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Practice Nursing Team

Our Practice Nurses are specially trained to run routine clinics for certain conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. (Each of our Nurses specialises in a different area, so you need to book ahead with the most appropriate person).

They also provide service and advice on issues such as health promotion, contraception, travel, vaccination and cervical cytology (smears).


Lisa Callaghan

RGN (Sheffield 2000)

Head of Nursing Royal Primary Care, Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care Chesterfield.

Works 4 days per week

I graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2000. I began my career in secondary care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, working in a variety of clinical settings; these include A/E, Rheumatology, Vascular, Respiratory, Endocrinology and Cardiology. I became a ward sister in 2004.

In 2009 I moved to general practice and took on the role of Practice Nurse at a very busy village surgery in Chesterfield, I loved it from day one. Patient care is my top priority, the biggest draw for me in primary care is the time and level of patient care that I can provide.

I worked at the same surgery for nine years becoming Lead Nurse for the last five of them, the practice was extremely supportive and I was able to train in all areas of chronic disease management (Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, CHD, Hypertension). I am also trained and competent to work in Travel Health, Infant/Child/Adult Immunisation and Vaccination schedules, Cervical Screening and Contraception, Anti-Coagulation initiation and management, Women's Health and Family Planning.

I graduated from the University Of Derby as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2016 and use this qualification enormously to the benefit of my patients and my colleagues.

I joined the excellent team at Royal Primary Care in January 2018 and was appointed as Head of Nursing in April 2018.

Lisa N Farlin

I am a Registered General Nurse. I qualified in 1999 from Barbados Community College. My post grad experience includes, Paediatrics including PICU,General Surgery and Medicine. In 2002 I did my Theatre Practitioner qualification and gained First assistant to the Surgeon with additional Skills in 2006.

I am passionate about the nursing profession and I became a qualified mentor to students in 2006. I am also very passionate about providing Quality care to patients and thus I trained in Infection prevention and Control in 2010, this led to additional training in Incident reporting and Risk assessments.

In 2016 I trained to be a Practice Nurse and I am competent in all proficiencies of the role, e.g. cervical smears, LTC management, Contraception and All Immunisations.

I currently have a special interest in Diabetes Management, Respiratory management and Health and Social care Leadership.

I am passionate about safe patient care and health promotions that will enable my patients to live a high quality lifestyle.

Lorraine Rimington

Completed Registered General Nurse training with North Derbyshire School of Nursing in July 1990

Worked in theatre recovery and Trauma Orthopaedics as a staff nurse

Worked on nights covering medical, surgical, orthopaedic , care of Elderly wards plus Coronary Care and A+E

Became a Practice Nurse in July 1996 at High Street Medical Centre, which moved to Rectory Road in 2001

Completed diplomas in diabetes, asthma, allergy care, contraception and sexual health, cervical screening

Completed diabetes Merit course for initiating insulin

Completed immunisation training

Qualified as a non-medical Independent prescriber in 2017

Currently working between Rectory Road and Inkersall surgeries, plus Saturday mornings at Grange

Monika Sciog

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1999 at Medical School in Poland. I began my nursing career in primary care sharing my duties as Practice Nurse and Community Nurse for 7 years.

Moving to England was one of my life big challenges. After few years, working in care sector, looking after people with dementia and learning disabilities, I decided to come back into the nursing and finished in 2013 Back to Nursing module at the University of Nottingham.

Acute surgical ward in Chesterfield Royal Hospital was my first nursing experience.  The most common type of patient we had was post abdominal surgeries patients.  Working as a Staff Nurse I successfully completed qualification in mentorship in 2016 from The University of Derby.

After three years, I was ready for new challenge and joined nursing team in Royal Primary Care. In 2018 I attended De Montfort University to study for a degree in Practice nursing.  I gained knowledge and competency in Diabetes, COPD, Asthma, Hypertension, Travel Health, Child and Adult Immunisation, Cervical Screening, Contraception and Anti-Coagulation treatment.

After a year of working at Royal Primary Care, I was appointed as a link Learning Disability Nurse. I am also Learning Educational Manager responsible for creating and facilitating learning opportunities for nursing students at Royal Primary Care.  

I have special interest in the management of diabetes. Recently I was given the opportunity to work alongside the specialist diabetes nurse to burden my knowledge and experience. I hope to undertake further studies and provide to my patient high quality care as a Specialist Diabetes Nurse.

Clare Marven

Works 4 days per week

I began my nurse training in 2008 at Derby University. On qualifying in 2011, I went into a dementia specialist nursing home, were I also worked as a care assistant for many years. I was offered a staff nurse position at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on qualifying but I felt that the hospital environment was not were I wanted to be.

In 2016 I was given the opportunity to train to become a practice nurse. During this time I gained experience in cervical cytology, Immunisations, long term conditions and anticoagulation monitoring and also improved on my time management and people skills.

During the last few years I have been a volunteer for Chesterfield Police and have also spent some time with the East Midlands ambulance Service allowing me to gain insight into how emergency situations are dealt with effectively.

In 2017 I was given the opportunity to join the Royal Primary Care team and haven't looked back. I am now looking to the future within the RPC and am interested in becoming a nurse prescriber and to become more specialised in long term conditions.

Hayley Burke

Works 5 days per week

completed my Nursing degree with the University of Derby in 2015.

I started my Nursing career within a District nursing team and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience including diabetic care, wound management and end of life care.

I am very passionate about nursing and enjoy teaching and supporting others and completed my mentorship course in 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Community nurse however Practice nursing was always a great interest to me.

This year I was lucky enough to join the team at Royal Primary care as a Practice Nurse.

I have a keen interest in Diabetes and Women's Health and will be undertaking further studies in the near future to maximise my knowledge and be able to give the best care to my patients.

Tara Elsmore

Works 4 days per week mostly at RPC Grangewood

After 6 years working within the care industry I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study at the University of Derby to become a nurse, where I qualified with a first class honours degree.

Although I knew practice nursing was a huge interest of mine, I started my nursing career by gaining acute experience at Chesterfield Royal Hospital within Critical Care. It was vital I was able to adapt to the needs of each individual patient as the scope of illness here was wide and varied. As a result I learnt so much about the anatomy and physiology of the body.

This year was the start of my exciting new adventure as a Practice Nurse within Royal Primary Care. I am also currently studying at De Montfort University doing my Practice Nurse Degree at Masters Level, from which I'm gaining a wealth of knowledge.

I have a keen interest in asthma management and women's health, and hope to peruse further academic studies in these subjects in the near future to maximise my knowledge and understanding for the benefit of our patients.

Healthcare Assistants

Health Care Assistants support Practice Nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as Phlebotomy (taking blood), Blood Pressure measurements, New Patient Checks, B12 Injections, Immunisations, ECGs, Spirometrys, INRs, Diabetic Foot Checks (Low-Moderate Risk), Simple Dressings, Stitch Removal, CVD NHS Health Checks, Stocking Measurements.

Kim McAssey

Works 5 days per week

I have worked full time both within the Primary Care Sector & Secondary Care for 21 years, currently based at the Rectory Road site undertaking a variety of health care roles.

Previously I worked in the Dermatology Department at Chesterfield Hospital for 10 years before moving to RPC for a new challenge.

My role as a dedicated HCA is to provide the best possible care for patients and enhance the RPC Clinical Team, regularly updating knowledge & skills in a rewarding profession.

Louise Copley-Dunn

Works 4 days per week

Assistant Practitioners support the  Practice Nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as Asthma checks, Phlebotomy (taking blood), Blood Pressure measurements, New Patient Checks, B12 and Pneumonia Injections,  ECGs, Spirometrys, INRs, Diabetic Foot Checks (Low-Moderate Risk), Simple Dressings, Stitch and clip removal, CVD NHS Health Checks, Stocking Measurements and home visits.

I have worked for the NHS for 11 years, previously as a community phlebotomist, I then came to work at Rectory Road 9 years ago and have been here ever since. Over the years I have undertaken various tasks and this led me to complete my university degree as an AP at Derby University.

Sarah Halfyear

Works 4 days per week

I work part time based at Inkersall surgery; I have worked for RPC now for 3 years doing the healthcare role. I previously worked at chesterfield royal hospital on a medical ward for 6 years.

I am very passionate about my job and providing the best care for my patients

Kim Marvin

Linzi Wood

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