Meet the Team

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  • Jane Wells

    CEO
    I joined Devon Training Hub in April 2022 as a director and became CEO in May 2023, before becoming CEO I worked as a Practice Manager in Devon for 19 years and prior to that was a HR Director in an Investment Bank in London.

    I live with my family in West Devon, and when I'm not at work I love to garden, read and travel.

    My role within Devon Training Hub is leading the organisation to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our stakeholders and support the ICS to recruit and retain staff across the health system in Devon.

  • Andrew Venning

    Medical Director
    Hi I'm Andrew. I'm the new Medical Director for the Devon Training Hub. I'm a GP in Newton Abbot where I've been a partner at Cricketfield Surgery for about 14 years. I'm passionate about medical education and development of the greater Primary care team. I was a small group facilitator with the Peninsular Medical School, then moved to a role as TPD with the Torbay VTS, then more recently worked with the new ARRS team as a PCN Clinical Director.

    When I get down time, you'll probably find me with a pair of running shoes on exploring Dartmoor or the South West Coastal path.

  • Helen Rochester

    Director
    Hello, my name is Dr Helen Rochester. I qualified from The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2001. I have been working as a GP in Devon since 2006.

    I enjoy being a medical generalist, treating patients' wide variety of medical problems in the community.

    I have gained additional qualifications in community family planning, diabetes, clinical education and leadership. I am an Associate Postgraduate GP Dean and Training programme Director for Health Education England South and am part of a team reponsible for organising GP training across the South West.

  • Amanda Scott

    Office PA Manager
    I joined Devon Training Hub in May 2023 as PA/Office Manager and have previously worked as a Senior PA for many years in both the Private & Public sectors for a number of different industries including Aviation, Food & Drink and NHS Organisations.

    I am Plymouth ‘born and bred’ and have lived and worked in both Devon & Cornwall but have recently returned to my home town of Plymouth. I enjoy cooking, walking and crafting in my spare time.

    My role within Devon Training Hub is supporting the Directors (Jane & Helen) and the Senior Team which includes Diary Management, Organising and Facilitating Meetings & Events and I also look after Facilities and HR.

  • Jo Sutton

    Programme Manager – Nursing
    I joined the Devon Training Hub in March 2021, having spent most of my career working with Primary Care as a District Nurse, in clinical practice, management and nurse education.

    I live in West Somerset with my family.

    My role involves supporting workstreams relating to General Practice Nurses and Nursing Associates . This includes promoting the value of Nursing Associates within Primary Care to PCNs and Practices and providing practical support in relation to entry criteria, application processes, professional support requirements and funding opportunities. I also support the professional development of General Practice Nurses through the GPN pipeline and New to Practice Fellowship. I can also advise on apprenticeship funding.

  • Sarah Stapleton

    Programme Delivery Manager (Non-Clinical) & Education Facilitator
    I joined the training hub in June 2018 as an Education Facilitator (non-clinical) advancing on to being Programme Delivery Manager (Non-clinical) in April 2023. Previous employment – 27 years in GP practice undertaking a variety of roles, the last 12 years of which were in Practice Management.

    Although Yorkshire born and bred, I have made Devon my home and live with my husband in rural Mid Devon. I play darts, love my garden & enjoying spending time with family and friends.

    My role within the Training Hub is two-fold:

    - Planning and Delivery of non-clinical education programmes
    - Exploring new opportunities for non-clinical training which includes such things as offers for PCN’s and development of both a “Devon Way” apprenticeship programme along with an Induction Programme.

  • Dr Hannah Claxton

    New to Practice Fellowship GP Lead
    BSc Clin Med Public Health (2011, University of Glasgow), MBChB (2013, University of Glasgow), MRCGP 2021. I have worked with DTH since I qualified as a GP in 2021.

    I completed a 12 month GP Educator Fellowship developing PCNs as multiprofessional learning environments and subsequently took on the role of GP Lead for the New to Practice Fellowship, running our programme of education and support for newly qualified GPs in substantive posts across Devon.

    I also work as a Training Programme Director for the Exeter and East Devon VTS supporting GP trainees, and am a GP Partner at St Thomas Medical Group in Exeter.

    I live in East Devon, and enjoy juggling my busy career challenges with my young family and dog, as well as slowly renovating our old (but characterful) house!

  • Natu Finau

    Programme Administrator
    I joined Devon Training Hub in July 2023 as a Programme Administrator for the General Practice Nurse Pipeline and the New to Practice Fellowship Programme.

    I was born and raised in New Zealand; however, I’ve also lived in Japan, Australia and now the UK. I’ve previously worked in Education, Customer Service and Administration. Outside of the office, I love to go wild swimming, camping and travelling with my partner.

    My role within Devon Training Hub is to provide support to the Programme Team in the form of helping with applications, queries and coordinating events etc.

  • Izzy Deacon

    Programme Coordinator
    I joined Devon Training Hub in October 2023 as a Programme Coordinator and have previously worked as a Business Support Administrator, Recruitment Consultant and an Estate Agent.

    I have lived in Devon since 2015, after relocating from Hampshire. I have a young son and when I am not at work, I enjoy days out with my family and going on long walks.

    My role within Devon Training Hub is to provide assistance to the DTH Team, in particular the Programme Managers in supporting various workstreams and programmes. These include Health Inequalities, ED&I, IMG and General DTH Fellows. I have experience of working with Xero and I also support the CEO with the finance side of the operation.

  • Emma Barnett

    Programme Coordinator
    I joined Devon Training hub in October 2023 as a Programme Coordinator and I have been working as an administrator within the training industry for the last 3 years within Management Information Systems.

    I live in Plymouth and in my free time I love to spend time with my dogs, family and friends.
    My role within Devon Training Hub is to provide assistance to the DTH Team, in particular the Programme Managers in supporting various workstreams and programmes. These include Mid Career GP Programme, Learning Organisation Approval and the Re-connect Programme . I am also responsible for maintaining and updating the DTH website and other social media/IT platforms.

  • Stacey Owen

    Project Worker
    I became a part of the Devon Training Hub team in April 2021 and worked on the CPEP project from its conception, helping to create and develop the Collaborative Supervision Model and set up new Approved Placement Providers in Social Care.

    I am currently co-leading on the Paramedic Placements Project which involves piloting paramedic placements in new service settings that have not previously hosted paramedic students. I am supporting the services and universities across the region to create and develop innovative new placements, ensuring these are positive and conducive placements for all involved.

    Prior to this role I was a CQC Registered House Manager for 11years working in a Learning Disability/Complex Needs Service in Plymouth. I was the lead for workforce training/development and I am passionate about developing and supporting motivated and empowered individuals and teams.

    In my spare time, when I get some as I have two small children, I enjoy sewing, relaxing in the garden and spending time with family.

  • Daniel Korn

    GP Education lead
    Daniel Korn BMBS, MRCGP, DTMH, DRCOG, Dip Pall Med, PGCE. I have been working with DTH since 2019, first as a fellow and then in my current role since 2021.

    Prior to my GP training in Plymouth, I worked in Southern Africa in variety of roles. Currently I work as a salaried GP in inner city Plymouth and for St Luke's hospice as a speciality doctor and undertake other educational roles in the University and regional GP training schemes. I live with my young family just outside Plymouth and enjoy tennis, the outdoors and travelling to far-flung places when time and little people allow. My main workstreams in DTH involve Health Inequalities and Equality, diversity and inclusion. I look at ways to support training and education for the emerging and current primary care workforce to deliver care to some of our most vulnerable and marginalised communities in Devon.

  • Niamh McCabe

    Paramedic Project Worker
    I joined Devon Training Hub in April 2023 working on the Student Paramedic Placement Project which involves developing, scoping, and testing new placements within a range of different services.

    I have been a qualified paramedic for 3 years and alongside working with Devon Training Hub, I work for South Western Ambulance Service in Plymouth. I moved to the South West 6 years ago and enjoy exploring the South Coast and Dartmoor with my dog, Ned the Labrador.

  • Rowan Griffiths

    Advanced Practice Lead
    I have join the Devon Training Hub team in late 2023, to lead on Advanced Practice. Coming from a traditional Paramedic background, I now continue to work in Primary Care in Plymouth.

    I have spent many years working alongside AHPs and APs from a multitude of professional backgrounds and look forward to supporting those in, or aspiring to, Advanced Practice with visible leadership, practice support and development.

  • Kerry Evans

    Allied Health Professional Lead
    Kerry Evans First Contact Practitioner Podiatrist for Plymouth Sound, BSc Hons MRCPod, worked as a specialist podiatrist in tissue viability, wound care and diabetes.

    I have been in my role at Devon Training Hub for over a year now and have provided mentoring and training in various roles to AHPs. I enjoy being outdoors, my favourite place is the beach! I also enjoy meditation and yoga. I support AHP’s in primary care with their training and education needs. I am currently responsible for Advanced Practice and Non-Medical Prescribing lead.

    My main working day is a Wednesday and will pick up communications at other times during the week where possible.

  • Dr Daisy Robinson

    GP Retention Lead
    BMBS (Nottingham, 2008), mRCGP (2016). I’ve worked at Devon Training Hub since 2018, initially as a Workforce Development Fellow before joining the GP education team. I am a GP Partner in a semi-rural practice in Mid Devon and hold portfolio roles in education including as a small group facilitator at Exeter Medical School and as a GP Mentor to newly qualified GPs.

    I live near Exeter with my husband and two children and enjoy spending time outside on the Moor whenever I can. Since joining DTH I have supported delivery of various workstreams including the Transition to Primary Care programme, Lunch & Learn events to support ARRS recruitment and integration, and setting up the DTH Problem Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) scheme to facilitate small group education & multi-professional supervision for Primary Care Networks. I have recently taken on a new role as GP Retention Lead, a part of which I am developing a programme of CPD events and mentoring for GPs who are on a short career break from clinical practice. Wednesday is my main DTH day but I work flexibly across the week.

  • Joyce Pickering

    NTPF Nurse Programme Lead
    I joined Devon Training Hub in October 2023 as the New to Practice Fellowship nurse lead. I have been a practice nurse for 20 Years and am currently a Nurse Partner in a busy town practice within South Devon, as well as having just completed my master’s degree in clinical education.

    In my free time, I enjoy walking my energetic spaniels Isla and Ollie, baking cakes and I have recently started to crochet. My role within Devon Training Hub will be to provide development and educational opportunities to meet the current and evolving challenges in primary care and ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care from appropriately skilled General Practice nurses.

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