DR JASWINDER GILL
MB ChB MRCGP MRCS DLO MSC
Dr Gill qualified in 1996 and joined the practice in October 2008. Dr Gill's special interests are ENT, Minor Surgery and Palliative Care.
DR NAVIN NIRMAL
Dr Nirmal qualified at Pondhicherry University India in 2001. He has worked in various medical specialities in the UK and has experience of managing patients with medical complexities. He has a particular interest in Cardiology and acute medicine, along with an interest in minor operations at the practice. He also has experience working as a Registrar in the Accident and Emergency Department. He is a fully qualified GP trainer and also a GP appraiser.
DR AMIT SINHA
MBBS, MRCP(Lon), MRCP(UK), MRCGP, PGCME, FRCGP
Dr Sinha qualified from Calcutta Medical College, India and has been working in the NHS since 1996. He has trained in Clinical Medicine and worked in Medical Registrar Grade in Gastroenterology and Pulmonary Medicine in London Hospitals after his MRCP. He has been a GP Partner in Chelmsford from 2003 and Clinical Lead in MECCG from 2012-14. He moved to Blandford in 2018. He is an approved Postgraduate trainer and GP Appraiser since. He was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College for his contribution to General Practice.
DR EMMANUEL JESSA
MRCOG, FWACS, MRCGP, FRACGP, PG Cert Med Ed (Cambridge), LLB (Hons)
Dr Jessa qualified from the University of Ibadan 1984, where he specialised in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with West African College of Surgeons (FWACS) and Member Royal College of O&G (MRCOG). In 1999 he obtained Membership in General Practice (MRCGP) and worked as a GP trainer and Partner at Blandford Medical Centre until 2013 when he relocated to Australia for 5 years, working as GP Trainer and Conjoint Lecturer at Western Sydney University until his return to us in 2018.
DR SANJEEV MASKARA
MRCGP(UK), FRACGP(Australia), PGCME (UK), DFSRH(UK), DGM(UK), DCP(India), MBBS (India)
Dr Maskara qualified from one of the best and prestigious medical schools in India and did his higher post graduate training in family medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland. With over 23 years clinical work experience in the UK (NHS), Australia (Medicare) and India, his areas of expertise are elderly care, chronic disease management and medical education. He is a GP Trainer, NHS GP appraiser and GP Specialist adviser (GP SpA) for Care Quality Commission (CQC).
DR FIONA KNAPMAN
Dr Knapman qualified in 1990 from London and joined the practice in May 2010 as a Salaried Doctor. She works at the practice during school term time only.
Our Reception team are trained Care Navigators guided by our Doctors. They are your first point of call at the Practice and know which areas our clinicians specialise in. Contrary to popular belief they are asking you questions so they can advise on the appropriate course of action, not making life difficult for you.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners
Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP) are registered nurses who have completed extra training and academic qualifications to be able to clinically assess, diagnose, refer and treat patients who present with undiagnosed or undifferentiated problems.
ANPs are highly-trained health professionals that can undertake complex reviews of patients. They can assess symptoms and build a picture of a patient’s condition, treat minor health problems.
Nurse Practitioners are trained specialist nurses. They are highly experienced nurses and have undertaken additional education to prescribe medication.
Nurse practitioners can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor for in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long-term conditions such as Diabetes, COPD and Asthma
The nurse practitioners can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and prescribe.
Practice Nurses are involved in almost every aspect of patient care and treatment, undertaking such tasks as: Treating small injuries, helping with minor operations done under local anaesthetic. Helping people manage long term conditions. Health screening, family planning, baby immunisations. Asthma and Diabetes clinics, travel health advice and vaccinations
Nurse Associates and Trainee Nurse Associates
Nurse Associates are a role introduced to help build the capacity of the nursing workforce and the delivery of high quality care. Starting off as HCAs they are also trained to assist nurses with smear clinics, contraceptive checks, health screening, wounds and vaccinations.
Health Care Assistants
Health Care Assistants (HCAs) carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement, dressings. They also complete NHS, Learning Disability and Pre-diabetic Health Checks.
Our Paramedic team support our housebound and Care Home patients providing a virtual ward round and providing home visits for those unable to attend. Including Covid & Flu vaccinations.
C Jones - Practice Manager
L Murfet - Operations Manager
N Buckingham - Finance Manager
J Knight - Reception Manager
Our Pharmacists undertake medication reviews and support patients with their long term conditions. They work closely with our doctors, nurses and dispensary teams as well as Care Home staff.
Our care co-ordinators work closely with the staff and patients in Care Homes and ensure our patients with increasing frailty are supported with the appropriate services and ensure each patient has a personalised care and support plan in line with their wishes.
First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP)
Our FCPs are physiotherapists specialising on musculoskeletal conditions. They can request further tests and referrals if necessary.
Our Social Prescriber supports patients by working with them to enhance wellbeing and link them with services in the community that can help with any social difficulties they have.
Our Dispensary team process the many medication requests, make alternations to medications as advised by the hospital letters.
Our Administration team ensure that all correspondence is work flowed to the appropriate teams. They also ensure that all clinical letters, discharge summaries are filed to the records and diagnosis are added to the record.
The secretarial team deal with all referrals, insurance reports, DVLA and DWP requests and Subject Access Requests (copy records).
Although not staff of the practice we can directly request the support of our community teams such as district nurses - to look after patients in their homes, community phlebotomy (taking blood samples) for housebound patients. Health Visitors - supporting parents and our younger patients.