The Governing Board

Working to improve the health of the whole population registered at our member Practices, including tackling health inequalities.

Increasing resilience in Primary care. Working together in new ways to manage rising demand.

Board Members

Dr Amanda Riley

Clinical Director

I have lived in Darlington since 2005 and completed my GP training at Clifton Court Medical Practice. I went on to work as a Salaried GP at Neasham Road Surgery for a year before taking on a Partnership role at Clifton Court Medical Practice which I held for four years. I have been a director of Primary Healthcare Darlington (PHD- GP Federation) since 2016. I now work three days a week for the PCN and PHD, I work within Darlington as a locum GP and a work a day a week for Darlington and HAST CCG as clinical lead for Frailty. I am married with two young boys who keep me very busy, we enjoy spending time outdoors being active where possible. I am passionate about providing high quality healthcare for the population of Darlington, working within the whole system to improve relationships and deliver care in new ways together. I am also keen to improve the working conditions for all staff working in primary care.

Lucy Smith

Lucy Smith

Practice Manager

I have worked in the healthcare sector for 19 years, and as a Registered Nurse I strongly believe in having the patient at the centre of the care we deliver as providers. I have been Practice Manager at Moorlands Surgery for just over 2 years, and feel that as Primary Healthcare evolves and the needs and demands of patient care increase, it is essential that all care providers including Primary, secondary, the third sector, local authorities and many other providers work collaboratively to deliver equability and excellence in care to the population of Darlington. As a Primary Care Darlington Board Member, I am motivated and dedicated to working with our fellow colleagues to improve and shape systems and services to meet the need of patients now and in the future.

Chris McEwan

Chris McEwan

Lay Member

Chris has served as a Councillor on Darlington Borough Council since 1999, holding several posts including Children Services, Resources and Lead for Economy and Regeneration. In terms of day job, shortly after completing a degree in Economics he joined the NHS, originally through the finance route, and undertook a number of senior roles over the last 25 years, including working with primary care. He left the NHS in early 2017, with his last assignment being within a Commissioning Support Unit leading Continuing Health Care across the North of England working for a number of CCGs. Chris has worked as a Local Government Association Peer Member since 2007, latterly, and since leaving the NHS, undertaking a number of Prevention Matters assignments as well as supporting development of Health and Well Being Boards. He also sits on the Lay Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh. Chris is a keen champion for local engagement and involving local people in the development of Health and Well Being initiatives and more widely, growing community involvement and spirt.

Professor Ahmet Fuat

Professor Ahmet Fuat

GP Partner

I have a vast experience of Primary Care having spent almost 33 years as a GP in Darlington. During that time I have seen many organisational changes and served on various PCG, PCT and CCG positions. I believe that development of Primary Care Networks has for the first time in all these years given us the potential to allow Primary Care to shape patient care, work closely across along practices supporting staff and forge meaningful partnerships with other NHS, third sector and voluntary organisations, hopefully without undue external interference and pressures. By working differently across practices using multidisciplinary teams of receptionists, managers, nurses, GPs, nurse practitioners, advanced nurse practitioners, health care assistants, pharmacists and others we can ensure Primary Care survives to deliver high quality patient care and meet demands of the DESs that we will be tasked with delivering.
I am driven by my desire to always put patient care at the heart of everything I do in the NHS and make no excuse for thinking that is what we should all be aspiring to deliver. I have years of experience in research, cardiovascular disease and education and am willing to take responsibility for these DES areas in the PCN, whilst working with other Board members and supporting the Clinical Director both formally and informally if required.

Dr Helen McLeish

Dr Helen McLeish

GP Partner

I have been a GP for nearly 19 years, and partner at Whinfield Medical Practice for almost 17 of these. I’ve worked full time for all of these years, being fortunate to have a husband who was happy to stay at home to look after our 2 daughters.
I’m our practice prescribing lead. I’m the end of life lead for the CCG, I continue to chair our 2 monthly leads meetings. For the past 5 years I have been a trustee for St Teresa’s Hospice, I’m currently the only practising clinician on the board, and feel I contribute well to the board’s overview of the clinical services the hospice provides, in particular assisting with the development of the rapid response team and their new links with NEAS. I’m the link Trustee for the Community services at the hospice and recently spent a morning with the rapid response team which was very enlightening.
Over the years I have experienced a lot of changes in general practice, fundholding was happening when I was training! For the first time I am quite excited about primary care networks, and how for the first time we will have more control over how we deliver care to our patients in Darlington.

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