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Polka (1)South Hambleton and Ryedale Primary Care Network (PCN) has joined up with neighbouring surgeries who will be working together to improve health and care services and providing more of them closer to home.

The PCN is made up of seven surgeries including:

SHaR PCN looks after a population of 34,967 people, it is led by Dr Paula Evans, Clinical Director and she is supported by GP Leads. 

This more joined up approach means that, over time, you may have increased and easier access to allied health professionals including clinical pharmacists, physiotherapists, community mental health workers and paramedics. Our teams also now include care coordinators assisting patients and their families with issues related to frailty, cancer and dementia care. Our first community specialist nurse works with patients with Parkinson's Disease. 

Local priorities:

  • Dementia and frailty
  • Multi-morbidities
  • Cancer
  • Reducing inequalities and improving access

Roles within the PCN:

The South Hambleton and Ryedale PCN is led by Dr Paula Evans, Clinical Director. 

An enduring lively enthusiasm for General Practice has created a broad portfolio from clinical to medical education, commissioning, quality assurance, practice & organisational development roles and I'm based at the Millfield surgery in Easingwold.

Our PCN practices have well established working relationships and I'm relishing the opportunity PCNs give us to expand that out further into our wonderful rural communities, getting to know & understand their needs better, then co-designing more accessible services that improve health & wellbeing. 

Lead for Urgent Care and Improving Access, Dr Sarah Utting.

Moving from a large GP partnership in Brixton to Tollerton in 2007, I saw the challenges faced by small practices in managing the complex needs of rural communities, but also the great benefits from improved continuity of care.

Working with the CAVA federation and as Clinical Director of the Improved Access Project has contributed to the development of a truly integrated and cohesive inter-practice team that defines the SHaR PCN. I am excited by the prospect of making further substantial and sustained improvements to our community’s health as we move forward together.

Lead for Quality Improvement, Dr Helena Ebbs.

A GP partner at Pickering Medical Practice since 2012 and Vale of York CCG Governing Body Representative for rural North Yorkshire residents since 2018.

My interests lie with reducing health inequalities, improving population health across the PCN and implementing change with robust quality improvement methodology. Reflecting the population I serve this predominantly focusses on frailty, cancer, dementia, rurality and the social determinants of health.

Lead Practice Manager, Heather White.

Originally working outside the NHS, I have been a practice manager for 15 years and currently manage the Helmsley and Terrington Surgeries. 

As the two surgeries were part of  the CAVA federation before joining the PCN, I have a number of years’ experience of working in a lead role within a network of practices. As a HR professional, I provide specialist advice to the PCN as well as operational support.

Gill Barrett, Care Coordinator.

Laura Parsons, Dementia Care Coordinator.

Gillian Clarke, Parkinsons Nurse.

Rebecca Hampson, Community Geriatrician.

Andrew Stott, First Contact Physio.

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