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Staffa Health Team

We are a team of health professionals from many different disciplines and we provide an identification board in the surgeries to help you recognise the team.

  • Photo of Timothy ScottTimothy ScottMBChBGP Partner
  • Photo of Ruth CooperRuth CooperMBChB, D(Obst)RCOG, DGMGP Partner
  • Photo of Anthony ParkerAnthony ParkerMBChB, MRCGP, DCHGP Partner
  • Photo of Paul GadsdenPaul GadsdenMBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFFPGP Partner
  • Photo of Tolu TaylorTolu TaylorMBBS, DRCOG, MRCGPGP Partner
  • Photo of Dan StintonDan StintonMBChB, JCPTGPGP Partner
  • Photo of Natasha HumesNatasha HumesBMedSci, BMBSGP Partner
  • Photo of Georgia PageGeorgia PageMA, MBBS, DCH, DRCOGGP Associate
  • Photo of Rebecca DavenportRebecca DavenportMBBS, MRCP, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGPGP Associate
  • Photo of Faye GeesonFaye GeesonBSc, MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH, PGCME (London 2004)GP Associate
  • Photo of Sue CartledgeSue CartledgeMScNurse Clinician & Nurse Manager
  • Photo of Nancy LoveridgeNancy LoveridgeMScNurse Clinician
  • Photo of Janice HodgkinsonJanice HodgkinsonMScNurse Clinician
  • Photo of Sarah MellarsSarah MellarsRGN, RNMH, BA (Hons)Nurse Clinician
  • Photo of Ruth CaterRuth CaterBScPractice Manager

Team Roles

It used to be the case that, in the first instance, you came to see the doctor at the surgery and he or she decided who you might wish to see for extra advice. Things have changed. We now work in teams, and each team has something special to offer. The teams are:

Central Support Team

At Staffa Health we have a number of central support staff. Their roles are to co-ordinate and support the team. They also have a wide range of responsibilities including communications with other health care providers, personnel, the computer system, audit, accounts, quality assurance and total resource management.

Patient Service Co-ordinators

These are the people at the front line of our services supporting the clinical team. At each surgery there is a team leader and a group of supporting staff. Their role is to ensure you are directed to the right service, to arrange appointments for you and to deal with your enquiries. Any information you give them is treated in the strictest confidence.

They will explain what our different health professionals offer and how to book to see them. They can help you find the information you need to find out more about how to take care of your medical conditions.


Nurses play an increasingly important part in the modern health service. Sometimes you may prefer to attend a nurse clinic instead of the GP clinic - the staff at reception can help you decide.

Nurse Clinicians

Our Nurse Clinicians have a general nursing background with extensive experience of practice nursing. They have also undertaken training which includes examination and diagnostic assessment with advanced prescribing so that they are able to examine, diagnose common conditions, order investigations, agree treatment, and refer to other team members and hospital consultants. The nurse clinicians operate the triage service throughout the day to assist patients with urgent problems to decide how best to meet their immediate needs, with support when needed from the GP on site.

Practice Nurse

Practice nurse work is done in the surgery. Once an illness has been diagnosed and treatment for it is agreed, the Practice Nurses are the people to see for help and support in carrying out that treatment or programme. They also provide support and advice for those who are well and want to stay that way.

Health Care Assistants

Health care assistants support the GP’s and nursing team by performing tasks such as taking blood, performing lung function tests, measuring blood pressure and weight. Health care assistants are not trained nurses but have undergone training within the practice and are supervised by the clinicians.

Minor Injuries Service

Available at our Tibshelf site, this is a nurse-led service for treating minor injuries like sprains, eye abrasions, and cuts for those patients who do not require the full facilities of Accident and Emergency (A&E). If you are unsure whether your condition can be treated by us at our minor injuries service, please check by contacting us by telephone.

The District Nursing Team

The district nursing team provides specialist nursing care in the home. Patients whose illness or condition prevents them from coming to surgery are given care and support to enable them to achieve and maintain the best possible quality of independent life. Your district Nurse will regularly assess your health needs, monitor your progress and discuss the details of your care with you. They will liaise with other professionals involved in your care, including hospital nurses and social services.

Community Matron

The Community Matron is an experienced nurse with additional training who co-ordinates care for patients with multiple health problems, helping to avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital. The Community Matron will visit patients in their own home where appropriate.


The community midwife is the main support for women expecting a new baby. There is a team of midwives who, together, look after the expectant mother all the way through the pregnancy which may include the delivery. They share this responsibility with the doctor and the hospital. They also offer training in parenting prior to birth.

Health Visitor

Health Visitors for all areas of Pilsley, Tibshelf Holmewood & Stonebroom and are available if you have any concerns on Tel. 01773 309025

Health Needs Advisor

This role offers advice and support to both patients and their family when experiencing difficulties with routine daily activities. This service provides a link with the practice and other agencies such as social services, occupational therapy, welfare rights, and voluntary organisations and is a valuable resource for individual patients and their carers.

Talking Therapies

Mental well being is vitally important to everyone’s general health. Our talking therapy service offers self help packages and individual or group therapy from counsellors to support people with mental health and lifestyle problems.

Allied Health Professionals

We can give you access to many other health professionals including dieticians, physiotherapists, mental health professionals, speech therapists, and audiologists. They are trained and registered as therapists with their professional associations.

Self Help

We aim to support patients in looking after their own health. At each surgery patients are able to monitor their own blood pressure and weight.

Patient Participation Group

The Patient Focus Group is a small team of patients and healthcare professionals who work together to promote the development of our services. Membership of the group changes from year to year. The Patient Focus Group be contacted through our Secretary, Shirley Cutts, via email If you are interested in joining the group please ask at your local surgery.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The CAB service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice. We recognise the link between health and wealth and would encourage people with medical or social problems which affect their wellbeing to take up advice. Appointments at Staffa Health with the CAB for advice, are now available by contacting the surgery.

Health Trainers

Health Trainers help people to set goals by developing personal health plans, giving practical support to increase motivation and fitness and make healthier choices. They work closely with facilities supporting exercise in the community.