Our Primary Care Network builds on the core of current primary care services and enables a greater provision of proactive, personalised and more integrated health and social care. We are supported by practitioners in additional roles who allow us to build bespoke multi-disciplinary teams based on the needs of our local population. By working together with local community services, this allows us to make support available to people where it is most needed.
Our multi-disciplinary team
Clinical pharmacists work in primary care as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a patient-facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas. They work with and alongside the general practice team, taking responsibility for patients with chronic diseases and undertaking clinical medication reviews to proactively manage people with complex medication use, especially for the elderly, people in care homes and those with multiple conditions.
Our clinical pharmacists are: Alpa Patel, Ameeta Rajendran (senior clinical pharmacist), Anushka Mistry, Chandni Shah, Chinwendu Nze, Michael Hallam (pharmacy technician), Sarah Tutcher and Steven Yik
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Dietitians are healthcare professionals that diagnose and treat diet and nutritional problems, both at an individual patient-level and wider public health-level. They work with adults in a variety of settings, including primary care, to support changes to food intake to address diabetes, food allergies, coeliac disease, and metabolic diseases. Dietitians also translate public health and scientific research on food, health, and disease into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
Our dietitians is: Juliette Richardson.
To find out more about the role of a dietitian in primary care, visit the Health Education England website.
First contact physiotherapists (FCP) are qualified independent clinical practitioners who can assess, diagnose, treat, and manage musculoskeletal (MSK) problems and undifferentiated conditions and, where appropriate, discharge a person without a medical referral. FCPs working in this role can be accessed directly by patients, or staff in GP practices can refer patients to them to establish a rapid and accurate diagnosis and management plan to streamline pathways of care.
Our first contact physiotherapists are: Sam Chittenden and Alexandra Swords.
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Health and wellbeing coaches (HWBCs) will predominantly use health coaching skills to support people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active participants in their care so that they can reach their own health and wellbeing goals. They may also provide access to self-management education, peer support and social prescribing.
Health coaches will support people to self-identify existing issues and encourage proactive prevention of new and existing illnesses. This approach is based on using strong communication and negotiation skills and supports personal choice and positive risk taking.
They will work alongside people to coach and motivate them through multiple sessions, supporting them to identify their needs, set goals, and help them to implement their personalised health and care plan.
Our health and wellbeing coach is: Angelin Bhura
Social prescribing link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified in their care and support plan. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support and offer a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, hence the name ‘social prescribing’.
Social prescribing enables patients referred by general practice, pharmacies, multi-disciplinary teams, hospital discharge teams, allied health professionals, fire service, police, job centres, social care services, housing associations and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to get the right care for them.
Link workers typically work with people across 6-12 contacts (including phone calls and face-to-face meetings) over a three-month period with a typical caseload of up to 250 people, depending on the complexity of people’s needs.
Our social prescribing link worker is: Lucia Di Mascio (working with Children and Young People (CYP)), Rupa Hobbs (working with frailty patients and CYP’s) and Jackie Hopkins (link worker coordinator).
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