Our People

There is no shortage of talent, professionalism and expertise within the Humber Coast and Vale general practice community. The sheer size and diversity of our geography means that we have practices and opportunities to suit you, whatever your preference and career plan.

We asked some of our local colleagues to share their reflections on living and working here…

 

Dr Alan Francis
GP Partner, Manor House Surgery
GP Board Member and Locality Chair for Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire CCG

I started work in Bridlington in 1995 as a newly qualified GP. Bridlington (and the East Riding) is a great place to live and work – fantastic scenery and wildlife, beautiful coastal path running from Hornsea in the south all the way to Filey and beyond in the north, the only chalk cliffs in the north of England, the largest mainland gannet and puffin colony in mainland England, unspoilt beaches, England’s best fish and chip shop (OK that was in 2015!) and very affordable housing. I live in a lovely house in a small village and in heavy traffic it sometimes take as long as 10 minutes to get to work. Our patients are proper Yorkshire folk who tell it how it is and don’t come armed with internet printouts!

I am constantly impressed at the high standard of clinical practice, and the camaraderie amongst local GPs – traditionally an area where GP and staff turnover is low, patient satisfaction good, and even CQC ratings are high. There is scope to work as a partner, as a salaried partner, as a locum, or as a salaried partner employed by a large community services trust.

There are no oysters here, but the world could be your (very affordable) lobster…..



Dr Andrew Green
GP Partner, Hedon Group Practice
UK Policy Lead for Clinical & Prescribing, GPC UK

Holderness, lying quietly between Hull and the sea, is simply a special place. Well beyond the end of the railway-line and the dual-carriageways it’s not a part of the country you pass through, you need a reason to come; but once you do, you’ll stay. Bounded on three sides by water, it’s a land of big skies, open spaces, expansive fields and lonely seascapes.

 

General practice here has features lost in other areas. The long distances make patients more reliant on their practice, and the practices more reliant on themselves. Patient turnover is low, so there is time to get to know patients as people too, and caring for families over generations is common. It’s an area where people chat in the street, where patients become friends, and where you can come home from visits to find a brace of pheasants hung on your door, or a waiting room full of strawberries.



Debbee Wood
Practice Manager, Scartho Medical Centre, North East Lincolnshire

I’ve worked in management within NHS for a long time, predominately in large Hospital Trusts. More recently I took up the post of Practice Manager for a large practice in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire. For me the attraction was the practice’s ethos of continued innovation, personal and professional development and a culture of simply “looking after one another”, supported by less bureaucracy than witnessed before in previous NHS roles.  North East Lincolnshire is a great place to work and live. We are close to the beach, the rolling countryside and have easy and fast transport links to nearby cities such as Hull, Sheffield and Leeds. As a Mum of 2 young boys, we never find ourselves short of things to do and have a choice of activities and adventures at our doorstep!



Dr Faisel Baig
Locum GP
Governing Body GP Member, NHS North Lincolnshire CCG

I went to Manchester Medical School and trained on the South Manchester VTS.  Despite really enjoying living in Manchester and being a hardcore Manchester United fan (and ex-season ticket holder) - there wasn't enough there to lure me away from North Lincolnshire, where I was brought up.  Family does play a role here but there is a lot more about North Lincolnshire that makes it attractive...

There are a variety of practices across a relatively large geography and with different populations.  There are great opportunities for sessional GPs, as well as partnerships.  As a locum GP, I wondered if i would be able to explore other opportunities but the CCG and LMC have been so welcoming - in many respects they are like families, and when  my "friends from the city" suggest I move back, I do not even contemplate it, because this area has welcomed me, allowed me to develop and just keeps giving - so I want to give back.

The greenery, locally grown produce, great schools, simplified transport links and lack of traffic jams are also big plus points.



 

Dr Hisham Nobeebaccus
GP Partner, Gilberdyke Health Centre 

My wife and I chose to settle in this area as we wanted a quiet, rural place to live. The East Riding provides a good quality of life - it’s a nice healthy environment for the children and there’s little traffic. We’re part of the local community here.

I would definitely recommend working in general practice. It’s a rewarding job and I like getting to know my patients and being able to provide continuity of care. Our practice has a low staff turnover and we have not struggled to recruit new members of the team. We’re a teaching practice and find that lots of medical students request to come back here in their third and fifth year. As a partner I can have a real influence on how things are run and can choose to develop and change things in the practice.



Dr John Reay
Training Programme Director
GP, Ayton and Snainton Medical Practice

When nearing the end of my GP training in York I decided to look for a practice in Scarborough so that I could be nearer the countryside in which I wished to spend much of my leisure time. I am not a sailor or a surfer though I do enjoy an invigorating swim in the sea. But it is the accessibility on foot and two wheels of such a diversity of beautiful countryside that I have appreciated over many years of practice here. Coastal, forest and moorland paths are minutes away. On a mountain bike, the Dalby trails are a short ride away as well as a profusion of natural singletrack and moorland and forest tracks. On a road bike there are several classic routes and climbs on the North Yorkshire Moors as well as the quieter roads that roll across the Yorkshire Wolds.

This is me on my way from my back door to Dalby on a sunny winter morning.....



Dr Kevin Anderson
GP Partner, Haxby Group
Director of Primary Care Eduction at Hull York Medical School

Having worked in York for several years, I came to Hull in 2009, when Haxby was awarded three new APMS contracts in the city. I have worked here ever since and split my clinical work between our Kingswood and Orchard Park surgeries.

Hull is a fascinating and vibrant place to work with friendly people and many innovative things happening in healthcare. Involvement in education is the best way to secure the workforce of the future and has always been a keen interest for me. As well as being a GP trainer, alongside the team at Haxby I have led development of the Advanced Training Practice scheme in our area which is now a network of over 40 practices extending across Humber, Coast and Vale. The scheme fosters training infrastructure and aims to increase opportunities for nursing and allied professionals to develop a career in primary care.

More recently I have become the Director of Primary Care Education at HYMS and hope to help ensure that the medical school continues to enthuse the next generation of Doctors to stay and work in this great area, many in general practice.



Dr Phil Hughes
GP Trainer
GP at Eastfield Medical Centre, Scarborough

I have always been a polymath, so General Practice was a logical choice, and so was the Moors and Coast.  I live in a small village between Scarborough and Whitby and as a keen walker I am able to set off from my front door and almost immediately am out on the moors, the coast, or hidden rarely walked paths through ancient woodlands.  For a change I can discover the past from prehistory, through the Romans to the Alum Industry and Ravenscar, "the town that never was."

There is a Barn Owl who regularly hunts in my garden.  Deer, foxes, hares and a huge range of birds can be seen on my walks, and if I go down to the beach at the right time of the year there are plenty of seals watching me hunting for fossils.  I believe there are few places that offer such a range of scenery and wildlife so close together and easily accessible.



Dr Yasmin Zaidy
Salaried GP, Gilberdyke Health Centre  

Before I retrained as a GP I was a hospital doctor specialising in general internal medicine. I was unsatisfied with the job as there was a lot of pressure to do things quickly with no time to properly explain things to patients and spend time with them one-to-one. Everyone was so stressed out in that environment and I got to the point where I felt it was the right time to change.

Working in a rural practice means you can form a personal relationship with patients. General practice really does provide care from birth right through to end of life.

In this area we have beautiful countryside with the Yorkshire Wolds. My husband is a keen cyclist and we both enjoy going for long walks.

I have found in general practice that there is no hierarchy – everyone’s opinions are taken into account and the whole team, including our top-notch receptionists, work together. It’s a very rewarding job and you have real autonomy to make decisions. There are lots of different routes open to you to specialise in what interests you – you can choose how much to get involved.



 

Dr Kyla Turnham
Salaried GP, Pelham Medical Group

I'm an 8 session GP working in Grimsby.

Having left my home town in Warwickshire and graduating from Hull York Medical School, I chose to train as a GP and settle in this area for a variety of reasons.  With close links to vibrant and up-and-coming cities, seasides, national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, the geography alone has a lot to offer.

Combined with affordable housing, friendlier people and a sense of wanting to help in an area that would make the most difference, staying in the Humber region was a no-brainer for me.



Ralph Bailey
Practice Business Manager, Princes Avenue Medical Centre, Hull

I was born and bred in East Yorkshire and although I have travelled a great deal in the Royal Navy and worked all over the United Kingdom in the Pharmaceutical Industry, as a Nurse and in Management, I have yet to be lured away on a permanent basis to anywhere other than 'God's own County'.

I am an ardent walker and will easily cover over a hundred miles (not including the hills) on holiday.  My choice of holiday destination is... Humber, Coast and Vale.  We have big uninterrupted skies around Hull and the lower east coast, fantastic cliff walks from Bridlington to Whitby and the rugged beautiful landscapes associated with the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales.

I joined my practice with a mind-set that I would stay about 6 months but I found the other Practice Managers to be knowledgeable, very welcoming and incredibly supportive.  Two years on and Hull is moving steadily towards providing a health service provision that will take us into the next decade and I am proud to say I am part of it.



Dr Zoe Norris
Locum GP
Chair of Sessional Subcommittee, GPC UK

I came to the East Riding to be closer to family but have settled here because of the opportunities for me professionally and my family personally.

There are a huge range of practices to choose from, with a real mix of traditional and modern.  Opportunities for a true portfolio career in the wider NHS are readily available, and I've been pleased that local CCGs and organisations have been open to salaried and locum doctors taking those roles up as well as partners.  There is an active Local Medical Committee (LMC) so I feel I am being represented as a GP, and their support means I've been able to get involved with medical politics at national level.

For the kids there are excellent schools to choose from, a huge range of outdoor activities both inland and at the coast.  We are near to major road and rail routes so travel is easy.

It's a great area to settle, particularly for salaried and locum GPs, with a forward thinking and engaged group of doctors and local leaders.