology.

Nicholas Summerton

Nick is an experienced general practitioner and public health physician with specific expertise in diagnostics and screening. He also has a particular clinical interest in musculo-skeletal medicine (including joint injections). In addition to working as a general practitioner since 1988 (initially single-handed and subsequently as a locum, private GP and in partnerships), Nick has occupied a variety of parallel positions as a public health consultant, Medical Director, Clinical Lead (BUPA & BMI), Senior Lecturer/Reader and as a Clinical Advisor to NICE, the DH, Royal Colleges, print media and various commercial organisations.

Parvinder Pye

Having qualified as a GP in 2010, Parvinder has worked as a salaried and Principle GP in York. Prior to general practice she worked in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has an interest in women's health. Parvinder also speaks fluent Punjabi, and has a good knowledge of Hindi and Urdu.

Russell Ellwood

Russell qualified in 1983 from Leeds Medical School. He worked as a full time principal in Kingston upon Hull for 27 years. During that post he was the lead GP in Diabetes and in Clinical Governance. He was also involved in training medical students and GP registrars. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of GP's in 2013. He has also been involved in managing drug abuse, family planning and child health surveillance. In 2016 he moved to Cumbria and took a break from clinical work while restoring his home. He has continued in GP training and ARCP panel work. He is now back in harness doing clinical sessions. He enjoys the great outdoors and hill walking. He also has an interest in genealogy and with a Border Reiver ancestry feels he has come home.

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Alison Woodmansey

Alison quaified from Newcastle in 1982 and went on to do GP training in the same area gaining MRCGP with distinction. She also has diplomas in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Reproductive and Sexual health. Alison worked as a full time partner in General Practice for 5 years prior to having a family. In addition to working as a GP Alison has worked as a Medical Director of a Hospice and worked in rural Kenya. She has worked in the York area for the last 14yrs either as a Salaried GP or with Chambers and is also a doctor at Martin House Children's Hospice. Alison's medical interests include mental health, child health and end of life care. Outside work Alison enjoys spending time with her 4 children and border collie dog, walking and singing.

Mark Roman

Mark qualified from the Westminster in 1982, did his GP training in York and was a Partner at York Medical Group for over 29 years, retiring in June 2016. He developed many clinical interests in this time including GP training and Research and is currently Foundation Lead for Primary Care. He has a keen interest in MSK including joint injections as well as enjoying the variety of General Practice and Out of Hours. He is married with 3 children, lives in York and enjoys keeping fit with cycling and running.

Sarah Burke

Sarah graduated from Hull York Medical School in 2009. She then went on to complete foundation training in York and Hull. She completed her GP VTS May 2016. She is currently working towards the postgraduate certificate in medical education and completed the DCH in December of last year. Sarah also does some GP out of hours sessions and medical student teaching. In her spare time she enjoys baking and exploring the countryside with her young son.

Helen Chidlow

Helen graduated in 2001 from Imperial College London and worked in London and the Home Counties for the subsequent 2 years. She returned to the North settling in York after doing a further year of Medicine in Hull. She worked as a partner at MyHealth surgery in York for 9 years but made the decision to leave in 2016. She has always had a keen interest in substance misuse and teaching. SHe works one day a week atthe York Drug and ALcohol service and 2 sessions teaching PBL to Year 2 students at HYMS. She is keen to maintain her GP role as well and sees locuming as the best way to do this. She has an active role in developing care pathways across the CCGs for clients with substance misuse problems. In her spare time Helen enjoys spending time with her young family. She also enjoys cycling and walking.

Romesh Sarvanandan

Romesh is currently working as a salaried GP at North Beverley Medical Centre. He qualified from Imperial College London in 2009, and then undertook his foundation training in London Deanery before moving to Hull to undertake Academic Surgical/Vascular specialtiy training. After 3 years, he decided to have a career change and undertook GP training; first two years in the Pennine scheme (Huddersfield/Halifax) and then transferred back to Hull scheme for his final year of training and obtained his CCT in February 2018. His areas of interest include minor surgery, musculoskeletal (including joint injections), and palliative care. Furthermore, Romesh is interested in undertaking further training to become a GP with extended roles/GPSI in Dermatology/skin surgery.

Rachel McKenzie

Rachel graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2001 and completed her VTS training in 2007. She worked as a GP Partner in Sheffield for 6 years before relocating to the York area to be closer to family. She gained her MRCGP with distinction and also has diplomas in Obs & Gynae and Reproductive and Sexual Health. She has an interest in Women's Health, but enjoys all aspects of General Practice. Working as a GP locum gives her great flexibility in order to balance her work and home life. Rachel has 2 small boys and loves spending time with them and her husband. She also enjoys cooking and baking, and enjoys walking her much loved Golden Retriever.

Mark Upton

Soon after completing his MRCGP Mark worked as a locum Doctor. The challenge then was translating bookish "knowing that" into everyday "knowing how". More than 20 years later, still feeling privileged to work at the interface of people and science, there seems less time for the old knowing how, because we spend so much of our time compensating for fragmented NHS pathways of care. Mark was born and educated in London, then trained at University College Hospital where he qualified MBBS in 1987. He escaped North to live near the crags and fells of Yorkshire and Cumbria, worked as a GP partner on Teesside for 15 years before becoming a sessional GP. He is a committed generalist, and has a clinical and research interest in chronic respiratory diseases. Mark has postgraduate training in human physiology from King's College London, epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and genomic medicine from the University of Birmingham. He is a GP standing committee member of a NICE technology appraisal committee.

Hannah Coysh

Hannah qualified as a GP in October 2011 and since this time has worked in a number of salaried roles. She joined Chambers in April 2013 and has an interest in ENT and Medical Education. Hannah is a tutor for year 2 students at Hull York Medical School and also works as a GP Appraiser. During her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family. She plans to complete the Great North Swim this June!

Johanna Lowther

Jo qualified with BA Medical Sciences from Cambridge in 1986 and MBBS from Newcastle in 1989 and gained her GP qualification and MRCGP in 1994 after working in Northallerton, Darlington, Harrogate, York and Leeds. She worked in palliative care in Leeds for a year and then did locum and salaried work in Leeds, Harrogate and York until she joined a partnership in East Leeds in 2001. She decided to leave partnership at the end of 2017 to pursue palliative care once more and has been working at Pontefract Hospice since January 2018. She spends the rest of her week working as a locum and out of hours GP. As a partner she set up undergraduate teaching and organised the in-house educational meetings at her practice. Additional skills include minor surgery, joint and soft tissue injections, Nexplanon fitting, coil fitting and basic acupuncture for selected cases. Specific interests include women's health, musculosketelal medicine, mental health, dermatology and diabetes. (luckily this covers most of general practice...) Having done a two year Diploma in Health Care Ethics at Leeds University in the mid-1990's, she is recently passed a 15 credit module of Professional Ethics at the same university- just for fun. Other outside interests include amateur operatics, choral music, vilage life and planning holidays.

Laura Bradley

Laura is currently a GP locum, she has had experience of working both as a locum and in a salaried position since completing her training in 2016. She enjoys working in general practice and is hoping to undertake the diploma of dermatology in the near future. Laura enjoys working as part of a team and likes to integrate herself into the practice she is working at even if this may only be for a short time. Laura spends her spare time with her young family, they take time to go walking and cycling and they like visiting the coast. She unwinds by reading, baking and watching films.

Carolyn Forrest

Carolyn completed her medical degree at St George's Hospital Medical School in London in 2004. She specialised in Emergency Medicine in the UK and Australia before deciding to train as a GP originally in Birmingham and then transferring to York to be nearer her family. She completed her training in March 2015 and is interested in acute care as well as planning to obtain her diploma of Family Planning. Outside medicine Carolyn likes to spend time with her two small children and helps her husband run his 'pop-up' restaurant in Copmanthorpe each month. She is a keen runner and walker and is looking forward to entering some endurance events for charity in the near future.

Marie Cohen

Marie qualified from Oxford University in 2004. She then moved to East Yorkshire in 2005 where she started her GP training. Since then she has worked as a GP in East Yorkshire. Here she has developed a special interest in Palliative and Older Peoples Medicine. She also works for the Hull York Medical School and is Director of Problem Based Learning for the MB BS course. In her spare time Marie likes to read and spend time with her daughters and husband.

Hull & East
Yorkshire

Welcome to the Hull Medical Chambers; covering a geographical area beyond the boundaries of Hull to cover the whole of East Yorkshire. Our Members have wealth of knowledge and experience. We meet monthly in Beverley for education and peer support and also have regular social events. We are a close-knit team operating as a Virtual Practice supporting one another.

Meet the Team

Benedicte Iuel

After 30 years in general practice in Brigg Benedicte decided to retire in April 2017. Following her retirement she went to work in Zambia to get a break from English tickbox medicine. During her years of general practice she has covered open access surgery, on call, home visits and general booked surgeries. She also used to do the child clinics and has a special interest in looking after children. She has done quite a lot of family planning but no longer insert coils and implants. Benedicte believes that GP's should be the 3 A's- Able, Available, and Accessible, and her patient satisfaction results were generally among the best in the area. She is keen to practise good medicine and not be too rushed and therefore prefers 'shorter' sessions up to 14 patients.

Zoe Norris

Zoe graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2004 and moved to Lincoln where she completed her junior doctor and General Practice training. Zoe gained her MRCGP and began work as a salaried GP. She has chosen to locum to experience a variety of practices and to fit in with family life. She has additional qualifications in family planning, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and palliative care. She is Chair of the Sessional Subcommittee of GPC UK, and a lecturer for NB Medical GP Update courses. She is able to use Systm1, EMIS Web, EMIS, Vision and Adastra.

Ashwaq Al-Hadithi

Ashwaq has been working in the NHS since 2002. She has good experience in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, sexual and reproductive health and is fully accredited GPwSI Dermatology. I am married and I have 2 daughters. I enjoy reading and traveling. I Love dogs, mainly Maltipoo, but could not accommodate currently due to work commitments.

Swati Shukla

Swati is a part time locum GP doing 4-6 sessions per week in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. She has done her MBBS in India in Mysore Medical College and then came to UK and started working as foundation doctor. She has done GP training in London , Northwest London , Central Middlesex Hospital scheme . She finished her GP training in 2014 and then moved to Hull for family reasons. She started working as a locum in this area . Swati thoroughly enjoys her work and strongly believes that having a good laugh and moan with colleagues is all what is needed to deal with the stress of working in NHS.

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Ted Willis

Ted was a GP partner for 30 years in a smallish practice in Brigg North Lincs. He is keen on musculoskeletal medicine, and he also does contraceptive implants, (and Vasectomies). He has taught medical students for many years, and he really believes in patient centred medicine and the Calgary Cambridge consulting method, (and no it doesn't take much more time). He thinks GP's should combine the 3 A's - i.e. be ABLE, AMIABLE, and ACCESSIBLE. He is not keen on polypharmacy, especially in frail elderly patients. He is an expert with Emis LV, pretty competent with EMIS Web, and can cope with SystemOne.

Colin Garnham

Colin is a new, motivated and is fresh from training keen to experience land of GP outside of training.

Asha

He regards himself very much as a thorough 'Generalist', but has also developed a special interest in Adult Mental Health and Dementia. He has been the named GP for a 52-bed care home, specialising in dementia, for the last 7 years. He tries to use cognitive models and Psychology where possible in relevant consultations, and is keen to empower patients to improve and succeed.

Joanne Walters

Joanne qualified in Sheffield 1988 and moved to East Yorkshire in 1992. After finishing her GP training she took up a job share post at South Cave surgery in 1996, and has increased her time commitment gradually since then. She is a GP trainer and has an interest in family planning and womens health, she is also trained to Nexplanon and IUD's. In her spare time she enjoys Modern Jive (ceroc) dancing and enjoys Rambling around the beautiful local countryside with Beverley Ramblers.

Patrick Naughton-Doe

Patrick was born in Hull and went to Leicester University Medical School from where he graduated in 1985. After house jobs in Hull and a 6-month post in A&E He undertook an 18-month rotation in General Medicine in Leicester before completing his GP training. He obtained Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1988 and The Royal College of General Practitioners in 1990. Since 1990 he has worked across Hull as a GP and is currently working 5 sessions per week as a GP with Special Interest in Integrated Care at East Riding Community Hospital. His GP interests include mental health and wellbeing, acute / emergency care, elderly medicine and palliative care. He is currently a senior honorary clinical tutor at the Hull York Medical School and has gained the postgraduate certificate in Medical Education. Patrick is a keen gardener with an allotment in Hull and interests in cycling, cooking, photography and live music.

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