Woodlands Patient Participation Group are patient volunteers who meet at the surgery on a regular basis, their role as a group is to offer feedback on the patient perspective, improve communication and to influence decisions about which services are provided, also to offer practical support to the practice.
Woodlands Patient Participation Group Members
Sharon Leonard - Practice Manager
My name is Sharon Leonard and I am the Practice Manager at Woodlands Family Medical Centre. I came into post at Woodlands on 1st October 2013, following the retirement of Sue Browne. My employment background is purely NHS Primary Care (General Practice), apart from a two year post at a private hospital, working as Primary Care Manager, liaising with GP's and Practice Managers all over the North East.
I have spent over 20 years in Practice Management and over 10 years working in the Primary Care Trust, so I have extensive knowledge and experience of General Practice.
I'm very proactive in the practice, so please don't hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can help with.
Brenda Brackenbury - Deputy Manager
I am Deputy Practice Manager for Woodlands Family Medical Centre. I first came to Woodlands through a placement on behalf of a 'Women's Skills Course' in May 1990. I had previously been 'at home' looking after my children but with various part-time jobs.
After completing the placement of 8 weeks, I was offered a permanent post for which I, obviously, accepted. I started as a receptionist and then progressed to 'other roles' within the Practice and eventually was offered the role of Deputy Practice Manager.
Michelle Marshall - Deputy Manager
I have recently been given the role of Deputy Practice Manager which I job share with Brenda Brackenbury. I started my employment with Woodlands Family Medical Centre in January 2003 on a fixed term contract as a Medical Summariser, but in July 2003 I was offered permanent employment as part of the administration team. I then progressed to Administration Supervisor before progressing to my current role. Prior to working at Woodlands Family Medical Centre I worked for a surgery in Middlesbrough and before that as a Dental Nurse.
Doug - PPG Chairperson
I’m a born and bred Stocktonian, in fact this practice delivered me many many years ago. I attended Oxbridge infants, Holy Trinity junior and Stockton Grammar.
I worked in my chosen career for over 35 years, unfortunately in 2006 I was diagnosed with a serious health problem so when the opportunity of early retirement came along in 2008 I readily accepted.
In October 2011 I was fortunate enough to join the Woodlands Patient Participation Group when it was created. I had to resign in March 2014, due to personal reasons not connected to WPPG, but was fortunate to be able to return in October 2014. I‘m positive I can bring something to this group and assist it in its aims of not only maintaining but hopefully improving the already high standards of service offered at Woodlands FMC. email@example.com
Elizabeth - PPG Member
I was born in Stockton-on-Tees and I have been a patient at this doctors' practice all my life.
I started my working life in the offices of Ashmore Benson Pease then, on graduating I spent many years Teaching.
Now retired I still go into school voluntarily, I teach singing privately and conduct The Sydenham Singers mixed voice choir.
I am pleased to be a member of the PPG as I believe we can help to maintain the high standard of care on offer at woodlands.
Mike - PPG Member
I was born and brought up in the East Midlands, I am married, I have a son who has blessed us with a beautiful daughter in law and a wonderful grandson. Resident in Stockton for the last 10 years, which is when I register with Woodland FMC(2002). I have spent 20 years in education followed by a further 20 years working for the North East Ambulance Service.
I have retired from active service as a paramedic, I now work part time delivering training courses in emergency care ranging from; first aid at work for members of the public to training medics wishing to embark on a career in the ambulance service or progressing to working in the Off Shore Environment.
Ian - PPG Member
I am a carer for an adult with autism and severe learning difﬁculties and had a number of years experience working in the local community and nationally to improve provision for severely handicapped people.
I am interested in trying to improve health care for severely handicapped people and their carer's.
Also I would like to see a more person centred approach to healthcare.
I have been a registered Woodlands patient since 2002. I am a local translator and as such can assist the WPPG in reaching out to its Asian patients.
Dr Garg - PPG Clinical Representative)
I am pleased to be associated with the WPPG, my role is that of Clinical Representative.
Shirley - PPG Member
I was born and raised in county Durham. Have two daughters and four grandchildren.
My late husband was in the forces so I spent a number of years living and working abroad, however I have lived in Stockton for thirty years.
My career was mainly in the Public Sector focussing on HR and service improvement. Since retiring was involved with the LINK and currently help at a weekly drop in English class for refugees and visit a local residential home.
Geraldine - PPG Member
My family and I have been with this practice for many years. I have a background in health and social care having worked as a mental health nurse in the NHS and then in a number of social care settings. Before retiring I spent eleven years working in further education mainly with work based learners in care settings ensuring they had the skills to care well for the people they were supporting.
I especially care about the services and support available for individuals and their families when a person experiences long term life changing conditions. I hope I can contribute towards giving a patient's perspective on what makes an excellent and accessible Family Medical practice for all people using it.
Stella - PPG Member
I have lived in Stockton for over 50 years and have been registered with this practice for that time.
We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren all of whom live locally and use this practice.
I am now retired having worked as both a teacher and an administrator.
I hope that I can make a worthwhile contribution to the work of the PPG.