Simon Curtis - MBBS MRCP FRCGP
Simon is the Medical Director of NB Medical Education, a partner at a training practice in central Oxford and an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Oxford University. He qualified from Middlesex/UCH in 1988 and started his career in hospital medicine. After drifting through various medical specialties he ‘saw the light’ and moved into General Practice in 1995. He has worked as a partner, salaried and locum GP in the UK, Australia and Italy. He also has experience as a VTS Course Organiser. He co-founded the Hot Topics course in 1998 and has established the course internationally. He has a genuine passion and enthusiasm for General Practice which is reflected in his teaching style.
Neal Tucker - BM MRCGP
Neal is the E-learning lead for NB Medical Education and a lecturer on the Hot Topics course. Having previously been a partner in an Oxford practice, he now works on a sessional basis around Oxford to facilitate his educational work. He has an interest in social media and believes the world is a better place connected. When not working you can find him either on his bike or reading sci-fi.
Neal is also the lead for the NB Medical Podcasts
Siobhan Becker - MB BS DRCOG MRCGP (DIST)
Siobhan Becker is a GP partner in Oxford, and honorary senior clinical lecturer for the University of Oxford. She qualified in London in 1995 and has been a GP for 15 years. Siobhan has been involved in education for many years with students from the first to final year, both teaching and examining. She is highly enthusiastic about General Practice and tries to convert all her students to it. She is also the commissioning lead for her practice
Her time outside of work is filled with her family of teenagers as well as running, skiing, surfing, camping and generally not sitting still!
Kate Digby - MBBCH MRCP MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH
Kate is a GP in Gloucestershire and immersed in the world of Medical Education, especially training. She's a GP Training Programme Director for Severn Deanery and also teaches at Bristol Uni. As well as great clinical and teaching experience, Kate has charisma, energy and a passion for GP. She's a natural presenter and communicator. She's also a 'Tough Mudder'! Kate is our GP Training lead, helping to make our educational products as useful as possible for Trainees.
Zoe Norris - MRCGP DSRH DRCOG DCH
Dr Zoe Norris trained at the University of Nottingham before undertaking her junior doctor posts and GP training in Lincolnshire. She moved to East Yorkshire and currently works with Yorkshire Medical Chambers. She is Prescribing Lead, and Clinical Lead for the Individual Funding request panel at Hull CCG. She works as a GP appraiser for the Yorkshire and Humber area team, and sits on the local LMC.
Zoe is well known for her regular writing for The Huffington Post about working as a GP in the NHS. She makes regular radio and TV appearances to discuss issues affecting general practice, and writes for Pulse. Zoe is NB Medical’s social media lead.
Stephanie de Giorgio - MBBS, MRCGP, DFFP, DRCOG, PGCERTMEDED
Stephanie is GP based in East Kent. She qualified from Kings College in 2000 and initially trained to registrar level in Obstetrics and Gynaecology before transferring to General Practice. She has continued her interest in women’s health into her GP career, particularly in the areas of contraception and perinatal mental health, a subject on which she has written guidelines for GPs. She has significant experience in education having worked as a Programme Director & trainer for the East Kent VTS for 6 years and an appraiser for 4 years. The issue of GP peer support and preventing burnout is of key importance to her and she set up Resilient GP with colleagues to try to facilitate this. She also represents GPs nationally on the GPC and works for South Kent Coast CCG as clinical communications lead.
In 2019, Stephanie was named Wellness Warrior runner up in Boots UK's Women of the Year list for her outstanding work to help parents suffering perinatal mental illness. You can find out more about Stephanie's work in this field from the Boots UK YouTube channel.
She lives by the seaside with her husband, 2 children and 2 cats and loves spending time with good friends over wonderful food.
Robert Walker - BA BM BCH DRCOG MRCGP
Rob Walker is a GP Partner in a busy training practice in Basingstoke. He trained in Oxford and qualified in 2001. He thrives on trying to master the art of translating evidence into patient-centred care. He has recently finished a four year stint as education and research lead at North Hampshire CCG and continues to provide the GPs of North Hampshire with updates on the latest guidelines and EBM. He is a new member of the team charged with reviewing and writing material for the Hot Topics course and book. When not elbow deep in BMJs or NICE guidelines he can be found running in the Hampshire countryside or playing the ancient game of Real Tennis in Oxford.
Sarah Davies - MBBCH (HONS) MRCP MRCGP DFRSH PGDIPDIABETES (DIST)
Sarah is a GP in Cardiff. She qualified at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003 and initially trained in hospital medicine, especially diabetes, before making the excellent move into general practice and never looked back! She has continued her interest in diabetes completing the PostGraduate Diploma and presenting regularly on the subject to colleagues at local and national meetings. She is passionate about general practice and particularly great quality diabetes care in the primary care setting. She has recently been appointed a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion for her work in improving service provision and health care professional education in diabetes.
Outside of work she is surrounded by ballet costumes and football boots and loves walking her dog in the local countryside.
Duncan Hill - MB CHB, BSC, MRCS(E), MRCGP
Duncan is a GP partner in south Manchester. He qualified from Manchester University in 2004. On completion he trained in neurosurgery before finding nirvana in primary care. He has developed extensive personal and clinical experience of MSK injuries and regularly teaches this, minor surgery and joint injections, presenting at national conferences. While not in his GP practice Duncan works as part of the frailty service in A/E at Manchester University foundation trust trying to help manage the frail elderly and bridge the void between primary and secondary care, which he is passionate about.
When not at work he will be running in the hills, tinkering with bicycles or spending time with his young family, anything to not stand still.
Mark Hadden - MRCGP, BSC (MED SCI), MBCHB, ALS, APLS, ATLS, BASICS PHEC
Mark is a GP in Dollar, Scotland and is the Scottish lead for NB. He has a wealth of general, acute and emergency medical experience and continues to work in a variety of urgent care environments including A+E and GP OOH. He teaches allied health professionals making the transition to primary care at Stirling University. He qualified from Glasgow in 2001. When he isn't negotiating with toddlers he is enjoying the fresh air on a bike or skis.
Will Duffin - MBChB MRCGP DCD DCH PGCertMEd FAcadMEd FRGS
Will is a Plymouth based Locum and Urgent Care GP with a diverse portfolio career. He previously trained as a registrar in Emergency Medicine in Australia before completing his GP training in Cornwall in 2016. His other roles are the Medical Director for World Extreme Medicine and an academic tutor for the MSc programme in Extreme Medicine at Exeter University. He has provided medical cover over a dozen overseas expeditions from commercial high altitude treks, to working with UNICEF in Myanmar, through to reality TV in remote pacific islands and brings this spirit of adaptability into his NHS work. He loves taking his toddler on 'dad'ventures in the woods and believes that serious learning should also be fun.
Nick Jones - MBBS MRCGP MSc MClinEd FHEA
Nick’s clinical roles are as a salaried GP in central Oxford and a GP Cardiologist at Oxford University Hospitals. He is also a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Research Fellow, studying for a DPhil at the University of Oxford with a particular interest in cardiovascular disease in primary care. Nick has been enthusiastic about teaching since his undergraduate days at Newcastle University, where he completed an intercalated Masters degree in Clinical Education. He also works as an author for the Royal College of General Practitioners Essential Knowledge Update team. Outside of work, Nick loves sport (football, rugby, cricket…) anything that gets him outdoors (cycling, running, climbing, camping…) and sleeping.
Andrew Ward - MBChB, MSc, MRCGP, DRCOG, SFHEA
Andy works as a GP at Inclusion Healthcare in Leicester, providing primary care for asylum seekers and homeless patients. He has a long history in medical education and is an Associate Professor in Medical Education at Leicester Medical School where he leads a large module in the early years of the curriculum covering communication skills, examination skills, diagnostic reasoning, patient safety, diversity and patient-centred care. He is Education Lead for the Stoneygate Centre for Excellence in Empathic Healthcare with the aim of developing and delivering empathy-focused training for undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare students and professionals. When not at work, he is likely to be riding his unsuitable bike over unsuitable terrain or walking his unsuitable dogs.
Rachel Brettell - MA BMBCh MRCP (2013) MRCGP (2019) PGDip Health Res
Rachel is a salaried GP working in Oxfordshire. She qualified from Oxford University in 2010 and completed Foundation training in West London. After that she was back in Oxford again to complete GP training and an Academic Clinical Fellowship focusing out of hours primary care and medical students attitudes to primary care. Now she spends her clinical time trying to persuade those medical students General Practice is still the best career out there. When she isn’t working she is usually keeping busy trying to stop her two small people from falling out of trees, accumulating craft projects and learning to speak Norwegian badly but enthusiastically.
Philippa Davies - MBChB MRCGP DRCOG PgDipDerm (DIST)
Philippa is a GP with a particular interest in dermatology. She qualified from Birmingham University in 2011 and completed her Foundation Year and GP training in the West Midlands. She has pursued her passion for dermatology by completing the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology and now assists as a course tutor. She has continued to share her enthusiasm for dermatology by publishing an article for the Primary Care Dermatology Society and teaching on this subject. When she is not working, she enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her family, friends and walking her dog … or her dog walking her!
James Seddon - MBChB MRCGP (2017) MRCEM FHEA
James is a Somerset GP and NB Medical's urgent care lead. He qualified from Warwick in 2011 and then did GP training in Bristol, completing an academic clinical fellowship in medical education and leading on re-designing the 5th year GP curriculum for the University. Having always had an interest in urgent care, he now splits his time between two main roles. He works in both a GP and specialty doctor capacity in an emergency department. He also works for the Somerset Ambulance Doctor Service, attending patients that may be suitable for community treatment but triaged to a blue light response, as well as working in the ambulance control room. In his 'spare' time he volunteers as a BASICS doctor attending as an enhanced care resource, supporting the ambulance service at serious or complex incidents. James has a young family and enjoys getting out and about in the beautiful Somerset countryside with them.
Su Down - Diabetes Nurse Specialist
Su is a Nurse Consultant in Diabetes in Somerset. Nationally, she is co-Vice Chair of the PCDS and sits on the board of the Forum for Injection Technique. Su’s particular interests are in end-of-life care, insulin safety, injection technique, hypoglycaemia and pregnancy care.
Kerry Gardner - Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Kerry has been a nurse for 18 years. Spanning both primary and secondary care, she has finally settled as a chief nurse in a super-practice in the midlands. With a passion for teaching and empowering the nurse and AHP team, working for NB Medical is an exciting opportunity.