Earby Team

The Doctors

Ian Sangster (Senior Partner)

Ian brought five and a half years of general practice experience to Earby when he joined the team in 1998, having previously been a partner at a practice in Lossiemouth, Scotland. He is our nominated ‘senior partner'. Clinically he takes the lead on diabetes. Ian is a GP registrar trainer, has involvement with medical student training, and takes a healthy interest in practice management.

Phil Huxley

Phil joined the Practice in 1998 having completed his GP training at Airedale Hospital. He has developed a number of interests over the years. He champions the needs of older people and takes a lead in the care of patients who are over 75 years of age. He is also the practice lead for Mental Health, ensuring that the practice cares for patients who need early access to talking treatments, and also ensuring that our care for patients with severe and enduring mental health problems is the best it can be. He takes a keen interest in ensuring that the practice delivers a safe, quality service; on behalf of the Practice he made pledges to  "Sign up for Safety" in 2015.

Phil has always had an interest in how the health system works outside of general practice. This interest led him into commissioning, which is the way in which health services are planned and purchased for the local population. He has recently taken on the role of Chair of East Lancs CCG and divides his time between Earby and East Lancs CCG. If you want to know more about ELCCG, the website address is www.eastlancsccg.nhs.uk and Phil has a Twitter account @DrHuxley1

Esther Smith

Esther joined the practice in 2000. She trained and completed her VTS in Scotland , but always planned to work closer to her roots in Lancashire. Esther leads on women's health issues and family planning. She is especially interested in menopausal issues and provides intra-uterine device fitting for the practice. She does, however, remains interested in all aspects of general practice. She is keen to maintain an academic interest in general practice and has an interest in evidence based medicine. She is a GP registrar trainer on the East Lancashire Scheme, helps train foundation year 2 doctors in a support capacity. She has been involved in medical student training within the practice for year 4 Manchester students on the Women & Child Health Module.

Michael Horsfield

Mike joined the surgery in 2001 as a registrar and returned to the partnership in 2003. He qualified in Newcastle in 1996 and spent time working in medicine in the north-east hospitals before moving back to Yorkshire at St. James's in Leeds. He qualified from the Airedale GP training scheme. His interests lie in respiratory medicine, ophthalmology, musculoskeletal and sports medicine. He is the practice lead in child protection and IT.  He maintains the website and is foundation doctor trainer.  He works as a GP with special interest (GPwSI) in the musculoskeletal service (PLIMS) at St. Peters on a Wednesday.

Catherine Taylor

Catherine joined the surgery as a GP trainee in 2011 and after completing her training joined the partnership in 2014.  She is originally from Burnley and has worked in Bradford and Airedale previously.  Catherine takes the practice lead on the monitoring of long term conditions, ensuring that we have robust systems in place for monitoring and reviewing patients with asthma, COPD, hypertension and diabetes to help improve their health.  She is the GP representative on Pendle’s Dementia Action Alliance which works with local government, services and businesses to raise awareness and help people with dementia in the community.

Jo Huxley

Jo qualified from Leeds University in 1991 and before entering General Practice she gained considerable experience in the care of older people; she joined the team at Earby in 2007. Jo has developed an interest in dementia and strives to ensure that carers have the support that they need. She has gained additional expertise in palliative care and works at Pendleside Hospice in the evenings or weekends. She is the nominated practice lead for Cancer, and coordinates the quality agenda around Cancer, from prevention and early diagnosis to support through treatment and recovery.

Andy Gill

Andy first started as a registrar at the practice in 2009. He worked as a locum in Earby at various stages from 2010 until 2014 when an opportunity arose to become a part time salaried doctor at the surgery. His interests include palliative medicine and he also works at Manorlands Hospice. Both in the practice and at the Hospice part of his role involves caring for people with life limiting conditions, whether that be managing symptoms in the last weeks or trying to improve the healthcare journey of those in the last year or so of life. The skills Andy has learned from this part of his work helps maintain his focus on what illness means to the individual and compliments the art of being a generalist in modern primary care

Nicky Rourke

Nicky initially joined us as a foundation doctor before returning as a GP registrar.  She is now working as a salaried GP at the practice.

The Nursing Team

Sheena Ellison

Sheena joined the Practice in 2002, having been a practice nurse for 10 years at another surgery, and supports the more junior members of the nursing team.  She leads in chronic disease management, with an interest in respiratory and shared responsibility for diabetes.  Sheena has an active role in womens' health, contraception and cervical screening.  She has a lead role in travel health advice and vaccination.  She works with other team members running the childhood vaccination programme.

Tracey Bentley

Tracey joined the Practice in 2002. She has a Diploma in Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes and her work includes chronic disease reviews for patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Tracey also administers the childhood immunisations and also shares responsibility for the cervical screening programme.

Julie Parker

Julie joined the practice in November 2001, after working at Pendle Community Hospital for 3 years.  She has NVQ level 3 in 12 units of patient care / venepuncture. Julie runs our busy blood clinic. She also does ECGs, BP checks and assists during minor surgery.  She also assists with child health clinics, 'flu clinic and care plan administration.  The walls of the waiting room are home to Julie's displays which would be the envy of any primary school teacher.

Jayne Sangster

Jayne joined the team as phlebotomist.

The Admin team

Pat Chippendale Practice / business manager

Pat has worked at the surgery since 1985 and runs the business side of the practice. Her role has changed many times over the years with each new organisation that takes over ther organisation of primary care.   She deals with any new guidelines from the primary care organisation or the department of health. Pat is involved with the CCG as practice manager representative and is an active member of the Pendle Practice Managers group.  She also arranges the meeting of the Patient’s advisory group and if you feel you would like to know more about being a member of this group then do not hesitate to contact her at the surgery. 

Tracy Wilkinson Office Manager and Team Leader

Tracy has worked at the surgery since 1993.  She assists the practice manager. She organises the appointment system and updates any protocols for the administration team.  She is also the medical reports officer, dealing with any queries from solicitors and insurance companies and other requests for medicals and reports.  She is the point of contact if the Practice Manager is not available.

Sharon Hampshire

Sharon carries out general reception duties and medication queries. She is also the co-ordinator for local nursing homes for prescribing.

Margaret Higgins

Margaret does secretarial work and general reception duties. She also co-ordinates the palliative care register with the Macmillan nurses.

Kelly Sunter

Kelly carries out general reception duties and secretarial work.

Mel Windle

Mel carries out general reception duties.

Bev Philpott 

Bev carries out general reception duties.

Katya Horsfield

Katya carries out general reception duties.

Holly Smith

Holly carries out general reception duties and phlebotomy.

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