Our Staff

Doctors

All of our doctors are generalists but each has developed areas of special interest. Patients are free to choose between the doctors in the practice and you may consult different doctors for specific problems. It will be helpful, however, if you try to see the same doctor as much as possible.

DR MARK HOWCUTT

MA, BM BCh, DCH, FRCGP, Cert Med Ed

Qualified at Oxford University in 1997. Worked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital before joining the practice in 2000 as GP registrar. He returned as partner in 2002. He is married and has three children. He has special interests in child and adolescent health, respiratory disease and rheumatology. He is interested in the use of computers in General Practice. He is one of the practice’s GP trainers. He continues to work out of hours locally for Bucks Urgent Care. He is also a GP appraiser.

DR NICOLA WELLS

MB BS, FRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, Cert Med Ed

Qualified at University College, London, in 1997. Became partner at Haddenham in May 2004, having previously worked as a full time salaried GP. She has special interests in palliative care, women’s health and diabetes. She is one of the practice’s GP trainers. She also is an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

DR KAREN WEST

MB ChB, MRCGP

Qualified at Manchester University in 1999. Became partner at Haddenham in July 2008 having previously worked as a partner in a practice in Cambridgeshire. She has special interests in child health and women’s health. She is also a GP appraiser.

DR KAISER MUNIR

MBBS, BSc, MRCGP

Qualified at University College, London in 2005. Worked in London before joining the practice in 2012 as a partner. He is married and has two children. His special interests include minor surgery, cardiology, diabetes and palliative care. He is responsible for our medical student training. He continues to work for the Out of Hours provider, Harmoni.

DR BRIONY RIXON

MBBCH, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH, LOCSDI

Qualified in 2007 in Cardiff and became a member of Royal college of GPs in 2013. Briony previously worked in Aylesbury before moving to the practice. She has a special interest in women’s health and sexual health.

Foundation Programme Doctor

As a training practice, we are sometimes joined by foundation programme doctors for four months. He or she is a fully qualified doctor having usually completed at least one year of hospital training. Foundation doctors are not training to be GPs but attached as part of their junior doctor training. They join us to learn general skills and gain a greater understanding of the practice of medicine in different settings.

GP Trainee

We are a Training Practice and so from time to time we are joined by a GP Trainee. He or she is a fully qualified doctor having already completed at several years of hospital training who may join us for an attachment of several months between hospital jobs before joining us for a final year to complete their specialist GP training. In our role as a Training Practice we are regularly inspected to ensure a high quality of care and efficient administration.

Nurses

JENNIFER PULLEN

Jenny’s specialist areas are Travel Clinic & Immunisations (childhood / adult).

CHRIS ELDRIDGE

Chris specialises in diabetes care.

BEVERLEY AL-HILLAWI

Beverley specialises in respiratory care.

Healthcare Assistants

EILEEN MCCARTER

Eileen runs a clinic in the morning to take blood when requested by your doctor or nurse. She is also able to test urine, take ECG heart tracings and monitor blood pressure. Eileen can also provide Smoking Cessation advice and support and NHS Health Checks.

SARAH DAVIS

Sarah runs a clinic in the morning to take blood when requested by your doctor or nurse. She is also able to test urine, take ECG heart tracings and monitor blood pressure.

Practice Management

The Practice Manager is responsible for the administration, organisation and management of the Practice. She also has responsibility for the financial management of the practice, as well as ensuring the wellbeing of patients, doctors and staff.

ELLEN SOLLEY

Practice Manager

Receptionists

Our Receptionist Staff are there to help you. They have extensive knowledge of the facilities and services available. When telephoning for medical attention the receptionist may ask for a few details, this will enable them to help you in the most appropriate way or to enable the clinical staff to prioritise patients. Please be assured that the rules of confidentiality apply equally to all practice staff. You will not need to see the doctor every time you require a repeat prescription. If you have any queries concerning your prescription, the receptionist will be more than happy to assist with any general enquires.

Secretaries

There is one secretary between all the doctors, who will be happy to help with any general enquires or pass on any messages for your doctor. If you have a query regarding a referral please ask to speak to the secretary.

Finance and Audit

The audit clerk assists the doctors in clinical audit to ensure we continue to provide good quality care. Also responsible for updating the accounts and providing audits to the NHS.

Notes and Computer Clerk

Is responsible for maintaining the computer systems. She also supervises the electronic scanning of letters onto the computer systems. She deals with the registration of new patients and removal of patients who have transferred out of the practice area. The computer clerk is also responsible for the upkeep and summarising of medical records.

District Nurses

District Nurses provide skilled nursing care to patients in their own homes. We are fortunate in having an excellent district nursing team allocated to the practice but they are now based in Thame where they work with other district nurses and other community staff. District Nurses provide care for the chronic sick, acute illnesses, wound care, leg ulcer management and prevention, early discharges from hospital, palliative and terminal care, counselling and support for patients and carers. Due to budgetary constraints at AVCCG, the district nursing team may not be able to do everything they have previously done for our patients. If they are not allowed to assist then they will discuss alternative sources of help with you.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitor holds their clinics at the Children’s Centre in Haddenham. Thame. They are available to give advice and support on any matters affecting health, particularly for expectant mothers, families with young children and the elderly. As well as monitoring and advising on the growth and development of young children, they also run post-natal groups to support mothers and teach baby massage. Due to budgetary constraints at AVCCG, the health visiting team may not be able to do everything they have previously done for our patients. If they are not allowed to assist then they will discuss alternative sources of help with you. If you have any concerns or would like to see a member of the team, please phone on 01296 212353.

Midwife

The Midwife is attached to the practice and is available to provide maternity services in practice. If you are pregnant, you can collect a maternity pack from reception. As well as providing useful information for the early stages of pregnancy, there is a form inside which we would ask you to complete and return to reception. This informs the midwife of your pregnancy and allows her to contact you to arrange the necessary tests and first appointment.