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Meet our staff

We have a variety of different staff providing health care for you and your family. Here we introduce them.

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

Find out about our team



Dr M Wong (male), Manchester 1991
Dr Wong joined the practice in 1995. He offers a full range of general practice care. He has an interest in IT, producing the practice website and patient newsletter, and is the CQC registered manager and the lead doctor in influenza and covid.

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, complaints and anticoagulation.

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.

Partners (contd.)

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 and document management.

Dr P Smith (male), Hull & York 2010
Dr Smith joined the practice in 2015 as a salaried doctor and became a partner in 2017. He offers a full range of general practice care. He is the lead doctor in palliative care, cancer and bereavement.

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 training and care homes.

Salaried doctor

Dr S Irfan (male), Karachi 2003
Dr Irfan joined the practice in May 2021.

Retained doctor

Dr J Marval (female), Nottingham 1994
Dr Marval joined the practice in September 2020.

Locum doctors

From time to time, it is necessary for us to employ locum doctors to cover holidays and sickness. You will be notified if your appointment is with our locum doctor when you book.

nursing staff

Practice nurses

Our Practice Nurses, Tracey, Lindsey and Jess 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.

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 and a notes summariser who deal with all the clinical paperwork, reports and referral requests by the clinical teams.


Mr Ian Bonser (Practice Business Manager), Mrs Janette Cavanagh (Deputy Manager) and Mrs Sarah Roberts (Operational Manager) help to keep the practice running smoothly.

Job vacancies SHORTCUT

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Salary: From £9.73 per hour

Part-time: 17 hours per week over 3 days

  • Tuesday – 13.00pm – 19.00pm
  • Thursday – 08.00am – 13:30pm
  • Friday – 13.00pm – 19.00pm


Ivy Grove Surgery is a friendly, established, respected and forward- thinking medical practice situated in the market town of Ripley.

We are a busy Doctors' surgery, and we are looking for a hard-working, motivated person with excellent customer service and communication skills and good IT knowledge to join our friendly team.

This is an administrative post and applicants must have a minimum of 1 years' experience of working in a busy office environment and a minimum of 1 years' experience of dealing directly with the public in an administration role.

Applicants need to be able to cover for holidays/sickness, where a flexible rota system is in place.

Previous experience in NHS / General Practice is desirable but not essential as training will be given.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

COVID-19 considerations: All staff are required to wear a mask


Telephone: 01773 514140


Closing date: August 12, 2022


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Patient Care Advisor / Receptionist Job Description

Patient Care Advisor / Receptionist Person Spec


Part-time / Full-time Salaried GP posts

17 sessions in total
Starting Sept 2022, scope for flexibility

Due to partnership changes and doctors relocating to other areas/countries, we are in need of 17 sessions of cover

Let’s be honest it’s no secret that times are tough in general practice at the moment, 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. Our ethos is to protect our greatest assets, our staff and partners. We aim to support each other through regular peer meetings. From our simple 30-minute coffee break together in the staff room every working day, to our ‘New Starter GP - induction and mentoring scheme’.

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.

Editor's note: Yes, we are that practice that published that  viral video and that  viral letter to patients and that  viral letter to the former PM

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!

Our working days at IGS operate rather differently to traditional GP surgeries, please ask us for more information. 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.

The Enhanced Access HUB operates from the building and will start to offer late evening and Saturday appointments again from October. 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 “Factuals” are listed as follows-

Patient list size 10,700 - 7 partners, 2 practice nurses, 1 HCA plus managerial/administrative/reception staff.

6 weeks of annual leave plus 1 week study leave per annum.

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 within a 10-minute drive of IGS. Good transport links to the M1/A38 and East Midlands airport and parkway, giving rail access to London in 1.5 hours. Our local cities of Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Manchester are all within approximately an hour’s drive.

We look forward to meeting you!

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.

Editor's note: Despite all that is happening, we still believe the future of General Practice lies with partnership; all but one of our current partnership joined us a salaried doctor first. However, if you feel you want to stay as salaried, that's also OK.

We welcome each applicant on their merits but advantageous skills would be in the following areas-

Palliative care, GP specialty trainer, foundation year or medical student trainer.

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

We are happy to accommodate informal visits to the surgery, just speak to Sarah.

Contact: Sarah Roberts, Operational Manager, Ivy Grove Surgery, Church Farm Primary Care Centre, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3TH


Telephone: 01773 514140



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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. SHOW

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
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. SHOW

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

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.


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

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