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The PHP Team

Management and Administration Team

Chief Executive Officer – Ms Lucy Warner

Lucy is Chief Executive of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme. 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.

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.


Director of Strategy & Services – Lynne Simpson


Lynne Simpson is the PHP Director of Strategy and Services and leads the development of the service.  Lynne has worked in the NHS and at the Department of Health for over 20 years, and at PHP for 4 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 PHP service and focuses on external service development including liaison with commissioners and provision of external care.


Operations Manager – Lucie Thorn


Lucie Thorn is our Operations Manager and is the primary contact point for all enquiries and referrals. Lucie has worked within the NHS for 10 years, in both clinical and non-clinical roles.

She manages the PHP service focusing on the day to day duties, ensuring that patient care is at the centre of what we do.

Her key responsibilities include compiling data on performance delivery and supporting funding developments, managing systems for patient care, improving quality through policies and protocols, and staff development and training. She is also leads operational budget management.


Administration Lead – Priscilla Owusu-Ansah

Priscilla Owusu-Ansah is a PHP Administrator, dealing with all enquiries and referrals coming into the PHP office. Priscilla is the chair of the Thursday MDT meetings. She handles appointments, letters and reports as well as day to day administrative duties.

Priscilla has a Bsc degree in Psychology and has had over 4 year’s administrative experience within the NHS.


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Administrator – Gavin Boyter

Gavin Boyter is a PHP Administrator, dealing with all enquiries and referrals coming into the PHP office. Gavin is the chair of the Monday MDT meetings. He handles appointments, letters and reports as well as day to day administrative duties. He has worked within the NHS for over twelve years with a particular focus on primary care.

Gavin is the author of the book “Downhill from Here”, to be published in Spring 2017 by Sandstone Press, about his experiences travelling from John O’Groats to Land’s End and the therapeutic benefits of long-distance running.


Clinical team

Medical Director – Dr Clare Gerada MBE FRCP FRCGP MRCPsych

Clare Gerada

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.


Clinical Director – Mr Richard Jones RMN MSc BSc MAREBT

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Richard is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Specialist Nurse and an Independent Prescriber. As well as seeing practitioner patients for Rational Emotive/ Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Richard also undertakes initial assessments alongside his case management role.

For the last 10 years Richard has been working as an RMN and has worked with people in the most acute stages of mental illness in a variety of different settings. He has also worked as a Lecturer/ Practitioner, and college tutor at King’s College London during this time. Prior to joining PHP, Richard worked as a Specialist Nurse Researcher at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He has a clinical background in early onset psychosis, psychiatric intensive care, forensic medium secure, as well as acute and general psychiatric in-patient care.

Richard’s areas of interest include clinical perfectionism, anxiety disorders, depression, shame, bi polar disorder, and psychosis.


Therapist – Sheila Jones

Sheila Jones

Sheila has over 20 years experience in Counselling, Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy combined and is a member of the Lincoln Clinic & Centre for Psychotherapy. She worked as a Student Counsellor and has extended her work with a wide variety of people from students to Counselling in a Dr’s surgery working in a Multi-disciplinary Team. Her experience extends among other things to working with those suffering with depression resulting from work and family related problems, to those struggling with eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems, bereavement, relationship problems, poor self-esteem and identity issues.

Sheila also works with other professional organisations in her capacity as a Therapist as well as working in private practice. She is a professional member of the British Psychoanalytical Council (BPC).


Psychiatrist – Dr James Anderson MA MB MChir MRCP MRCPsych DFP

Dr James Anderson

Dr James Anderson is a Consultant Psychiatrist working with PHP. Jame trained at Cambridge University and King’s College Hospital, London. He was a hospital physician before becoming a psychiatrist, he then trained in Forensic Psychiatry at The Maudsley. He was a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at The Bracton Centre Medium Secure Unit, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust from 1995 – 2011.


Apart from his current work at PHP he also teaches at the Institute of Psychiatry.


Psychiatrist – Dr Jane Marshall MRCPI FRCPsych


Dr Jane Marshall is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Addictions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). She trained at Trinity College Dublin, and did a medical rotation in Dublin before training in psychiatry at St Patrick’s Hospital in Dublin, and at Barts and the Maudsley in London. She has long experience of working with healthcare professionals with mental health and addiction problems and has also been a GMC Medical Supervisor and Examiner for many years. She has been the Royal College of Psychiatrists Health for Health Professionals lead and is a founding member of the College’s Psychiatrists’ Support Service.


Psychotherapist – Jahque Price-Rees MBACP Senior Accred, UKRCP Reg, MBACP Senior Accred Supervisor

Jahque Price Rees

Jahque is a specialist in working psychotherapeutically with complex mental health issues and dual diagnosis, and the correlation to varied psychopathology and abuse and deprivation.

As an Integrative therapist and supervisor she is versed in several models of therapy, most notably psychodynamic, humanistic, transpersonal psychology, and cognitive skills and practice. She has also trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy.

She worked for several years as a clinical lead in the addiction field where she managed and supervised clinical teams in residential, and outpatient treatment services. Since 1998 she has worked in private practice, and runs a clinical consultancy in Hampstead.


GP & Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Dr Claire Gallagher  MBBS BSc MRCGP Dip Occ Med Dip CBT


Claire has been a GP at PHP since 2011 and provides initial assessments, follow up appointments and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) interventions. Claire qualified from University College and Middlesex School of Medicine in 1989. After GP training in Portsmouth she then became a GP partner in Muswell Hill, North London for 7 years. She then lived abroad for 18 months and did CBT training and a Diploma of Occupational Medicine (via University of Manchester).

From 2005-2016 she combined GP work with working in a Regional Eating Disorders Unit providing CBT for people with Primary Eating Disorders and for the last 7 years she was the Clinical Lead for psychological assessments for Homerton Bariatric Service. In 2012 she completed a Diploma of CBT at Royal Holloway University of London.


MSc Addictions, BA Psychology, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Diploma in Counselling. – Rory O’Connor


Rory has worked for 40 years in mental health and addiction and has extensive experience in managing programmes for health professionals and veterinary surgeons with mental illness and addictive disorders.  Currently Clinical Advisor to NHS England who act as commissioners to the Practitioner Health Programme.




Psychiatrist – Dr Elinor Hynes MBBS MRCPsych

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Elinor did her undergraduate training at University College London and her Core Psychiatric training with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Elinor has been working in a combination of in-patient and community drug and alcohol services for the last year and a half. She has a particular interest in group psychotherapy and runs a weekly drop-in doctors group on a Thursday at PHP. She is also working with the Dragon Cafe in Borough, a mental health service user organisation who have started a project, Recreate Psychiatry which explores bringing creativity into psychiatry and the therapeutic relationship.

Currently she is also studying for her MA in Psychosocial studies at Birkbeck.


Forensic Psychiatrist – Dr Deborah Brooke

Deborah qualified at Guy’s, and trained in general practice in Nottingham, becoming interested in the problems of alcoholics. She trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley and at St George’s, undertaking research at the Institute of Psychiatry before joining Oxleas NHSFT in 1996 as a consultant forensic psychiatrist. She joined PHP in 2016.

Deborah has published research in both addictions and forensic psychiatry. She has previously been a medical examiner and supervisor for the General Medical Council fitness to practice procedures. In 2012, she became a fitness to practice panellist for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.


screenshot_2016-09-05-17-01-581Cognitive Behavioural Therapist – Mr Simon Lyne

Simon trained as a mental health nurse at King’s College London and is a highly skilled and competent mental health practitioner with extensive acute inpatient as well as community experience.

As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (currently provisionally accredited by the BABCP) he has been delivering individually tailored, formulation-driven CBT to children and adults with presenting problems ranging from depression and anxiety to psychosis and OCD.

He also has an interest in mindfulness and metacognitive therapy techniques.


General Practitioner – Dr Jenny Keen

Jenny is a GP who for 20 years has specialised in the treatment of people with addiction problems and related mental health issues. She trained at Guy’s and went on to become a GP partner in Sheffield, where for many years she headed up a GP led service for people with addiction problems. From 1999 to 2005 she was part of the addictions research unit at the Institute of Primary Care, University of Sheffield and published a number of research papers in the field. As a regional lead for the RCGP substance misuse unit she was involved in the development of training for GPs in the addictions and has trained many GPs, medical students and other professionals. She has also worked with government advisory bodies and more recently with SLAM and the National Addiction Centre in London. Before training as a doctor, Jenny studied modern languages at Oxford and social policy at LSE. In her spare time she is training to teach Iyengar yoga.