Meet the Team
Dr Penny Morris
GP Partner, MBChB MRCGP BSc DRCOG FPC
Dr Morris undertakes Family Planning inc Coils & Implants, Palliative Care, and is also our Lead for Women's Health and the Practice Nursing Team. Dr Morris is the Medical Director for Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dr Mammen Ninan
GP Partner, MBBS MRCP MRCGP DRCOG
Dr Ninan is a GP with Special Interest in Cardiology and holds his clinics here. He also undertakes Minor Surgery inc. steroid injections and ingrowing toenail removal. Dr Ninan is also a Medical Undergraduate & Postgraduate Trainer. Dr Ninan is also GP Clinical Lead for Stroke Prevention for Lancashire & South Cumbria.
Dr Mohammed Umer
GP Partner, MBChB BSc MRCGP DROG
Dr Umer has an interest in Palliative Care. He is also Chair of Local Primary Care (Federation of general practices in Blackburn with Darwen).
Dr Jane Killalea
GP Partner MBChB MRCGP
Dr Killalea graduated from Liverpool University in 2005 and completed my GP training in Merseyside in 2010. She joined the practice in 2014 and have interests in child health surveillance and women's health.
Dr Qashuf Hussain
GP Partner, MBChB BSc
Dr Hussain started off at the practice as our long term locum GP covering maternity leave and then became a salaried GP before joining the partnership. He works at the practice 4 days a week. He is our Undergraduate Training Lead.
Dr Safwaan Hafez
GP Partner MB ChB 2011
Dr Hafez joined the practice in March 2019 and became GP Partner October 2019. He is our Medicines Lead, Complaints Lead, Audits Clinical Workflow and is also an FY2 Trainer. He works at the practice 4 days a week.
Dr Akram Alzamani
MD (Doctor of Medicine) MRCGP
Dr Alzamani graduated from medical school in 2002 and started practising in NHS from 2011 first with Acute care (A & E) experience followed by GP training in Bolton. Her interests are mental health and child health; Dr Alzamani is planning to expand her skills and knowledge in managing diabetes and skin diseases.
Dr Ouzmah Shafiq
Dr O Shafiq is a GPST3 at Darwen Healthcare and expect to qualify as a GP in October 2020, she studied Medicine from Imperial College, London. Her General Practice speciality interests include Women’s and Child Health and previously completed Obstetrics and Gynaecology within the hospital setting.
Dr Lewis Palmer
Dr Palmer is our Foundation Year 1 (FY1) Doctor. Lewis is with the practice for 2 years.
Dr Moneeb Afiz
I am a Foundation Junior Doctor and currently completing a 4 month placement with Darwen Healthcare.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Debbie is our Advanced Nurse Practitioner and is also a 'Queen's Nurse'. Debbie works alongside our GPs in our on the day surgeries. Debbie is our Respiratory Lead, under takes Minor Surgery, Contraceptive Implant Clinics and Cervical Screening. Debbie is a mentor and Sign Off Mentor for Student Nurses.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Julia is our Advanced Nurse Practitioner and works alongside our GPs in our on the day surgeries. Julia does home visits most mornings. Julia also sees patients with Chronic Diseases and is a mentor and Sign Off Mentor for Student Nurses and holds a Practice Teacher qualification.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Claire qualified as an RGN in 1988 in Manchester. Claire then went to work in Perthshire, Scotland where she worked in A & E for 10 years. Claire moved back to Manchester to pursue a career in Practice Nursing where she gained experience in all aspects of the role. In 2007 Claire qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner at the University of Lancaster, which gave her a lot more autonomy in within the role. Claire has worked in a variety of GP surgeries gaining knowledge on a wide variety of chronic and acute illnesses, being able to diagnose and prescribe for the conditions. Claire moved to Darwen Healthcare in 2019 where she is excited to continue to develop her career with the team.
Neil is currently our only Physician Associate. He works alongside GP’s to provide medical care and can assess, manage and treat patients of all ages with a variety of conditions. Neil carries out physical examinations, undertakes residential, nursing and home visits as well as reviewing, analysing and acting on diagnostic test results. Neil works autonomously through the guidance of his medical supervisor.
Simon recently joined Darwen Healthcare as a Paramedic practitioner seeing patients in clinic, and doing home visits. Previously to this Simon has spent 15 years registered as a HCPC Paramedic with North West Ambulance service and has 19 years altogether experience working on an Emergency Ambulance. With range of clinical skills from basic observations to 12 lead ECG interpretation, cannulation to intubation, trauma management, emergency medical presentations, acute exacerbation of chronic conditions.
Senior Clinical Pharmacist
Zeeshan is the Senior Clinical Pharmacist based at Darwen Health Centre and is the Senior Clinical Pharmacist for the Blackburn With Darwen locality. He has been working in general practice for the last 3 years and is an independent prescriber. His roles include general medication reviews, hypertension reviews, contraceptive pill reviews, dealing with medication queries, seeing patients for minor ailments, action medical mail such as hospital discharge letters, re-authorising repeat prescriptions and processing acute medication requests.
David is the latest addition to our team and is the second Physician Associate to join the practice. He has spent many years working in the Emergency Department dealing with Adult and Paediatric presentations, both as a Charge Nurse and as a Physician Associate. As a military Veteran himself, David has a special interest in supporting the serving and veteran community in line with the NHS Armed Forces Covenant
Katrina sees patients in clinic for Chronic Diseases such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, CKD, Childhood Vaccinations, Travel Immunisations and Cervical Screening. Katrina is also a mentor for Student Nurses.
Raesa holds Childhood Vaccination Clinics, Travel Vaccinations, Diabetes, Cervical Screening Clinics and NHS Health Checks. Raesa is also a mentor for Student Nurses.
Sarah sees patients in clinic for Chronic Diseases such as Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, CKD, Childhood Vaccinations, Travel Immunisations and Cervical Screening.
Jenny holds Childhood Vaccination Clinics, Travel Vaccinations, Diabetes, Cervical Screening Clinics and NHS Health Checks.
Assistant Practitioners & Health Care Assistants
Maria is an Assistant Practitioner and holds clinics for Phlebotomy, Blood Pressures, Well Person Clinics, CKD monitoring, Asthma, COPD, Pre- Diabetes & Diabetes Clinics and Learning Disability.
Terri is a Trainee Assistant Practitioner and hold clinics for Phlebotomy, Blood Pressures, Well Person Clinics, CKD monitoring, Asthma, COPD, Pre- Diabetes & Diabetes Clinics and completes weekly chronic disease home visits for house bound and care/nursing home patients.
Gulnaz is a Healthcare Assistant and hold clinics for for Phlebotomy, Blood Pressures, Well Person Clinics, CKD monitoring, Pre- Diabetes and weight management
Viv is one of our Senior Receptionists and is responsible for ensuring that the reception runs smoothly throughout the day and can be contacted on 01252 226691.
Debbie is one of our Senior Receptionists and is responsible for ensuring that the reception runs smoothly throughout the day and can be contacted on 01254 226691.
Sarah is the Prescription Team Administrator
Practice Business Manager
Ann Neville is our Practice Business Manager and has worked at the practice since August 2013 starting in post as our Customer Service Manager and promoted to Practice Manager in December 2014 and Business Manager in 2018. Ann has many years experience in Management and has worked in several areas of the NHS including GP Practice, Physiotherapy, Cancer Services and within a Hospice setting. Ann is responsible for the smooth running of the practice and is here to assist you should you have any queries or comments regarding administration or non clinical aspects of your care. Ann can be contacted via reception on 01254 226691 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Patient Engagement Lead
Medical Secretary & Reception
Note Summariser and Data Protection Officer