Enhanced Health in Care Home Team for Darlington
Learning Disability and Elderly Care

“People living in care homes should expect the same level of health care support and treatment as if they were living in their own home.” 

There is now a national policy to support residents of care homes, with primary care services being the first point of contact in the healthcare system. 

The Darlington Care Home Team are employed by the GP Federation- Primary Healthcare Darlington (PHD) to provide care home support services on behalf of Darlington Primary Care Network (PCN) which encompasses all 11 GP practices in the area. 

The Care Home Team consists of a Clinical Lead, GP’s, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians and Care Coordinators. We work closely with the Community Specialist Practitioner (community matron) from County Durham and Darlington Foundation and the GP Practices to ensure residents receive high quality, collaborative care and to provide a support network for those caring for them. 

This proactive coordinated care is centred on the resident to ensure: 

We achieve this by supporting care homes with:

Our Values: 

Working together to improve the lives of those living in Darlington care homes.

  • Safe, quality, effective support in medicines management using best practice that is evidenced based and innovative. 
  • Respect for all- being honest and transparent, showing compassion ad understanding of resident needs, priorities, abilities and limits.
  • Looking after our own health and wellbeing
  • Being responsive, consistent and professional.

Follow this link for more information on the Enhanced Health in Care Home Framework.

Meet the Team

Dr Amanda Riley

GP Clinical Lead

 

Amanda Riley

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!

Alison Harle

Care Home Clinical Lead
Pharmacy Technician

 

Alison Harle

Hi, I’m Alison, pharmacy technician and clinical lead for the care home team. I qualified as a technician 23 years ago and have worked in hospital, community and primary care. I have worked as a care home technician for 5 years and love the role. I am passionate about ensuring care home residents get the best person-centred care and supporting care staff with medicines management. I have two children, a husband and three black and white cats. I love reading, baking and gardening.

Ann Watson

Care Home Pharmacist

 

Ann Watson

I first qualified as a pharmacist 28 years ago and have worked as a Care Home Pharmacist for the last 6 years. I complete Structured Medication Reviews for care home residents as part of the MDT. I have just qualified as an Independent Prescriber. At home I have two Fox Red Labradors that I love to spend time with on the beach.

Catherine Graham

Care Home Pharmacy Technician

 

Catherine Graham

I'm Catherine and I'm the Pharmacy Technician for the Care homes team at PHD. I've been working in community pharmacy for the past 7 years but I'm passionate about the ethos PHD has to making a difference to the residents in the care homes, so was delighted to be able to join this fantastic team. 

I have 2 grownup children with my husband David who is in the British Army. We enjoy travelling and exploring European cities, but my favourite pastime is spending time with my little springer spaniel Oscar.

Dr. Jodie Harrison

Care Home GP

 

Dr. Jodie Harrison

I graduated from University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2006 and became a GP in 2014 after taking some time out to have my two sons who are now 10 and 8. I have worked as a salaried GP and a GP partner and now do locum sessions alongside the care homes work. In my spare time I try and get to the gym at least twice a week and catch up with friends and family, as well as a substantial amount of time watching kids football! 

Dr. Kirsty Walker

 

 

Dr. Kirsty Walker

I have been a doctor in Darlington for over 20 years working mainly as a GP, initially at Denmark Street Surgery and now at Neasham Road Surgery. I have also been on the Enhanced Care in Care homes team since its inception and look after 3 of the care homes in the town - The Grange, Ventress Hall and Willow Green. I also sit on the Primary Care Network Board and have been one of the clinical leads for the covid vaccination programme and rollout of flu and covid boosters. I live locally and enjoy spending time with my family and dog.

Mike Campling

Care Home Care Coordinator

 

Mike Campling

My name is Mike Campling and I work as a Care Home Coordinator for Primary Healthcare Darlington. I have worked in Health and social care for the last 20 years in a variety of different roles in both the private and public sector. When I'm at home I love spending time with my wife and three children on the farm where we live.

Barbara Nimmo

Care Home Pharmacist

 

Barbara Nimmo

I has worked as a Pharmacist in Darlington since September 1991, initially in Secondary Care at Darlington Memorial Hospital, before moving into Primary Care in June 2004, working within the GP Practices in the town.

In June 2020, I started working with Primary Healthcare Darlington, joining the multi-disciplinary teams supporting the care homes in the town.

Dr. Ellen Bruggink

Care Home GP

 

Dr. Ellen Bruggink

Hello, I’m Ellen one of the Care Home GP’s. I was born and bred in The Netherlands,
went to medical school in Amsterdam, qualified in 1988 and moved to the UK in 1989.

I completed my GP training on the Cleveland GP scheme and worked as a GP partner for over 25 years in Darlington until 2020. I joined the EHiCH team in January 2021 looking after 8 care homes.


I play tennis badly, go running and walking and like to cook.

Karrean Flavin-Burnip

Care Home Care Coordinator

 

Karrean Flavin-Burnip

I have over ten years of experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds across multiple agencies and organisations. I am thrilled to be working within an integrated team that is striving to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Darlington.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my 2 daughters and husband. I also enjoy hosting family and friends. I enjoy a range of activities including pilates, walking and dancing to improve my own health and well-being. I love trying new recipes and adding my own Jamaican twist!

Helen Marsh

Care Home Care Coordinator

 

Helen Marsh

Hi, my name is Helen, and I am a care coordinator for the Care Home Team.  I started the role in March 2022 and I’m excited to be part of the team as we develop and support the residents and their families in the care homes across the town. I have worked in Health Care for more than 17 years in a variety of roles and elderly care has also been my passion.  This role allows me to support residents and to ensure they have the same opportunities for health and social care as if they were still living in their own home. I love to spend time with my family and friends, and I enjoy party planning and relaxing on the sofa with my 2 black and white cats.  

Andrea King

Pharmacy Technician

 

Andrea King

Hi, I’m Andrea, Pharmacy Technician with the Care Home Team.

I qualified as a Pharmacy Technician in 1992 while working in Secondary Care. I moved to Primary Care in 2015 as a Dispensary Manager at a GP Practice.

I started with the Darlington Care home Team in April 2022. I am passionate about making a difference to resident’s health and care and being able to support care staff with managing medicines safely.

I enjoy being with my husband, 2 children and 2 dogs in my spare time. I like watching rugby, reading and socialising with friends.