Meet the Team

The Hicks Group Practice is a team of highly skilled Healthcare Professionals, including Doctors, Nurses, Health & Wellbeing Coaches and many more.

More information on the wide range of roles available in General Practice can be found here.


Dr Ian Sweetenham (m)


MB, BChir (1987) Cantab, MA, MRCGP, PGDip ENT, DFSRH.

Usual working days: Mon, Tue

Special Interests: Ear, nose and throat specialist and Epley manoeuvres, joint injections to include shoulders, knees and carpal tunnels, contraception-certified to insert IUS/IUD coils, minor surgery

Dr Urjit Soni (m)


MBBS MRCGP DRCOG DpD (Cardiff) Dip Ophth

Usual working days: Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri

Special Interests: Diabetes, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, MSK and cardiovascular health, chronic disease management, minor surgery to include excisions, joint injections to include knee, elbow shoulder and carpal tunnel, training lead for registrars.

Dr Carolyn Smithson (f)


MB.ChB, (1998) Sheffield, MRCGP, DFSRH, DRCOG, Dip Paed

Usual working days: Mon, Wed, Fri

Special Interests: All Gynae related complaints, Contraception this includes IUS/IUD coils and Implants, Paediatrics, and minor surgery also one of the practice leads for training medical students

Dr Sean Bulstrode (m)


MB ChB 2015 Leicester

Usual Working Days: Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri

Dr Edward Wu (m)


BM, BS 2015 Southampton, MRCGP

Usual Working Days: Mon, Thurs, Fri

Dr Akhila Venkat-Raman (f)


BSc, MB BS 2015 London, DFSRH 2019

Usual Working Days:
Mon, Tues, Fri

Dr Taiwo Olufemi (m)

Salaried GP

BSc, MBBS London 2012, MRCGP  

Usual working days: Tues, Weds, Thurs

Dr Laura Grady (f)

Salaried GP 

MB BChir 2012 Cambridge, MRCGP

Usual Working Days: Currently on Maternity Leave

Dr Sophie Densem (f)

Salaried GP


Usual working days: Tues, Weds, Thurs

Dr Jamie Jackson (m)

Salaried GP

BSc, PhD, MbCHB 2014 Sheffield. MRCP

Usual Working Days:
Mon, Weds, Thurs

Locum Doctors

Dr Abu Belal

Locum GP

Dr Shabeeba Kuttukkan

Locum GP


Dr Ibrahim (f)

Dr Akhtar (m)

Dr Liu (m)

Dr Swapnil (m)

Dr Das (f)

Nursing Team

Advanced Nursing Practitioners (ANPs)

An Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) is an experienced and highly educated Registered Nurse who manages the complete clinical care for their patient, not solely any specific condition.

ANPs are educated at Masters Level in advanced practice and are assessed as competent in this level of practice. As a clinical leader they have the freedom and authority to act and accept the responsibility and accountability for those actions. Working as part of the multidisciplinary team ANPs can work in or across all clinical settings, dependant on their area of expertise.

In short, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner can:

  • Assess, examine, and provide treatment for you
  • make and manage a both acute and chronic diagnoses
  • prescribe and review medication
  • request and review test results
  • make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals
  • admit patients into hospital when necessary.

Emma Pitts (f)

Lead Nurse Practitioner

Maria Martin (f)

RGN Nurse Practitioner

Susan Holland

RGN Nurse Practitioner

Christine Sice

RGN Nurse Practitioner


Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Joanna Livesey

ENT Nurse

Joony Vargheese


Jenny Arshed


Julie Chenery


Karen Gilchrist


Lindsey Weidisch


Healthcare Assistant (HCAs)

Healthcare Assistants carry out many different tasks in General Practice and make sure the patient experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible.

Some of the duties carried out include sterilising equipment, carrying out health checks, taking blood samples and processing lab samples. As well as nurses, HCAs work with doctors, midwives and other healthcare professionals. They have a lot of contact with patients.

Eleanor Bennett


Sophie Pitts


Jenny Sadler


Joanne Robertson


Clinical Pharmacists

Clinical Pharmacists work in primary care as part of a multidisciplinary team in a patient facing role to clinically assess and treat patients using expert knowledge of medicines for specific disease areas.

They work with and alongside the general practice team, taking responsibility for patients with chronic diseases and undertaking clinical medication reviews to proactively manage people with complex medication use, especially for the elderly, people in care homes and those with multiple conditions.

Sulman Ashraf

Remote Clinical pharmacist

Healthcare Team & Attached Staff

Community Midwives

Midwives are employed by a local NHS Trust.  They work in the antenatal clinics in the surgeries. In the community they visit mothers-to-be, and those who have just had babies, in their homes.  The midwives can be contacted through the surgeries.

Tracey Chew

Community / District Nurses

The nurses are employed by a local NHS Trust. They do not work in the surgeries but can be contacted through them.  They work closely with the doctors amongst patients who are ill at home.

Health Visitors

Health visitors are also employed by a local NHS Trust.  They work in the community with people of all ages who need advice about healthy living.  They regularly meet and discuss any difficulties with the doctors.  They concentrate on the under fives.  The health visitors can be contacted through the surgeries.

Community Matron Service

Community Matrons are highly experienced, senior nurses who work closely with patients (mainly those with a serious long term condition or complex range of conditions) in a community setting to directly provide, plan and organise their care.

LESLEY O’CONNOR – Lead Community Matron

LISA THORPE – Senior Health Care Assistant

CARLY NEWELL – Phlebotomist

Attached Staff

Mick Brosnan (m)
Mick is a health and lifestyle coach who can help you with your fitness and lifestyle

Penelope Colbert
Dementia support worker – Sessions once a month alternating between sites 

Colleen Burns
Colleen is a physiotherapist who works in both surgeries on a weekly basis

Stuart Hilpert
Digital Support Lead

Reception Team


Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries.

They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses.

They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.

Claire PatemanReception Lead

Kate Coleman

Ann Jones

Candice Ferdinand

Michelle Thompson

Irena Hall

Sheree Bridgewater

Shabana Rahman

Suzanne Swallow

Kelsey Brown

Tracey Bellamy

Helen Hinchcliffe

Practice Team

Practice Management

Lisa Harrison

Practice Manager

Jody Adams-Wallis

Administration Manager


Anne Colmer

Practice Assistant

Karen Pauley


Sarah Baker


Sharon Peacey


Cristal Ferdinand

ENT Administrator

Fran Harrison


Stacey Romaine

Practice Assistant

Care Co-Ordinators

Rosie Jones

Care Co-Ordinator

Dawn Collins

Care Co-Ordinator

Private Work and Insurance

Jade Annies


Lucy Malley


Prescription Clerks

Linda Lawrence-Stringer

Prescription Clerk

Sarah Manchett

Prescription Clerk

Nick Russell

Prescription Clerk


Jade Annies


Lucy Malley


Della Dear