About Us

Providing sustainable high quality healthcare
Who Are We?

Primary Healthcare Darlington was established in 2014 as the local GP federation consisting of 11 GP Practices covering an ever increasing population of 108,000+  registered patients in Darlington, County Durham. We have close links with Darlington Borough Council and local NHS Foundation Trusts and have the full support and backing of Darlington CCG. We also work closely with and provide support to the Darlington Primary Care Network.

The formation of our company has enabled the 11 Practices to work together at scale to ensure consistent and equitable NHS services for the registered patients of Darlington . We have the great advantage of using the same clinical system, SystmOne, which enables all Practices to work as one when using clinical templates and pathways.

Working from newly refurbished dedicated premises close to Darlington Memorial Hospital we provide NHS, Public Health and Private Medical Services.

Mission Statement

“To provide sustainable high quality healthcare, which ensures the best outcomes for the population of Darlington”

Our Vision
“General Practices working collaboratively, in partnership with our communities and other service providers, adopting new and innovative approaches to deliver sustainable healthcare.”
Our Values

Open, Honest & Transparent

 Effective & efficient use of resources

Inclusive of all practices across Darlington regardless of size

 Patient centered high quality care at all times

  Collaborative & Supportive of member practices


Our Board
Janet Robson
Finance and Communication

As well as being a Director at PHD I am also the Business Manager working in a full-time role overseeing the Finance, HR and Operational aspects of the company ensuring an efficient service to our patients and a pleasant and supportive place for staff to work. I have 14 years’ experience as a manager within the NHS with 20 years previous experience as an IT consultant. In my free time I enjoy travel and my new love of playing the Ukulele.

Sally Hutchinson
Contract and Contract Monitoring

I have worked in the NHS for over 30 years both in secondary and primary care.  For the last 16 years I have worked in Darlington as Practice Manager, gaining valuable experience and insight into the issues within primary care and providing quality services to the patients of Darlington. I believe strongly in ensuring quality services are available for patients in Darlington.  My role within the PHD is overseeing Contracts and Contract Monitoring; ensuring the services we do provide are of a high quality. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running and partaking in the social life in and around Darlington!

Dr Chris Mathieson
Corporate Governance
I have been a GP in Darlington for seven years. Prior to this I worked in Accident and Emergency Medicine in Teesside. I still maintain an interest in Urgent Care and have done much work in this area for Darlington CCG, before becoming a Director for PHD. I have lived in the North East for more than 20 years after an education primarily in Scotland. I am passionate about developing the best primary medical care for the patients of Darlington. Outside of work I enjoy golf and football.
Dan Palmer
Medical Director
I graduated from Manchester University in 2005 after completing the St Andrew’s-Manchester medical degree. I worked in various posts in North Tees and Hartlepool before moving to New Zealand in 2007 where I worked as a GP. I returned to the UK in 2009 and completed the UK GP training programme in 2012. I am also a GP trainer. I have a particular interest in sports medicine and currently work with local football clubs. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit and have a busy family life with my two young children.
Amanda Riley
Chief Executive

I qualified from Newcastle in 2007 and became a GP in 2014. I completed my GP training in Darlington. I went on to work at Neasham Road Surgery and then became a Partner at Clifton Court Medical Practice, I became a director of PHD in 2016. I left Clifton Court in April 2019 and became Clinical Director of Darlington Primary Care Network.  I am passionate about Primary Care, providing high quality services for patients and helping to make services sustainable for the future. I have lived in Darlington for the last 16 years. I have 2 young sons and enjoy spending time outside wearing them out!