Mid Sussex Trainers

Olufemi Akindolie

Trainer GP Practice: Moatfield Surgery, East Grinstead

Trainer Telephone: 01342 327555

Qualifications: MBBS (Lon) MRCGP

Justin Baseley

Trainer GP Practice: Ashdown Forest HC

Trainer Telephone: 01342 822 131

About Justin:

I have been a partner in the Practice since 2001 and established training in the Practice in 2008. Outside of the Practice I have a family with 3 young children and various animals to look after including pigs and alpacas.

Qualifications: MB BS (London 1996) BSc DGM DRCOG FRCGP

Lara Belle (Programme Director)

Trainer GP Practice: The Brow MC

Trainer Telephone: 01444 246 123

About Lara

I qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School just before it became Imperial and joined The Brow Medical Centre in 2003 having been a registrar for the Mid Sussex VTS. I loved the VTS too much to leave it so became a Programme Director for the Mid Sussex VTS a couple of years later. I think General Practice is the most amazing job in the world and I am passionate about education. I also have a special interest in Dermatology with weekly GPwSI clinics and regular minor ops sessions. Personally and as a practice we are very involved with CCG activities too. Outside of work I have three young children who keep me busy, entertained and harassed, and l enjoy being creative if ever time permits!

Qualifications: MBBS BSc MRCGP PGcert

Katie Briggs

Trainer GP Practice: Ouse Valley Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01444 405 750

Sarah-Jayne Burns

Trainer GP Practice: Cuckfield Medical Centre

Trainer Telephone: 01444 458738

About Trainer: Dr Burns qualified from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2009. Dr Burns worked as a junior doctor for two years in Hastings and then started her general practice training in Brighton and Haywards Heath. She completed her general practice training at the practice as a registrar in 2013. Dr Burns initially worked in a salaried role and has been a partner since 2018.

Dr Burns has a particular interest in sexual-health, family planning and womens health. She runs two family planning clinics a month. Dr Burns is also interested in teaching and regularly supervises a Foundation doctor on 4 month rotations in general practice.

Outside of work Dr Burns enjoys running (although this is predominantly after her toddler at present), she really enjoys sewing, photography and scuba diving (however this is more a challenge since the toddler!)

Tizzy Camilleri

Trainer GP Practice: Ouse Valley, Handcross

Trainer Telephone: 01444 405750

Sue Carter

Trainer GP Practice: Newtons Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01444 412 280

Sue Trainer:

I have been working at Newtons Practice since 2012, before that I worked in general practice in Crawley. I enjoy being part of a large multi professional team with GP registrars as part of that team. Outside work I like to spend time with family and friends, and enjoy walking, swimming and cycling.

Katie Carter

Trainer Practice: Cowfold Medical Group, Cowfold

Trainer Telephone: 01403 864204

Qualifications: MB ChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH Qualified 1999

Anna Chan

Trainer GP Practice: Dolphins Practice, Haywards Heath

Trainer Telephone: 01444 414767

About Trainer: Dr Chan studied medicine at Cambridge University and completed her clinical years at University College London. During her training she worked in a range of specialities including general medicine, A&E, paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology and psychiatry before qualifying as a GP in 2018. She has recently moved to the area, joining the Dolphins Practice in 2020, and is keen to develop her role in teaching and education.

Louise Cotter

Trainer GP Practice: Cuckfield Medical Centre

Trainer Telephone: 01444 458 738

About Trainer:

I trained at University of Birmingham and qualified in 2009. I did my foundation training in Birmingham before making the move to sunny Brighton to do my GP training on the Brighton VTS scheme. I qualified as a GP in 2014 and started working in Cuckfield Medical Practice in 2016, becoming a partner there in 2018. I am passionate about general practice and the impact we can make on our patients lives. I enjoy elderly care medicine and have completed my diploma in geriatric medicine. I love training and teaching and so was pleased to complete my Education Supervisor training in 2021, at the same time as having my first baby! I live with my husband, baby and huge dog Barney and we enjoy spending time in our campervan. 


Qualifications: MBChB Bmedsci DRCOG MRCGP DGM 

Daphne Coutroubis

Trainer GP Practice The Village

Trainer Telephone 01403 730 016

About Daphne:

Became a trainer in 2020.

Qualifications: MBBS (London 2006) MRCGP (2015) DFSRH

Matthew Davies

Trainer GP Practice: Riverside Medical Practice, Horsham

Trainer Telephone: 01403 274700

About Trainer:

Alex Dombrowe

Trainer GP Practice: The Meadows Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01444 242 860

About Trainer:

I trained at Oxford University, qualifying in 1998. After a brief spell in the North West working in A+E and completing the DTM&H at Liverpool University, I moved to Brighton in 2000 and joined the Mid Sussex VTS. Following completion of training I joined the Meadows surgery in 2003 as a full time partner. I believe that General Practice is the jewel in the NHS crown, and although there are huge challenges, believe that the future of the NHS relies on strong primary care. I value continuity of care and enjoy the daily challenge of the variety of consultations and presentations.

I am the practice respiratory lead. I also do minor surgery and joint injections. I am the practice CCG lead.

Having been an associate tutor for medical students at BSMS for several years, the next progression in teaching was postgraduate. I became a trainer in early 2016. The Meadows is a very friendly place to work with a good patient mix. I aim to create a supportive environment with exposure to the whole breadth of what General Practice has to offer. Two ST3s in recent years have stayed on as salaried colleagues.

I live in Brighton and have 2 boys. I enjoy live music and try to go to concerts – be it Metallica or Mahler – when I can. I have rowed since university and still train and race for Ardingly Rowing Club. Both my boys play rugby and I am a youth rugby coach at Hove RFC.

Qualifications: BMBCh, MRCGP, MA(Oxon), DTM&H, DRCOG(2001), PGCert.(Med Ed.)

Susan Ferrier

Trainer GP Practice: Cuckfield MC

Trainer Telephone: 01444 458 738

About Trainer: After qualifying at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, I worked as a junior doctor in Chertsey and Brighton. I then moved to Perth in Australia and worked in A&E and Paediatrics. Keeping up my love of the seaside I moved back to Brighton in 2010 where I undertook my GP training.

Since then I gained experience as a locum in many practices across Sussex until starting work at Cuckfield in February 2014. In April 2015 I became a Partner at the Practice and I am currently the Caldicott Guardian, Information Governance and Health & Safety Lead. In 2018 I completed a Diploma in Education and have now taken over the training role as a supervisor for new doctors training to be GPs.

​I also have an interest in ENT problems and since the local PCT discouraged the use of ear syringing, have re-started the Microsuction service at the practice.

Outside of work I am a regular runner and have travelled widely and have spent time gaining experience of different health systems in Ghana, India, Peru and of course Australia.

Qualifications: MRCGP, MBBS, BSc Psychology

Elinor Flatman

Trainer GP Practice: Ship Street Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01342 325 959

Elizabeth Gill

Trainer GP Practice: Buxted MC

Trainer Telephone: 01825 732 333

Qualifications: BA (Hons) MBBS MRCGP PGCE

Qualified from St. Bartholomew’s Medical school in London

Matt Greenwood

Trainer GP Practice: Courtyard Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330 320

About Matt:

Became a trainer in 2020.

Qualifications: BSc MBBS MRCGP St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London 2006

Jessie Gulsin

Trainer GP Practice: The Brow Medical Centre, Burgess Hill

Trainer Telephone: 01444 246 123

About Trainer: Jessie qualified from University College London in 2009.  She completed her GP training in the Mid Sussex scheme.  After qualifying from her GP training, she spent a year working as a locum and also on a project for the Clinical Commissioning Group.  She returned to The Brow as a salaried GP and also completed her qualification to become a GP trainer.  She lives in Sussex with her young son.

Qualifications: MBBS, BSc, PGCert, MRCGP

Ruth Gwynne-Hellier

Trainer GP Practice: Newtons Practice, Haywards Heath

Trainer Telephone: 01444 412280

Qualifications: MBBS (Brighton 2007) MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH (Partner)

Janet Hardingham

Trainer GP Practice: Ouse Valley Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01444 405 750

About Janet:

I qualified in 1987 from Nottingham. I then did my VTS in Mid Sussex, completing the DRCOG, DFFP and the MRCGP during that time and shortly after. I became a GP partner at the practice in 1996.

I bring enthusiasm, a caring nature and a healthy dose of pragmatism to my role as a GP, which I love. I enjoy teaching and learning which is just an extension of my GP job. I work part time and my home life is very important to me.

My skills outside medicine lie in chicken-rearing, vegetable gardening, going to festivals/clubs/live music and dancing a lot, swimming and drinking champagne.

Qualfications: BMedSci BM BS DRCOG DFSRH MRCGP.

Senior Partner

Dominique Hogan

Trainer GP Practice: Silverdale Practice, Burgess Hill

Trainer Telephone: 01444 233450

About Trainer:

Qualifications: MB BS BSC MRCPCH MRCGP

David Holwell

Trainer GP Practice: Park Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330 266

Qualifications: MB BS MRCGP DRCOG BSc

Charing Cross Hospital Medical School (1986)

Leonie Hyder

Trainer GP Practice: The Village

Trainer Telephone: 01403 730 016

About Leonie:

I graduated from Nottingham Medical School and moved to Sussex for my GPVTS. I qualified as a GP in 2006 and was a partner and GP trainer in Crawley before moving to the Village Surgery in 2015.

We are a fairly small practice of 4 partners with a rapidly expanding practice population. I have enjoyed sharing and spreading my enthusiasm for training in the practice, and have been well supported by the whole team.

Outside of general practice, I have 2 young children that keep me very busy, and we particularly enjoy our family holidays.

Liz Jenkins

Trainer GP Practice: Northlands Wood Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01444 458 022

About Liz:


I qualified from St Mary’s Paddington (now Imperial) and after house jobs in 1987, I did anaesthetics in Worthing but realised that it was a bit boring so joined the old Cuckfield GP scheme in 1988 when the hospital was army Nissan huts!

I was involved in the “Jumbulances” that transported patients to the brand new PRH. My husband (Rob) is senior partner at the Cuckfield and Vale practice. I was the first “part time partner” in Haywards Heath when I joined Dolphins practice in 1992. Northlands Wood branch surgery became independent from the main Dolphins surgery in October 2001 and our purpose built surgery opened shortly after.

I have two wonderful children and in a previous life enjoyed lots of horse riding but now stick to bridge, badminton and two book clubs!

Emmeline Kane

Trainer GP: Practice Moatfield Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01342 327 555

About Emmeline:

Trainer from January 2017

Tataneh Khalafpour

Trainer GP Practice: Rudgwick Medical Centre, Horsham

Trainer Telephone: 01403 822103

About Trainer: Dr Khalafpour trained at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She has worked as a GP partner for twenty years. Her interests are in rheumatology, GP training and medical education.

Qualifications: MBBS, MRCGP, Dip Rheum

Samir Khan

Trainer GP Practice: Park Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330266

Qualifications: BSc., MB BS, MRCGP Royal Free & University College London Medical School (2011)

Isabel Konrad

Trainer GP Practice: Mid Sussex Healthcare, Ditchling

Trainer Telephone: 01273 834388

About Trainer: Based in Ditchling, Dr Konrad qualified from Munich University in 2003 and has worked in Crawley and Huntingdon before completing her GP Vocational Training Scheme in Brighton. She has since worked as a locum and as a GP Partner in Goring prior to joining Mid Sussex Health Care. She is especially interested in family planning and palliative care having provided out of hours cover for the Martlets Hospice over the last few years. She enjoys the variety of General Practice and is looking forward to getting to know her patients locally. She is married to Adam and has three children. She likes going on walks and spending time outside with her family. When not at work or looking after her children, she loves sewing clothes, mountain biking and playing badminton.

Qualifications: MRCGP DRCOG DFSRH (Partner)

Terry Lynch

Trainer GP Practice: MSHC Hassocks

Trainer Telephone: 01273 834 388

About Terry:

Trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, qualifying in 2001.

After working in London and Surrey he completed his GP training in Guildford before starting at Hassocks in July 2008. He is a GP Trainer – supervising qualified doctors in their final stages of training towards becoming fully fledged GPs.

He enjoys outdoor pursuits and tries to keep fit on an indoor rowing machine. He is married and has 2 kids to keep him on his toes.

Qualifications: MBBS MRCGP MRCP BSc PGCE

Mark Lythgoe

Trainer GP Practice: Judges Close Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01342 317 820

Qualifications: MBBS DA DRCOG MRCGP (Charing Cross 1984)

Huw Morris

Trainer GP Practice: Northlands Wood

Trainer Telephone: 01444 458 022

About: I trained at UCL and graduated in 1998. I have been a partner at Northlands Wood since 2005. We are a well-established training practice with an experienced and highly supportive team. 

I like all aspects of community medicine and have an additional interest in Men’s Health and MSK.

Although highly rewarding, I know GP can be challenging and I believe it is important to prioritise wellbeing and achieve a healthy work-life balance. Outside work I can often be found running on the downs, swimming in the sea or riding my bike. I’m married with 2 girls and a dog. I also grow chillies, play the guitar and listen to indie music

Qualifications: MBBS, BSc, DRCOG, MRCGP Registered London 1998

Elisabeth Murchison

Trainer GP Practice: Newtons Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01444 412 280

Qualifications: MB ChB (Edinburgh 1986) DGM FPA Cert MRCGP

Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education.

Krishna Naineni

Trainer Practice: Ashdown Forest Health Centre, Forest Row

Trainer Telephone: 01403 274700

Qualifications: MRCGP MBBS

Phinal Patel

Trainer Practice: Riverside Medical Practice

Trainer Telephone: 01403 274700

Ragu Rajan

Trainer GP Practice: Newick HC

Trainer Telephone: 01825 722 272

About Ragu:

I qualified from St George’s London in 2002, did my house jobs and a medical rotation around London and then in an enlightened moment it dawned upon me that I wanted to become a GP so joined the VTS scheme in Croydon (London). I worked as a salaried GP in urban South London for a few years initially, then with all the changes that were happening within the NHS I wanted to gain more business and management experience so decided to work for Pfizer as a medical advisor and also completed an MBA. I joined Mid Downs as a partner in 2012 and I am the Diabetic lead for the Practice. I am also on the board of the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG.

I enjoy playing tennis, skiing, travelling and the odd run along the seafront.


Josh Rubenstein

Trainer GP Practice: The Brow, Burgess Hill

Trainer Telephone: 01444 246123

About Trainer: Josh qualified in 2011, having trained in Cambridge and Barts and the London medical schools.  He moved to Sussex in 2014 and worked in the local hospitals before undertaking GP training in the Mid Sussex and Brighton VTS.  He lives in Haywards Heath with his partner.  The pandemic has allowed him to discover his inner baker, as well as reconnecting with the beautiful Sussex countryside. 

Qualifications: MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCP, PGCert, MRCGP (2019)

Jeremy Raphael

Trainer GP Practice: Park Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330266

Raina Shah

Trainer GP Practice: Park Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330266

Raina Shah

Trainer GP Practice: Park Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330266

Qualifications: MBBS, MRCGP, DFSRH, CIDC, Certificate in Palliative Care

Jo Skipp

Trainer GP Practice: Courtyard Surgery, Horsham

Trainer Telephone: 01403 330320

Jo Thomson

Trainer GP Practice: MSHC Hurstpierpoint

Trainer Telephone: 01273 834 388

About Jo:

I qualified from Kings College School of Medicine and Dentistry, London in 1997. I completed my VTS training in Mid Sussex and have worked in General Practice in Mid Sussex since 2001.

I have worked as a locum, a salaried GP and currently as a partner in Mid Sussex and have also spent time working as a GP in New Zealand where my family and I spent a sabbatical in 2008-10. I also work for our neighbouring Coastal West Sussex CCG as a Macmillan GP and cancer lead on one day per week.

I had a fantastic trainer who enthused me and I wanted to share some of my enthusiasm for General Practice with the next generation of GPs. I am fortunate that in our large practice of nearly 20,000 patients we have 3 trainers who support our trainees and we have a brilliant team of both clinical and non-clinical staff who are equally involved with education and training within the practice.

Outside of work I spend a lot of time on the side of rugby and netball pitches and, when time allows, in my garden and walking my dog.

Lucy Webb

Trainer GP Practice: Cowfold Medical Group, Cowfold

Trainer Telephone: 01403 864204

About Trainer:

Qualifications: BMBS, DFSRH, MRCGP Qualified 2008

Claudia Williams

Trainer GP Practice: Moatfield Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01342 327 555

About Claudia:

I have worked at Moatfield for 5 years, initially as a salaried GP, now as a partner. I trained in London (my own scheme) then worked in central London, then South London as a partner for 7 years before an interlude abroad.

I had wanted to become a GP trainer for some time and I have really enjoyed supervising Foundation doctors and trainees over the last 3 years. (I also teach medical students ). Working with 2 other trainers in the practice is very helpful and our management team are supportive of trainees.

I also work as a clinical adviser for NHS England and a GP Mentor for HEKSS. I have too many children and feel very lucky to be able to do an interesting job which is part-time. I work 3 days a week at Moatfield. Moatfield is a great place to work because it is organised and full of proactive staff trying to get things right. At Moatfield we have a great mixture of GPs with different interests and experience available as a resource. Regular clinical meetings are a great opportunity to share challenges and learn from each other.

Hugo Wilson (Programme Director)

Trainer GP Practice: MSHC Hurstpierpoint

Trainer Telephone: 01273 834 388

About Hugo:

Trained at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, qualifying in 1997.

Started at Hurstpierpoint in June 2006 and is a GP Trainer, supervising qualified Doctors in their final stages of training towards becoming fully fledged GPs.

He is lead for the Parctice on GP Training, Research and IT, and a GP Appraiser for West Sussex.

He is lead for the Practice on GP Training, Research and IT.

Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking on the South Downs, tennis, running, and playing guitar in a local band. He is married and has 3 boys.


Miriam Winn

Trainer GP Practice: Mid Sussex Healthcare Ditchling

Trainer Telephone: 01273 834 388

About Trainer: Based in Ditchling, Miriam grew up in Sussex, qualified from St Georges Hospital Medical School, London, in 2004 before coming back to the area to do her junior doctor jobs in Brighton and Haywards Heath, where she then joined the GP training scheme. Before joining us Miriam worked as a GP Partner in Worthing. She has a special interest in palliative care and women’s health and also enjoys the variety that General Practice offers. She particularly values continuity of care and getting to know her patients well. She lives with her husband, two daughters, son and lively labrador. When not at work she enjoys walks on the Downs and baking.

Qualifications: MBBS MRCGP DFFP DCH DRCOG (Partner)

Paul Woods

Trainer GP Practice: Holbrook Surgery

Trainer Telephone: 01403 339 818

About Paul:

Paul graduated from The Royal London Hospital in 1991 and completed his GP Training on the Crawley/Horsham VTS in 1995.

He is married with two daughters and lives in Horsham.

His interests include squash, cycling, walking his 3 dogs, Crystal Palace Football Club (don’t laugh!), motorsport and, indeed, anything to do with cars.