I am one of Primary Care Wirral’s founders and Board Member.
Having completed undergraduate and post graduate training in Scotland, I have been a GP in Wirral for over 30 years’. Additionally, I have worked as a hospital practitioner in ophthalmology for the past 20 years.
I have experienced the pressures being felt in both primary and secondary care and I see the need to work together to provide excellent and sustainable services for our patients.
As part of my ophthalmology work I have, for a number of years, been part of the clinical redesign group, which includes representatives from local opticians and other qualified providers. The goal has been to develop new pathways which have allowed optometry services to offer more care in the community and streamline referrals to secondary care.
As well as these roles, I am also a GP trainer and have taught medical students for the last 10 years. I am one of two GP educational supervisors in Wirral, which involves taking part in the longitudinal integrated foundation training pilot. Alongside this, I am now involved in GP recruitment as an assessor.
Currently, I am collaborating with our local hospital, to develop more GPs with special interest posts. These has proven to be beneficial for the hospital and community services, as these GPs will be able to provide training for up-skilling their colleagues.