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Our staff

Here we introduce you to a variety of different staff providing health care for you.

Please check this page regularly for GP, nurse, admin and reception vacancies
Ivy Grove Surgery, Ripley in Amber Valley, the Heart of Derbyshire in the East Midlands



Dr M Wong (male), Manchester 1991
Dr Wong joined the practice in 1995. He offers a full range of general practice care. He is the senior and executive partner, has an interest in IT and practice finances, authors the practice website and patient newsletter, is the lead doctor in influenza, the CQC registered manager, the practice representative in the local network of practices and an elected committee member of Derby & Derbyshire Local Medical Committee.

Dr L Axten (male), Leicester 2007
MB ChB, BA (Hons), MRCGP, BMedSci
Dr Axten joined the practice in 2012 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2013. He offers a full range of general practice care and has an interest in ENT. He is the lead doctor in safeguarding children, clinical governance, audit and qua lity improvement.

Partners (contd.)

Dr S Francis (male), Leeds 2009
Dr Francis joined the practice in 2014 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2016. He offers a full range of general practice care. He is the lead doctor for diabetes and prescribing.

Dr R Greer (female), London 2009
Dr Greer joined the practice in 2014 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2016. She offers a full range of general practice care. She is the lead doctor in women's health, staff wellbeing, cancer and palliative and end of life care.

Partners (contd.)

Dr V Neely (female), Plymouth 2011
MB BS, BEng (Hons), MRCGP
Dr Neely joined the practice in 2019 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in April 2021. She offers a full range of general practice care. She is the lead doctor in medical student, GP training, care homes and safeguarding adults.

Retained doctor

Dr J Marval (female), Nottingham 1994
Dr Marval joined the practice in September 2020. She has an interest in women's health.

General Practitioner (GP) page » What a GP does poster
nursing staff

Practice nurses

Our Practice Nurses, Tracey, Lindsey and our Health Care Assistant Carissa, are available by appointment for consultation on all nursing matters. They diagnose and plan care, including prescribing a range of medicines. They are experts in many areas of chronic disease management such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and diabetes.

What our nurses do poster Practice nurse page »  

Admin team


We have a team of 12 receptionists who are all here to help you. They answer the telephone and deal with enquiries from all directions, often at the same time! Their job is very demanding so please be patient and polite.


We have a team of five administration staff who deal with all the clinical paperwork, reports and referral requests by the clinical teams.


Mr Ian Bonser (Practice Business Manager) and our Operational Managers, Mrs Janette Cavanagh and Samantha Mair, help to keep the practice running smoothly.


Staff training dates

In common with many other organisations and services, we hold regular training days for our staff. These are for the benefit of our staff and to improve patient care. We hold these generally once a month on a Wednesday afternoon and we will be closed to normal business.

To those lease note that on these dates, ALL nine local practices that are part of the practice network are closed for the afternoon.

Closure will also be notified on the home page on the day. If you need medical help when we are closed, please see our out of hours page.

  • January 18th, 2023 CANCELLED
  • February 15th, 2023
  • March 15th, 2023
  • April 19th, 2023
  • May 17th, 2023
  • June 21st, 2023
  • July 19th, 2023
  • August 16th, 2023
  • September 20th, 2023
  • October 18th, 2023
  • November 15th, 2023
  • December 20th, 2023

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Job Summary

Ivy Grove Surgery is looking to appoint a forward–thinking, enthusiastic, motivated ACP (full or part time) to join our friendly, established, patient centred team. We offer full support for professional development and clinical interests and can be flexible on the sessions to ensure maintenance of a good work/life balance.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced nurse who, acting within their professional boundaries, will provide care for the presenting patient from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. They will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care, including applying assessment and diagnostic skills, for patients within the general practice. The post holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process. They will work collaboratively with the wider general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing leadership as required. In order to work at this level NMC requirements for advanced practice must be met.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Be proficient at working autonomously and be accountable for own actions, recognising and working within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by NMC
  • Assess diagnose and treat patients attending primary health care services with a range of acute, non-acute and chronic medical conditions
  • Proactively identify, diagnose and manage treatment plans for patients at risk of developing or have already developed long-term/complex condition/s (as appropriate)
  • Undertake and interpret a range of diagnostic tests and routine clinical procedures e.g. cytology, venepuncture, blood pressure monitoring etc
  • Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and non-drug-based treatment methods into a management plan
  • Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with evidence-based practice and national and local formularies
  • Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects and interactions and work with patients and their carers in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments
  • Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care
  • Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and apply principles of self-care
  • Clinically examine and assess patient needs from a physiological and psychological perspective, and plan clinical care accordingly

Essential Criteria

  • Independent Nurse Prescriber
  • Appropriate qualifications in autonomous practice
  • Ability to manage patient risk effectively and safely Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills Reflective practice
  • Time management & ability to prioritise
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Able to analyse data and information, drawing out implications for the patient/implications for the care plan
  • Undertake home visits as required

Administrative and Professional Responsibilities

  • Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team
  • Ensure accurate notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded in the patients’ notes on the clinical computer system as appropriate
  • Ensure accurate completion of all necessary documentation associated with patient health care and registration with the practice
  • Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports
  • Attend and participate in practice meetings as required
  • Assist in the formulation of practice policies and develop appropriate protocols

Student / Staff Education and Training

  • Participate in the education and training of students of all disciplines and the induction of new nursing staff


  • Maintain effective liaison with other agencies and staff concerned with patient care and with all other disciplines within the practice, with appropriate regard to confidentiality

Professional Development

  • Maintain continued education by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary by the practice manager for professional development


  • In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately
  • In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential
  • In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential
  • Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data

Health & Safety

The post-holder will assist in promoting and maintaining their own and others’ health, safety and security as defined in the practice Health & Safety Policy, to include:

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines
  • Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks
  • Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills
  • Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy and safe way and free from hazards
  • Reporting potential risks identified

Equality and Diversity

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognizes the importance of people’s rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with practice procedures and policies, and current legislation
  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues
  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights

Personal/Professional Development

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the practice as part of this employment, such training to include:

  • Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development
  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work


The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the practice, and will:

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk
  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision
  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the team’s performance
  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients needs
  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources


The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:

  • Communicate effectively with other team members
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers
  • Recognize people’s needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly

Contribution to the Implementation of Services

The post-holder will:

  • Apply practice policies, standards and guidance
  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work
  • Participate in audit where appropriate


Job title: Advanced clinical practitioner

Responsible to: Practice business manager

Accountable to: Partners (clinically), Practice Business Manager (administratively)

Get in touch

Contact: Ian Bonser, Practice Business Manager, Ivy Grove Surgery, Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH


Telephone: 01773 514140



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The usual offer
  • Innovative practice
  • High QOF performance
  • Good support network
  • Regular learning schedule
  • Friendly approachable team
  • Standard BMA contract
What we can offer
  • £10,500 - £11,000 per session based on experience and duties
  • 15 appointments per session (face to face and telephone mix)
  • Pro-rata leave entitlement of 6 weeks annual leave and additional 1 week study leave
  • Working hours flexibility
  • Low or zero on-call commitment with controlled duty list
  • Option to partake in extended hours
  • Low visiting rate due to PCN home visiting team based in our premises (average zero to 1 daily)
  • Dealing with own generated admin (e.g., referrals, results) and defined admin workload
  • Involvement in training (with protected time) - we are an associate training practice
  • We are open to the retainer GP service for increased flexibility
  • Full-time or part-time available
  • Immediate start

Let’s be honest it’s no secret that times are tough in general practice what with the workforce crisis and the contract impositions, sometimes it can feel like you are being attacked from all angles with everyone wanting a piece of you. Workload is definitely up!

At Ivy Grove Surgery (IGS) we recognise this pressure. Unlike the NHS, NHSE or the government, our ethos is to protect our staff, which is the greatest asset in any organisation. We aim to support each other through regular peer meetings, from our meet-ups for lunch to chat and discuss cases, to our induction and mentoring for new GPs.

Support for the more challenging aspects of our work takes the form of bereavement meetings, complaint de-brief & support meetings plus the advice and support of the team.

Innovation is key to our ethos, we should not be duplicating or completing work that would be more suitable for another member of our practice team. Our resident IT wizard, the notable Dr Wong, has streamlined our processes with integrated templates, easy QOF reminders and merged referrals forms to name but a few. All of this cuts down the amount of admin our GP’s have to do! Please visit our bespoke website, this should give you a feel of what our practice is all about.

Like any other employer we expect our employees and partners to work hard but we pride ourselves on our fair and compassionate approach. Our management team are supportive and caring, they are there when you need them the most. They can guide you through practice processes when first starting, give advice on complaint handling, help you network in our locality or help you apply to the CQC for registration when you make partner!

If you choose to take part, on-call days can get busy but you are not on your own, our duty doctor is supported during the busy period by a second GP, who also completes the morning visits if not passed over to the PCN home visiting service. As a salaried doctor, your workload will be controlled with no extras added to your list.

The enhanced access hub operates from the building. This give the opportunity for any Amber Valley based GP to work in the hub.

The nuts and bolts of IGS are its staff and partners but the advertising blurb is as follows-

Established practice, 10,700 patients, 5 partners, 3 practice nurses, 1 HCA plus managerial, administrative and reception staff.

IGS is situated in the heart of the UK in the small market town of Ripley, a stones-throw from the Peak District National Park.

Prestigious areas of Duffield and Belper are within a 10-minute drive of IGS. Good transport links to the A38, M1 and East Midlands airport and parkway, giving rail access to London in 1.5 hours.

The cities of Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Manchester are all within approximately an hour to an hour and a half drive.

We are looking for part-time or full-time GPs, either salaried or with a view to partnership. We would also be interested in meeting applicants who have had previous partnership experience and are looking to relocate.

We welcome each applicant on their merits but advantageous skills would be in the following areas: Palliative care, safeguarding, GP specialty trainer, foundation year or medical student trainer.

If you are interested, please get in touch, quoting WEB.

We are very happy to accommodate informal visits to the surgery, just speak to Ian, our practice business manager. We look forward to meeting you!

Contact: Ian Bonser, Practice Business Manager, Ivy Grove Surgery, Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH


Telephone: 01773 514140



Attached staff

attached staff

District Nursing Team

We have a large team of district nurses who provide nursing care to patients in their homes.

The district nurse team are based at Ripley Hospital and provide nursing care to patients during periods of illness/incapacity in non-hospital settings, such as the patients own home, residential care homes or health centres. MORE INFO ➕

Patients include those who are housebound, the elderly, the terminally ill, the disabled and those who have recently been discharged from hospital.

A fundamental part of district nursing is promoting healthy lifestyles and health education/teaching.

The team's work activities include:

  • Accepting referrals from GPs, hospitals, other agencies, patients and their relatives
  • Assessing, planning, implementing and managing the care of patients
  • Offering emotional support to patients, their families and carers, and teaching basic care-giving skills
  • Establishing links with patients' families, carers and other health professionals
  • Identifying social care problems and liaising with appropriate organisations where necessary
  • Checking temperature, blood pressure and pulse readings, administering injections, wound care, leg ulcer care, taking blood and urine samples, continence care, palliative and terminal care
  • Assessing for and ordering equipment as required
  • Liaising with GPs
District nurse page »
attached staff

Health Visitor Team

The Health Visitor Team are based at Ripley Hospital. They advise on all aspects of childcare and operate the drop in child health clinic. They also organise classes and groups for different patients in conjunction with other practice members such as parent craft classes. MORE INFO ➕

Health Visitors are registered nurses with specialist training in family health. The work and activity undertaken by the Health Visiting Service can be broadly broken down into the following areas:

The health of your baby or young child

Every family with pre-school children has a named health visitor who can advise on everyday care, feeding, growth and development and minor ailments, parenting classes, managing behaviour and any special needs your child may have. Routine reviews of your child's progress are held at intervals throughout the first 4 years. The Health Visitors also organise the childhood immunisation programme.

Living a healthy life

Health visitors can help you to make sense of the conflicting media messages about health lifestyles by providing practical advice on how to stay healthy. They run health promotion groups and also represent your views about health needs in the community, influence policies and participate in health service developments.

Supporting families

Health visitors are not just there to support your baby, but the whole family. Health Visitors can:

  • Support women with post natal depression
  • Advise on employment and benefit rights
  • Give information on local support networks
  • Advise on options for child care
  • Provide support for single parents
  • Address conflicts within the family, including domestic violence
Health visitor page »

Other staff

Community Matron and Care Co-ordinator

We have Community Matrons allocated to our practice, and with Micheala, our Care Co-ordinator, they all manage and co-ordinate care for patients with long term conditions in their homes.

Community matron page » Care co-ordinator page »


We have Community Midwives attached to the practice. The midwives operate the antenatal clinics and visit both antenatal and postnatal patients in their homes.

Midwife page »

Even more staff!

General Practice is changing. There are new roles in place to help you get the help that you need. Please visit our GP team page for a walkthrough of who else provides care for you.

GP team page »