Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses provide the following services:

Chronic disease management - Asthma, diabetes, COPD, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, anticoagulant monitoring

Screening and advice - Cervical cytology, HRT, menopause, stop smoking/sexual health.

Travel Vaccinations - For routine protection against Tetanus and Polio, patients can call the surgery or fill in a travel form on our website where one of our nursing team will assess which vaccinations patients may require. If vaccinations are necessary, you will then be contacted by the practice to book an appointment.

Lisa Callaghan

RGN (Sheffield 2000)

Head of Nursing Royal Primary Care, Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care South

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 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.

Loren Wilson-Higham

Lead Nurse at Royal Primary Care West

Works 5 days a week at RPC West

I completed my nurse training with Derby University in 2013, where I started my nursing journey on an acute respiratory medical ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. I gained a lot of medical experience during my time on this ward such as; emergency care, managing chronic respiratory patients and other co-morbidities, Non- invasive ventilation and blood gas monitoring, end of life care and supporting patients and families during their most vulnerable times. In 2016 I was ready for a new challenge where I applied for a job in Primary Care and became a Practice Nurse. I completed the DMU Practice Nurse Degree alongside the Cytology course in 2017 and since then I have completed the COPD Diploma. Since merging with RPC I have recently been appointed the Lead Nurse role at North West.

I have a specific interest in Respiratory as this is my background; I enjoy my role in supporting patients to manage their long-term conditions, cytology, immunisations and contraception are also areas of interest. The beauty of Practice Nursing is the level of care you can provide for your patients on a 1:1 basis and the rapport you can build with them during their consultations. I currently work at Holmehall, Whittington and Ashgate surgeries Monday-Friday and I have a non-clinical day on Wednesdays. I continue to learn new areas within my role and I am passionate about safe patient care and a great level of team work.

Hayley Burke

Lead Nurse at Royal Primary Care East

Works 5 days a week at RPC East

I work full time at rectory road and Inkersall

I 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 joined Royal primary care as a Practice Nurse in 2019 and in 2022 I took on the Lead Nurse position for RPC East.

Since I have been with RPC I have completed my post graduate in practice nursing in 2019 and more recently my independent nurse prescribing.

I have a keen interest in diabetes and women's health and hope to undertake further studies in the near future to maximise my knowledge and be able to give the best care to my patients.

Sarah Barker

Gillian Benton

Emily Brooks

RGN (Sheffield 2019)

Works 4 days a week at RPC West

I qualified from Sheffield Hallam with BSC Hons in Adult Nursing 2019 and went to work as a community nurse for one year. I then went back to Uni at Sheffield to do my practice nursing qualification working in Rotherham and Sheffield at the time. I also obtained my asthma diploma in 2023.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling and fine dining.

Tara Elsmore

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.

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.

Francesca Green

Cassie Hayward


Works 4 days a week at RPC East
I started my career in the NHS in 2007 after completing a health and social care course at Chesterfield College. I started as a health care assistant in learning disability services.
In 2009 I commenced my nurse training at the University of Derby. Since qualifying in 2012, I have worked in various areas including a stroke unit, school age vaccination team, A&E and now practice nursing. I have completed additional training along the way, some including advanced life support, mentorship and the general practice nurse degree.
I've had a break to have my second child, but plan to work my way through the various long term condition courses and non medical prescribing. I love being a nurse. In particular, the positive impact that we can have on people's lives. 

Clare Marven

Works 4 days a week at RPC East

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.

Monika Sciog

Maggie Shannon

Works 4 days a week at RPC West

I qualified as a nurse in 2013 at the University of Nottingham. I started my career working in Secondary care on the Emergency Assessment Unit at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield. I worked there for 3 years and gained a lot of experience in a vast variety of acute medical conditions and emergency care, during which time I also became a Deputy Sister on the unit.

I was passionate to develop my knowledge in Primary care and Chronic disease management and therefore in 2016 I applied for a job in Practice Nursing at Ashgate. I completed the Practice Nurse post graduate Diploma at De Montfort University and cytology training in 2017 and I have since continued to develop my knowledge and skills.

Patient centred care is my top priority and one of the things I love most about being a Practice Nurse is that I can build a rapport with patients and offer them continuity of care.

I continue to have a passion to develop my skills as a practice nurse and I have a keen interest in Diabetes, Women's health and Immunisations. I am hoping to commence a degree course in Enhancing Diabetes Care in the near future. Following on from this I would like to be able to develop knowledge in COPD management and complete my non-medical prescribing.

Emma Smith

Natalie Stone

Ellie Weeks