Trainees and Other Clinicians

  • Dr David Hughes (m)
      Dr David Hughes (m)

      Partner : MB BS (London 1982)

      Qualified UCH London 1982 where I met and married my wife, Hilary. Having grown up in Sussex, after six years in London I migrated north to Yorkshire where I did my GP training at Northallerton. I moved to this practice in 1987 with two children and subsequently have had two more. I enjoy living in the community where I work and am proud to be a generalist. In addition to being a full time partner with the practice I do one session a week for the “Out of Hours” service and one day a week working with the Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (the “CCG”).  Away from work we walk, sail and occasionally ski when not running the house and garden.

    • Dr Cameron Irving (m)
        Dr Cameron Irving (m)

        Partner : MBChB (Leeds 1990)

        After 3 years as part of the Huddersfield vocational training scheme then a brief spell as locum GP in Halifax I joined the practice in 1995. Married with 5 children, I am a full time partner in the Practice. Outside work I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family.

      • Dr Alison Dewhurst (f)
          Dr Alison Dewhurst (f)

          Partner : MBChB (Liverpool 1993)

          I spent time as a locum in West Yorkshire and a year in Morley before joining the practice part time in 2000, though have had time out for a baby and a year in Melbourne! I enjoy all aspects of general practice. Having worked as a salaried GP at Elmwood for some years, I became a partner in 2010. Whenever I get the chance I enjoy spending time in the great outdoors with my family.

        • Dr Ajay Sharma (m)
            Dr Ajay Sharma (m)

            Partner : MBBS(1998), MRCS(Ed), MRCGP, DFSRH

            Originally from India, I did my medical training in New Delhi. I trained as a GP in Huddersfield and have been working in the region since 2009. I joined the practice in 2010 after deciding to settle in Holmfirth. My special interests are Musculoskeletal medicine, joint injections, minor surgery. I offer fitting and removal of contraceptive implants at the practice. I am also involved in the training of students.

          • Dr James D Morton (m)
              Dr James D Morton (m)

              Partner : MB BChir (Cambridge 2004), MRCGP

              I completed my hospital posts and GP training in Yorkshire, including time as a trainee here at Elmwood. Having grown up in the Holme Valley I am proud to be part of such a wonderful team that is committed to the delivery of high quality patient care. I love being a GP as it is such a varied and continuously changing role. I have a keen interest in sports injuries, mental health and chronic pain management. This year I am undertaking a PCGE through Leeds University to become a GP trainer. My wife Rebecca is a local primary school teacher and we live in the valley with our two children.

            • Dr Gemma Simcox (f)
                Dr Gemma Simcox (f)

                Partner : MBChB (Leeds) MRCGP DPD DFFP

                I’m a Leeds graduate who has trained and worked exclusively in West Yorkshire.  Although not Yorkshire born and bred, I have very much come to see Huddersfield and the county as my home.  I joined Elmwood in 2015 and am very much enjoying being a Holmfirth GP and getting to know my new patients.

                I have special interests in diabetes, dermatology, child and women’s health.  I’m also a GP Appraiser which allows me to meet and speak to colleagues all over Kirklees.

              • Dr Gareth Price (m)
                  Dr Gareth Price (m) Partner

                  MBChB Sheffield 2008, MRCGP 2014
                  I graduated from Sheffield University in 2008 and completed my GP training in 2014. Having moved to Yorkshire I joined Elmwood and became a Partner in October 2018. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice and I am currently studying through Sheffield University to become a GP trainer as I enjoy medical education.

                • Dr Kelly Reddington (f)
                    Dr Kelly Reddington (f) Partner

                    I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 and completed my GP training in Derby. I then moved back to the Holme Valley where I had grown up and joined the practice in 2015.  I work in all aspects of General Practice but have an interest in Sports and Exercise Medicine and Women’s Health.  I am also the practice Safeguarding Lead.  I became a Partner in October 2018.

                  • Dr Victoria Dorsett (f)
                      Dr Victoria Dorsett (f)

                      Assistant : MBChB (Liverpool, 1995)

                      Married with two children. After qualifying I spent 1 year working and travelling in
                      Australia and New Zealand respectively. I enjoy all aspects of General Practice but have a special interest in dermatology, obtaining the Diploma in Practical Dermatology in 2003.

                    • Dr Carol Frankland (f)
                        Dr Carol Frankland (f) Assistant
                        MBChB (Leeds 2000) MRCGP (2005) DPD
                        I graduated in Leeds in 2000 and completed GP training in Halifax and Huddersfield in 2005, I have worked as a GP in the Huddersfield area ever since. I was very pleased to join Elmwood in 2017. I enjoy all aspects of general practice but have a special interest in Dermatology and skin surgery. I have an additional role as a Speciality Doctor in Dermatology at Barnsley Hospital. Outside of work I am married and we have 2 boys and a cocker spaniel. We live in the Holme Valley and when I have time I enjoy playing tennis and running.
                      • Dr Karen Rhodes (F)
                          Dr Karen Rhodes (F) Assistant

                          BMedSci BM BS MRCGP DFSRH DipPallCare PGCert (Med Ed)

                          I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2004 and after a year working in Australia came to Yorkshire, initially training in hospital medicine and then completing GP training in 2012. I am interested in education and are working towards becoming a GP trainer and also have interests in women’s health and palliative care. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work in the beautiful Holme Valley and with a dynamic primary care team.


                        Our practice nurses are friendly and experienced, and work as part of the team with the doctors and other staff. All are trained to advise about leading a healthy lifestyle, certain health problems, foreign travel, and also to perform cervical smears and other medical procedures. Health checks are routinely offered by our nurses to any patients joining the practice.

                        Certain nurses have extended training in specialist areas such as asthma, heart disease, diabetes and family planning. These nurses are able to offer routine care and advice for patients in these areas under the supervision of the doctors. As well as advice about health for travel abroad they offer a complete range of vaccinations including Yellow Fever.

                        Our healthcare assistants are fully trained to take bloods, and carry out other health checks to support the Practice Nurses and GPs.

                        You can make an appointment to see a member of the nursing team by contacting the surgery. You will be asked what type of appointment you require to enable the appropriate amount of time to be booked.

                        • Diane Eales
                            Diane Eales

                            Lead Practice Nurse : RGN (Huddersfield 1985)

                            I’ve worked in a vast variety of healthcare settings, including A+E and four different local GP surgeries. I joined the Elmwood Team in September 2014, and together we strive to provide the best possible care for our patients. Outside work my main focus is spending quality time with close family members, as well as badminton, walking, eating out. Nothing I like better than meeting new interesting people and discovering new places on days out, weekends away and holidays.

                          • Julie Dunn
                              Julie Dunn

                              Practice Nurse

                              RGN Huddersfield 1990, RSCN Leeds 1994

                              After qualifying as an adult and children’s nurse in 1990, I’ve worked in paediatrics, school nursing and for the past 7 years as a practice nurse – having recently joined Elmwood in March 2016.

                              Married with 2 grown up children; I enjoy dog walking in my spare time, along with weekend escapes to Scotland, a spot of gardening and a really good book.

                            • Samantha Knight
                                Samantha Knight Practice Nurse

                                I qualified as a nurse in 2008 from the University of Huddersfield. After a brief stint at Leeds General Infirmary, I joined the District Nursing Service mostly working in the Holme Valley area. I also worked for the NHS 111 service and Kirkwood Hospice alongside my District Nursing role. I moved into Practice Nursing in 2017 and joined the Elmwood team in 2019.

                                Outside work I am kept busy by my children and have many hobbies including walking, crochet and Karate.

                              • Ruth Johnson
                                  Ruth Johnson Practice Nurse

                                  After qualifying as a Nurse from the University of Northumbria in 2009 I spent 2 years working in A&E in the North East of England, before my husband and I returned to Yorkshire to settle back in the village that I grew up in. I have spent a further 8 years working in A&E before moving into Practice Nursing and joining the Elmwood team in July 2019.

                                  Outside work I have a young family who keep me extremely busy. We love spending time together outdoors, particularly visiting the East Yorkshire coast. In any rare moments of ‘spare’ time I also enjoy a variety of crafts.

                                • Katrina Riley
                                    Katrina Riley Health Care Assistant

                                    I joined Elmwood in 2005 as a receptionist and in 2009 had the opportunity to become a HCA. I live in Holmfirth and have a keen interest in local and social history – I am a member of the local history group. When I am not immersed in my (or someone else’s) family tree I have a dog and a large garden that keep me out of trouble!

                                  • Aleksandra Walker
                                      Aleksandra Walker Health Care Assistant

                                      I joined Elmwood team in September 2013 after having just settled in Holmfirth. Originally from Poland, I have lived in England since 2009 working as a community support worker with adults with learning disabilities in Greater Manchester. A few years ago we decided to move to the Holme Valley and I found a great opportunity to start a career as a HCA in Elmwood. Outside work I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 children.

                                    • Alexa Page
                                        Alexa Page Health Care Assistant

                                        I started my working life as a voiceover for radio and over the years have worked in museums, the charity sector and Social Services. In February 2018 I was lucky enough to be offered the role of Receptionist here at Elmwood Family Doctors, and in December was thrilled to be accepted as the new Trainee HCA. I am excited to be on this adventure and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me. I have a wonderful daughter who now lives in London and in my spare time I create silver jewellery and have a mad dog who seems to love destroying every pair of shoes I own!

                                      • Emily Graham
                                          Emily Graham Health Care Assistant

                                          I have always been interested in a career in healthcare but started off wanting to pursue social work. I completed my undergraduate degree in History and Criminology and then my postgraduate degree in Psychology. I spent 3 years at Honley Doctors Surgery developing my skills in administration until I was offered the opportunity to study an apprenticeship in Health and Social Care which is the role I am currently undertaking at Elmwood as a HCA. I really enjoy working at Elmwood and although I am new to the role, I hope to develop my experiences in this area.

                                        Other Clinicians & Trainees
                                        • Jane Hinsley
                                            Jane Hinsley Senior Clinical Pharmacist

                                            I qualified as a pharmacist from Bradford University in 1999 and have worked in several different areas of pharmacy around the West Yorkshire since including community pharmacy, prisons, psychiatric hospitals as well as extensive work in care homes and domiciliary settings. In my free time I like to travel, listening to music and go out on my bike

                                          • Rafiq Hussain
                                              Rafiq Hussain Advanced Care Practitioner
                                            • Dr Taiba Saghir
                                                Dr Taiba Saghir GP Registrar
                                              • Dr Sarah Waqar
                                                  Dr Sarah Waqar GP Registrar
                                                • Dr Darren Geoffrey
                                                    Dr Darren Geoffrey GP Registrar
                                                  • Dr Sara Hanif
                                                      Dr Sara Hanif GP Registrar
                                                    • Dr Subina Shabir
                                                        Dr Subina Shabir GP Registrar
                                                      Management Team
                                                      • Sarah Shepherd
                                                          Sarah Shepherd Business Manager

                                                          Having lived in Huddersfield all of my life, I moved away in 2002 to complete a degree in Management and Business Economics at the University of Hull. This prepared me well in my journey as a manager, having worked across several areas in the NHS including urgent care, planned care and lastly primary care where I found my true passion in healthcare. I have recently joined Elmwood in October 2018 and feel very lucky to work in such a fantastic practice which puts patients at the heart of everything. I am married with 2 young children which takes up most (if not all!) of my spare time.

                                                        • Sue Johnson
                                                            Sue Johnson HR & Patient Services Manager

                                                            I completed a degree in Business Management at Manchester University before joining a major retailer and specialising in HR Management. I joined Elmwood Family Doctors in May 2018 and love working with such a dedicated team of health professionals; providing quality care to all our patients.  I moved to Yorkshire in 1999 and now live in Holmfirth with my partner and two children. We all enjoy keeping fit by cycling or walking in the wonderful countryside around the village.

                                                          • Wendy Garside
                                                              Wendy Garside Finance Manager

                                                              I joined the team at Elmwood Family Doctors in July 2010 and I really enjoy working here.  My role has grown over the years as it is a large practice and covers two sites (since April 2016). The whole team work well together to provide excellent patient care in a pleasant environment.

                                                              When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter.  I also enjoy reading, drawing, keeping fit and a glass of Prosecco or two with friends!

                                                            • Julie Clayton
                                                                Julie Clayton Site Manager for Meltham Village Surgery

                                                                I joined Meltham Village Surgery in December 2013 as a part-time receptionist.  Within a year I moved into helping Dr P with the day-to-day running of the practice.  I became Meltham Site Manager when Elmwood merged with Meltham 2 1/2 years ago.

                                                                I live in Wakefield with my partner, and am a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan, so that is where I will be every other Saturday.  I have a 21 year old daughter, a bedlington whippet dog called Josephine & also a cat called Henry.  I enjoy running, bird watching and walking the dog.


                                                              Admin & Reception Team