Meet the Team

Our Doctors

General Practitioners provide consultations in surgeries and through home visits.

GPs are not NHS staff. They are independent contractors to the NHS and provide their own premises and employ their own staff.

The doctors provide a wide range of family health services including:

  • Diagnosis, advice and treatment of health problems
  • Vaccinations and preventive medical interventions
  • Management of long-term health conditions
  • Examinations and treatment
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Referrals to other health services and social services
  • Contraception advice and sexual health services
  • Maternity care

Dr Rasheed

BSc MB.BS. 1987, FRCSI, MRCGP

– Male
Dr Rasheed joined the Whitworth Medical Centre in 2001.
Dr Rasheed is trained in use of the dermoscope to assess skin lesions and moles. He is responsible for our cryotherapy sessions.

Dr Rashed Aslam

MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) 2005 : MRCGP 2010

– Male
Dr Aslam has been very well received as a locum for more than year and formally joined our team as a GP in February 2021

Dr Noveen Zia

MB ChB (hons) 2001; MRCGP 2005; DFSRH 2005; DRCOG 2004 (update 2014)

– Female
Dr Zia worked as a full time GP at the surgery from 2009 up to 2019.
She returned in 2021 after the birth of her daughter to provide one day a week of GP services and contraception services (coil and implant fittings)

Our Nursing Team

The Practice Nurses are responsible for basic nursing care such as dressings, ear syringing etc.

A very large amount of the practice nurses time is involved in the monitoring and management of chronic diseases. The practice nurses follow approved clinic protocols to monitor conditions such as ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, asthma, diabetes and hypertension. They have regular educational updates in their fields of interest.

Practice nurses liaise with other members of the primary care team where necessary to ensure appropriate care is provided.

Practice nurses are available for guidance and monitoring of the health care assistants.

Practice nurses also provide preventive health care such as vaccinations, well person health checks and routine dietary advice, smoking advice and treatment.

Rachel

Practice Nurse

– Female
Rachel joined our team in March 2013. An experienced nurse with a varied nursing background, this is Rachel’s first post in Primary care.

Ever keen to learn and use her knowledge to improve patient care Rachel has successfully completed Diploma Modules in Chronic Disease Management for both Diabetes and Respiratory Disease.

Rachel has a keen interest in weight management and healthy lifestyles.

Joanne

Practice Nurse

– Female
We were very happy to have Joanne join our team in 2019. She provides practice nursing services including adult and child vaccination clinics, treatment room services and chronic disease monitoring.

Sairoon Ahmed

– Female
Sairoon joined our nursing team in 2022

District Nurses

The District Nursing Team are  not a part of our practice and are not based with us but we work closely with their team  to serve our patients needs. They are based at the Smallbridge Clinic

Single Point of Access : 0161 763 8525 (24/7 calls answered)

  • The district nursing team supply similar services as Practice nurses to patients who are housebound temporarily or permanently.
  • District nurses specialise in dressings and in particular care for leg ulcers.
  • District nurses are often responsible for post operative or post discharge care after a patient is discharged from hospital.
  • District nurses are often heavily involved in care for terminally ill patients (in conjunction with the Macmillan nurses).

Other Clinical Staff

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants are not fully qualified nurses.

They are however trained in many of the basic nursing fields in order to free up the specialist practice and district nurses time.

Healthcare assistants are responsible for taking blood samples, measuring blood pressure, taking ECG’s(heart traces), obtaining weight/height readings etc.

They follow set guidelines and have specific advice about when to seek advice from the practice nurse or doctor.

Jayne Barrett

Healthcare Assistant

– Female
We were very lucky to have Jayne join our team in late 2021.
As a Healthcare assistant, Jayne provides the surgery with investigations such as phlebotomy, ECGs, ambulatory blood pressure checks etc.
Jayne is trained to administer many vaccinations.

She also supports the clinical team by providing lifestyle and preventive medicine advice to our patients.

Donna Jackson

– Female
Donna joined our team as a healthcare assistant in 2021

Physician Associate

Physician associates are trained health professionals who provide crucial support to doctors and have regular direct contact with patients

Physician associates work under the direct supervision of a doctor and carry out many similar tasks, including the examination, diagnosis, management and care of patients. They are supervised by a GP.

Reece

Physician Associate

– Male

Anam Altaf

Pharmacist – Female

Primary Care Pharmacist

Anam joined our team in 2021.
As a pharmacist in primary care, she is invaluable in dealing with changes in medication form secondary care, medication queries and medication reviews.

Midwifes

Community midwives are the primary provider of antenatal and postnatal care.

They are also responsible for overseeing home deliveries.

They are experts in maternity care but where necessary will refer patients on to their obstetrician or GP.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists help and treat people of all ages with physical problems caused by illness, accident or ageing.

Physiotherapy helps people to improve their range of movement in order to promote health and well-being. This can help people to live more independently.

Physiotherapy involves a range of treatments, including manipulation, massage and exercise.

Physiotherapy techniques can improve your ability to use parts of the body that are affected by disease or injury. For example, arthritis is a long-term condition that causes painful and stiff joints. Physiotherapy can help to keep the joints mobile and strengthen the surrounding muscles.

Our Practice Team

Miss Sharon Smith

Practice Manager

Sharon joined the team in September 2021 as our Practice manager.

Pete

Team Leader

Karen

Secretary

Karen deals with incoming and outgoing documents, referral and other administrative tasks

Catherine

Secretary

Melissa

Secretary

Melissa joined our team as a receptionist in October 2016.  She is now part of our secretarial/administration team since June 2020.

She is here to help with any queries you may have with referrals and to assist the clinical staff in administrative duties.

Roma

Senior Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Roma is our senior receptionists and administration assistants. She has worked at Whitworth Medical Centre since 2001 and is responsible for assisting in the smooth running of the reception area. Roma studied hard to achieve the AMSPAR Diploma in Primary Care Management in February 2008.

Roma is also responsible for several administration roles including the over-seeing of the Cervical Smear Screening Program.

Alison

Reception Manager

Alison joined the practice in 2004 as a receptionist, soon progressed to senior receptionist and we were delighted that she accepted the position of reception manager a couple of years later.  She is responsible for the smooth running of the reception and telephone lines.

Laura

Receptionist and Administrator

Laura joined the Reception team as a part time member of staff back in March 2022 but soon went full time and split her time between working on Reception and helping the Practice Manager with administrative tasks throughout the surgery.
Laura is also responsible for several administration roles including the over-seeing of the Medicines Management Audit.

Janice

Receptionist

Nichola

Receptionist

Nichola joined the Reception team January 2022

Victoria

Receptionist

Tiegan

Receptionist

Tiegan is our newest member to the Reception team starting work with us February 2023.