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, 57 GP’s covering 107,000 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.

The formation of our company has enabled the 11 Practices to work together at scale to ensure consistent and equitable 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.

Mission Statement

“To provide sustainable high quality healthcare, which ensures the best outcomes for our population and their Darlington NHS pound”

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

 Patient centred high quality care at all times
 Working for our population
 Equity in service delivery
 Focused on outcomes
 Respecting deadlines
 Clinically led and focused
 Excellent and effective communications
 Openness and transparency
 Inclusive and fair

 Reducing inequalities & unwarranted variation

Effective use of resources

 Partnership across providers

 Effective governance

 Robust and resilient




 Nothing is too difficult to deal with

 Money matters, sound financial management

Our Board

Janet Robson
Finance and Communication

As well as the Director with responsibility for finance and communications I am also the Business Manager of PHD working in a full-time role. I have previously worked as a Practice Business Manager for 8 years and as an IT Consultant for 20 years. I am also a Director of a Management Consultancy Company. I am married to a Management Consultant with two adult children.

Sally Hutchinson
Contract and Contract Monitoring

I have worked in the NHS for almost 30 years; the last 10 years as a Practice Manager in Darlington. I am passionate about quality services for patients and ensuring these are provided in Darlington, for the patients of Darlington. My role within the company is Contracts and Contract Monitoring. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my border collie, Meg 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 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 14 years. I have 2 young sons and enjoy spending time outside wearing them out!