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Meet the team

Lucy Warner (2)

Chief Executive Officer – Ms Lucy Warner

Lucy is Chief Executive of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme and the NHS General Practitioner Health service. She has over 25 years NHS experience ranging across many aspects of health care, working with practices, local and national teams and including a stint in Gibraltar.  She lead the establishment of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme with Dr Clare Gerada in 2008 and has been Chief Executive since its inception.

Lucy has previously worked with NHS England as the Responding to Concerns Lead, focusing on concerns in the medical workforce and with the NHS Revalidation Support Team supporting the implementation of appraisal and revalidation for doctors in England. She also previously headed up Primary Care for the Clinical Governance Support Team.

Lynne Simpson (1)

Programme Director – Lynne Simpson

Lynne Simpson is the GPH Programme Director and leads the development of the service through a programme of projects.  Lynne has worked in the NHS and at the Department of Health for over 25 years, and at the Practitioner Health Programme for 5 years.  She is an experienced senior manager and has undertaken many roles including; strategic service delivery, business development, programme and project delivery, policy development, and performance management.

She has the overview of the GPH service improvement and external service development including liaison with commissioners and provision of external care.

Clare Gerada

Medical Director – Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych

Dr Gerada is the NHS PHP and NHS GPH Medical Director and established PHP with support from Lucy Warner in 2008.  Dr Gerada is a registered Medical Practitioner with an understanding of and experience in the provision of general practice, mental health and addiction services. She undertook her psychiatric training at the Maudsley and Bethlam Hospitals, 1986 – 1990.

Since 1991 Dr Gerada has worked as a Principal in General Practice though has maintained her interest and expertise in the addiction field. Dr Gerada writes, teaches and lectures widely on the subject of the role of general practitioners in the care of substance misusers. Since 1993 Dr Gerada has been the lead clinician for the Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service which provides support to general practitioners such that they are able to deliver effective care to drug users.

Dr Gerada has held a number of national roles, including, Senior Policy Advisor Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol. Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use Unit & was Chair of RCGP National Expert Group on Substance Misuse. In both of these roles, Dr Gerada provided national leadership in substance misuse, developing the RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse and supporting the creation of shared care working across England.

Director Primary Care, National Clinical Governance Support Team, 2003-2006: responsible in part for developing Governments’ response to the Shipman Inquiry. Vice Chair RCGP 2007 – 2010. Chair RCGP 2011 – 2013.

Richard Jones (1)

Clinical Director – Mr Richard Jones RMN MSc BSc MAREBT 

Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Specialist Mental Health Nurse, Independent Prescriber.

Richard is the Clinical Director for both the NHS Practitioner Health Programme and the GP Health Service. He manages the largest caseload in both services, helping practitioner patients recover from a wide variety of health problems and addictions.

Since the creation of the new GPH service Richard now primarily only sees the most complex cases, typically with regulator involvement,  atypical addictions and  presentations, or those that require enhanced management or confidentiality. Richard is particularly interested in psychopharmacology, non-substance related addictions, and the role of ‘meta emotions’ in maintaining illnesses and addictions.

Richard speaks across the country on areas related to practitioner health and has input into many courses and events on related issues.

Richard originally trained as an RMN, working for over a decade post qualification at the SLaM Trust, before becoming a Lecturer/ Practitioner, at King’s College London’s Nightingale school, where he later became a College Tutor and course leader. Whilst at KCL he was given the Teaching Excellence award in 2010.

Richard has worked at PHP since 2010 initially working part time as a CBT therapist, then joining the team full time in 2012.