MEET THE TEAM
I'm Runa Saha and I’ve been a GP in Lincolnshire for 13 years. I’ve been involved in Medical Education for most of this time, and since 2012 I have been teaching Nottingham medical students who have been placed in Lincolnshire, as well as recruiting, supporting and quality assuring their host practices.
Since becoming a GP in 2005 I have developed an exciting and rewarding portfolio career working clinically and in teaching, organisational and managerial roles in Medical Education for undergraduate medical students at Lincoln and Nottingham Medical Schools and postgraduate GP trainees across the East Midlands.
As medical director of LTH since 2015 it has been exciting to see our organisation grow, supporting people working across Primary Care in Lincolnshire. Some of our projects were developed in Lincolnshire and have now been replicated across the country. Having been born and brought up in the county, it’s great to se Lincolnshire on the map of Primary Care Education.
The LTH team are knowledgeable, passionate, innovative and proud, and there’s a great buzz working alongside them all.
In my spare time I play violin and piano, and I am mum to two teenage orchestral musicians - which involves being ‘Mums Taxi’ up and down the country.
Hello I'm Susan McElnea, Business Manager at Lincolnshire Training Hub.
I have lived in Lincolnshire since 2007 and enjoy all the county has to offer. My background is in the Business World, having graduated from Leeds University with a BA (Hons) in Business Studies. I have a wealth of experience working with various sized businesses, operationally and at board level in the Uk and Internationally.
I started working with LTH in 2018 and have developed our business model and structure. I am keen to facilitate sustainability and growth of LTH for the benefit of Primary Care. As well as project management and supporting the endeavours of our clinical team, I ensure that LTH fully integrates with all stakeholders across the system, ensuring that the Primary Care agenda is on the table and addressed in full.
Director of Nursing
Lead Nurse – Lincolnshire West
I’m Lisa Freeman, the Director of Nursing and I work as an advanced nurse practitioner. I graduated from the University of Lincoln with MSc in advanced clinical practice July 2019. I have been with the training hub since it began in 2015.
I started working in general Practice in 2007 following a varied career within secondary care. In 2007 it was difficult to get a foot in the door as a practice nurse, I made the decision to follow my passion and take a very part-time job covering long term sickness. All adverts and practices were asking for practice nurse experience as at this time there were no specific prerequisites of what a practice nurse should have.
I have studied many modules in chronic disease, with my main interest being respiratory disease. I progressed into doing minor illness when I completed non-medical prescribing in 2010 before starting my masters in February 2017. I have had a varied career, including working in and around Australia for 2 years. Outside of work my interests are travel, my dogs and gardening.
Lead Nurse – Lincolnshire East
I am a General Practice Nurse working with the Lincolnshire Training Hub and Horncastle Medical Group.
I graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MNursSci in July 2017. Upon graduating I wanted to enter general practice but found it difficult to get my foot in the door.
I started as a General Practice Nurse Fellow – a role created by Health Education England to bring nurses without experience into general practice.
Since starting work in general practice, I have completed a PGCert in Practice Nursing at De Montfort University and continued to complete long-term condition courses. Currently I am working towards the Education for Health respiratory modules.
Within my role with the Training Hub, I enjoy assisting others to enter general practice in the hopes they have an easier route in than myself!
Lead Nurse – Lincolnshire South
After two successful careers in the Royal Air Force and Information Technology, I decided to opt for a complete career change and become a Nurse. I graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) from the University of Lincoln in August 2018 and I have worked as a Practice Nurse Ever since!
I joined the Galletly Practice in Bourne, South Lincolnshire in February 2018 working as a Treatment Room and Chronic Disease Nurse. I recently completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Nursing at De Montfort University and began working with the Lincolnshire Training Hub in May, as practice nurse lead for South/Southwest Lincolnshire. I really enjoy this additional role because I am able to play an active part in delivering primary care strategies and supporting new and existing healthcare practitioners in Lincolnshire to ensure that they are able to develop their skills and achieve their career goals.
I am also living proof that you can embark on a career in primary care immediately after qualifying. To all those budding practice nurses out there, make the move!!!
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my young family, wearing myself out at the gym and reading thriller novels
I am Sarah Parkin and I deal with the financial side of things for the Training Hub.
My background is as a Practice Manager, having worked in Lincoln since 2009, firstly for The Witham Practice, before moving across to Abbey Medical Practice. I started in the NHS in 1996 at the surgery in my local village, many changes to the NHS since then.
I have been involved with the Training Hub for quite some time now, as are a number of my colleagues here at Abbey. I can see first-hand the benefits that the Training Hub has given to General Practice.
Outside of work – I enjoy spending time with my daughters and new granddaughter, also music, wining & dining, travelling and being in the sun.
I’m Ruth and I joined the Training Hub in August 2020 in the role of Project Manager. My background is in medical translation, with elements of account management, administration, quality assurance and trainee mentorship. Earlier in my career, I undertook a varied range of temporary NHS roles within the fields of administration and patient services.
I am looking forward to supporting the Directors in developing and implementing the LTH objectives.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my young family, paddle boarding, yoga and walking.
GP Fellow: Leadership & Education
Having grown up in Lincolnshire I completed my degree in London and then returned to train and work locally. I'm currently working as a part time GP in Louth.
Outside of my GP role I enjoy taking up various roles to broaden my experiences, including GMC PLAB examiner, OSCE examiner, working in the community pain team and becoming a GP trainer. My interest in primary care management and teaching led me to undertake a fellowship with the Lincolnshire Training Hub where I hope to enhance my skills and use them to contribute to local training and healthcare.
Outside of my professional role, I like to keep busy learning foreign languages and I also enjoy keeping fit - so you may find me lifting weights at the gym or preparing for my next long distance run!
Senior Nurse Fellow
Hi I’m Euan Caldwell, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner working at a GP surgery in Coningsby and with the Lincolnshire Training Hub as a Senior Nurse Fellow.
I qualified as a RGN in 2008 undertaking my training with Nottingham University, before going on to complete my Independent prescribing with De Montfort University and in recent years graduating from Lincoln University with a MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.
I started working in the hospital to develop my clinical skills working in both the intensive care unit, Accident and Emergency and then working as a vascular practitioner.
The last six years have been spent working in primary care which I have enjoyed working as an autonomous practitioner.
Outside of work I enjoy keeping fit, this could involve undertaking some long runs, preferably on a trail.
I'm Sarah Bluff, working in General Practice in Lincoln and with the Lincolnshire Training Hub as Nurse Fellow.
I qualified as an RGN in 2015 from the University of Lincoln.
I recently completed my PG cert in General Practice and joined the training hub in September 2020.
I found General Practice a difficult career to enter, as most practices required a nurse with experience, fortunately the Lincolnshire Training Hub is making this career option more accessible for all nurses, which is a fantastic development for General Practice.
My mission is to make every new practice nurse within Lincolnshire feel supported and welcomed in to the great career path they have chosen, by offering training, a preceptorship programme and a wealth of knowledge from all the hub team.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and many pets.
I’m Lucy, I’m a Nurse at a General Practice surgery in Lincoln and am working with the Lincolnshire Training Hub as a Nurse Fellow.
After qualifying as an adult nurse in 2014, I worked in hospitals as a staff nurse, but I was keen to transition to primary care and help patients to manage their own condition and prevent unwanted hospital admissions.
I found it hard to make the transition into practice nursing as any vacancies required an experienced practice nurse. I was extremely fortunate in 2019 to obtain a temporary position as a trainee General Practice Nurse where I was able to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing whilst working in practice. Thanks to this opportunity I was able to gain new qualifications and gain permanent employment in General Practice.
I began working with the training hub in September 2020 and am hoping to enable more students to experience work in general practice and to raise the profile of general practice nursing as a first-choice career.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family and exploring the countryside with them.
Trainee Nursing Associate Ambassador
My name is Samantha Simpson. My role within Lincolnshire training Hub is Student ambassador for Trainee Nursing Associates within General Practice.
I have worked in general practice for the last 12 years starting as a receptionist and working my way up to health care assistant. In September 2019 I started my training to become a Registered Nursing Associate through Derby University, along with two others from general practice who have now left the course. I am really enjoying the challenges that this course is giving me. Developing new skills, expanding on existing skills and increasing my knowledge. When I qualify, I will be the first Registered Nursing Associate from General practice in Lincolnshire.
The training hub recognised that other people applying to do their Nursing Associate training from general practice, needed some support, this is where the Student ambassador role came from. Through my training as a Nursing Associate, I have developed skills and experience to help health care assistance from general practice through their journey to becoming Registered Nursing Associates, offering advice, support and guidance.
Outside of work I am a mum to two beautiful girls who keep me on my toes, I enjoy going on holidays. Me and my husband are currently renovating our house, I am becoming quiet the expert at DIY.
Student Ambassador 2019 and 2020
I completed A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics (as well as a Psychiatry based EPQ) at William Farr in 2018, and then was accepted onto the Medicine course at Newcastle University. I am now a Third Year Medical student and I am excited to start clinical placement in the next academic year.
During the summer of 2019, I was approached by LTH to work alongside them for the summer to help complete admin work, and help with the new Aspiring Medics course. After enjoying my time, I was excited to be offered a permanent role as a Student Ambassador and work alongside LTH, while expanding my knowledge on the world of General Practice.
Student Ambassador 2020
Hi, I'm Jacob and I'm going into my 4th year of medicine at the University of Nottingham. I chose Nottingham due to the brilliant reputation it has as a medical school, the integrated course and the amazing campus.
I love the fact that medicine is a very academic yet vocational course, and at the moment am particularly interested in radiology and healthcare of later life (though my favourite specialities change regularly and will probably be different before the end of the month!).
I have worked alongside the Future Doctor programme this summer, and I look forward to working further with LTH on future projects.
Student Ambassador 2020
In 2019 I joined the first cohort at the new Lincoln Medical School after leaving Steyning Grammar Sixth Form with qualifications in Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Core Mathematics.
Alongside my studies I am on the University Air Squadron, the GB start Rowing team and am the new Social Secretary for Medsoc.
Having worked alongside the Future Doctor programme this summer, I look forward to working further with LTH on future projects!
Student Ambassador 2020
Hello, I’m Grace! In 2020 I completed A-Levels in Chemistry, Biology and French at William Farr Comprehensive School, as well as an EPQ studying mobile health technology and it’s role in primary care. I am about to start my first year at Leicester Medical School.
I was graded in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and am really excited to join the Lincolnshire Training Hub team to share my experiences and to support aspiring medics, especially those who’s A Level journey has been non-conventional like mine!
Student Ambassador 2019
After leaving William Farr in 2018, I set out to the University of Lincoln to do a Life-sciences foundation year in preparation for the course of the biomedical science.
During the summer (2019), I was approached by LTH and asked to do some part-time admin work. After enjoying the time I had working alongside Molly and the team, I helped with various admin based jobs and collate data from their various events at BGU and elsewhere.
Hi, My name is Yuen Toh and I am a Lead Senior Pharmacist in Apex PCN in Lincoln.
Having extensive experience in coaching people, I set out to build a pharmacy team consisting of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to compliment a multidisciplinary approach to patient care in a modern GP practice. My previous experience in community pharmacy and private sector prescribing allows me to better understand and answer the needs of the patient.
A proud Nottingham University graduate I expanded my educational adventure by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in cardiovascular health. As a prescriber, my clinics provide plenty of opportunities to be directly involved in care where shared decision making and patient centred approach may yield better, more coherent, effective and measurable health outcomes.
Professionally I am passionate about mentoring and supporting colleagues in a wider team with special interest in bridging the gaps during transitions between community pharmacy, General Practice and Secondary Care. Vision of pharmacy professionals united regardless of sector of work allows me to look forward to our future where personal leadership takes a vital role in integration with wholesome National Health Service. Together we can do more!
If you catch me not doing any of the above, I will be either painting, playing piano or doing yoga at the break of dawn.