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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.


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.


Deputy Medical Director – Dr Zaid Al-Najjar  MRCGP MFFLM LLM DClinPsych DDerm DRCOG
Zaid is the Deputy Medical Director of the Practitioner Health Programme and  GP Health Service.

He qualified in 2002 from the University of Southampton and then completed vocational training as a GP. In 2010 he joined one of the main medical defence organisations in the UK as a Medicolegal Adviser and became a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine.

He went on to lead a team of doctors and lawyers dealing with various issues such as regulatory, disciplinary cases, Inquests, complaints and clinical negligence claims. He has since completed a post-graduate diploma in Clinical Psychiatry and continues to work as a GP in London and the South East.   In his spare time he enjoys reading, being cooked for, playing tennis, and learning the piano.


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.

Clinical Lead (West Midlands) -Dr Vanessa Manley, MbChB FRCGP DFSRH DCH GPwSI Substance Misuse

Vanessa has worked as a General Practitioner since 1996 at Ridgacre House Surgery in Birmingham. The practice was one of 4% rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC in 2016.

The practice has a long-standing focus on mental health in general and a particular expertise in alcohol and substance misuse in particular with several partners involved both inside the surgery and for third sector organisations. Vanessa completed the RCGP Part 2 Certificate in Substance Misuse in 2012, is a GPwSI in substance misuse and was an approved doctor under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act for many years.

Vanessa is a medical appraiser for NHS England, a GP Trainer and a GP Peer Support Tutor for Birmingham Cross City CCG. This role involves meeting with GPs and practices which are, for whatever reason, struggling and looking at solutions and support for the teams.

Clinical Lead (East Midlands) – Dr Helen Garr

Dr Helen Garr is a GP working in Nottingham at the University of Nottingham Health Service and in urgent care with a keen interest and extensive experience in mental health and wellbeing.

She is passionate about supporting the wellbeing of health care professionals and has worked as a Clinician and Clinical Lead of the National GP Health Service since its beginning and is known for her down to earth, caring and empathetic approach.  She has a background in psychology and nursing prior to qualifying in medicine from the University of Leicester and utilises her psychology interest to underpin her work as a coach and mentor for doctors.

Helen is a Public health England Clinical Champion for physical activity and a Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is a recognised leader in the field of health care professional wellbeing and regularly delivers national key note speeches and runs successful wellbeing and burnout workshops. She is also Nottinghamshire LMC Wellbeing lead and sits on the RCGP National wellbeing working group and BMA wellbeing stakeholders committee.

Alongside her keen interest in wellbeing, Dr Garr can be found running half marathons (slowly), playing netball, practising mindfulness and can be found on social media @TheWellbeingGP.