Practice Nurses

Lisa Callaghan

RGN (Sheffield 2000)

Head of Nursing Royal Primary Care, Lead Nurse for Royal Primary Care Chesterfield.

I graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2000. I began my career in secondary care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, working in a variety of clinical settings; these include A/E, Rheumatology, Vascular, Respiratory, Endocrinology and Cardiology. I became a ward sister in 2004. In 2009 I moved to general practice and took on the role of Practice Nurse at a very busy village surgery in Chesterfield, I loved it from day one. Patient care is my top priority, the biggest draw for me in primary care is the time and level of patient care that I can provide.

I graduated from the University Of Derby as an Independent Nurse Prescriber in 2016 and use this qualification enormously to the benefit of my patients and my colleagues.

I joined the excellent team at Royal Primary Care in January 2018 and was appointed as Head of Nursing in April 2018.

Loren Wilson-Higham

Lead Nurse at Royal Primary Care North-West

Works Monday - Friday at Ashgate, Holme Hall and Whittington

I completed my nurse training with Derby University in 2013, where I started my nursing journey on an acute respiratory medical ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. I gained a lot of medical experience during my time on this ward such as; emergency care, managing chronic respiratory patients and other co-morbidities, Non- invasive ventilation and blood gas monitoring, end of life care and supporting patients and families during their most vulnerable times. In 2016 I was ready for a new challenge where I applied for a job in Primary Care and became a Practice Nurse. I completed the DMU Practice Nurse Degree alongside the Cytology course in 2017 and since then I have completed the COPD Diploma. Since merging with RPC I have recently been appointed the Lead Nurse role at North West.

I have a specific interest in Respiratory as this is my background; I enjoy my role in supporting patients to manage their long-term conditions, cytology, immunisations and contraception are also areas of interest. The beauty of Practice Nursing is the level of care you can provide for your patients on a 1:1 basis and the rapport you can build with them during their consultations. I currently work at Holmehall, Whittington and Ashgate surgeries Monday-Friday and I have a non-clinical day on Wednesdays. I continue to learn new areas within my role and I am passionate about safe patient care and a great level of team work.

Lorraine Rimington

Completed Registered General Nurse training with North Derbyshire School of Nursing in July 1990

Worked in theatre recovery and Trauma Orthopaedics as a staff nurse

Worked on nights covering medical, surgical, orthopaedic , care of Elderly wards plus Coronary Care and A+E

Became a Practice Nurse in July 1996 at High Street Medical Centre, which moved to Rectory Road in 2001

Completed diplomas in diabetes, asthma, allergy care, contraception and sexual health, cervical screening

Completed diabetes Merit course for initiating insulin

Completed immunisation training

Qualified as a non-medical Independent prescriber in 2017

Currently working between Rectory Road and Inkersall surgeries, plus Saturday mornings at Grange

Michelle Franklin

RN 2010

Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (Adult) 2010 BA (Hons) Professional Practice (Adult Nursing) 2011 Independent Nurse Prescriber 2018 all Sheffield Hallam University. PG Cert Practice Nursing 2020 DeMontfort University

Works Monday - Friday at Grangewood

Before training to be a registered nurse I worked providing home care in the community for a short while before moving to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield to work as a Health Care Assistant on a busy surgical ward. It was doing this that inspired me to do my nurse training and I qualified as an adult nurse in 2010. I therefore have 16 years of experience working in the healthcare sector. Upon qualifying I obtained a staff nurse post on the inpatient renal unit at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield where I worked for 9 years in total looking after patients with acute and chronic kidney disease needing dialysis treatment. I worked 6 months at Nottingham City Hospital as a deputy ward sister on their renal ward before coming back to Sheffield and promoted to sister on the outpatient dialysis unit. I worked here and on the inpatient ward as a ward sister for 2 years before making the move to primary care in 2019. This post has given me extensive experience in chronic kidney disease and nephrology, a speciality I am still greatly interested in, along with lots of other conditions that are involved in the management of renal disease, such as diabetes and hypertension management.

I was lucky enough to do my independent nurse prescribing qualification at Masters level in 2018.

I made the move to primary care in 2019 for a new challenge in my career and an opportunity to use my prescribing qualification to a greater extent and broaden my knowledge. I have just passed the PG Cert in Practice Nursing which has given me a great foundation of primary care knowledge along with the new skills I need for this role such a cervical screening and vaccinations/immunisations.

Clare Marven

I began my nurse training in 2008 at Derby University. On qualifying in 2011, I went into a dementia specialist nursing home, were I also worked as a care assistant for many years. I was offered a staff nurse position at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on qualifying but I felt that the hospital environment was not were I wanted to be.

In 2016 I was given the opportunity to train to become a practice nurse. During this time I gained experience in cervical cytology, Immunisations, long-term conditions and anticoagulation monitoring and also improved on my time management and people skills.

During the last few years I have been a volunteer for Chesterfield Police and have also spent some time with the East Midlands ambulance Service allowing me to gain insight into how emergency situations are dealt with effectively.

In 2017 I was given the opportunity to join the Royal Primary Care team and haven't looked back. I am now looking to the future within the RPC and am interested in becoming a nurse prescriber and to become more specialised in long-term conditions.

Hayley Burke

I completed my Nursing degree with the University of Derby in 2015.

I started my Nursing career within a District nursing team and gained a wealth of knowledge and experience including diabetic care, wound management and end of life care.

I am very passionate about nursing and enjoy teaching and supporting others and completed my mentorship course in 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Community nurse however Practice nursing was always a great interest to me.

This year I was lucky enough to join the team at Royal Primary care as a Practice Nurse.

I have a keen interest in Diabetes and Women's Health and will be undertaking further studies in the near future to maximise my knowledge and be able to give the best care to my patients.

Cassie Hayward

Works Monday to Thursday at Inkersall & Staveley
I started my career in the NHS in 2007 after completing a health and social care course at Chesterfield College. I started as a health care assistant in learning disability services.
In 2009 I commenced my nurse training at the University of Derby. Since qualifying in 2012, I have worked in various areas including a stroke unit, school age vaccination team, A&E and now practice nursing. I have completed additional training along the way, some including advanced life support, mentorship and the general practice nurse degree.
I've had a break to have my second child, but plan to work my way through the various long term condition courses and non medical prescribing. I love being a nurse. In particular, the positive impact that we can have on people's lives. 

Maggie Shannon

Works Tuesdays and Thursdays at Ashgate

I qualified as a nurse in 2013 at the University of Nottingham. I started my career working in Secondary care on the Emergency Assessment Unit at Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield. I worked there for 3 years and gained a lot of experience in a vast variety of acute medical conditions and emergency care, during which time I also became a Deputy Sister on the unit.

I was passionate to develop my knowledge in Primary care and Chronic disease management and therefore in 2016 I applied for a job in Practice Nursing at Ashgate. I completed the Practice Nurse post graduate Diploma at De Montfort University and cytology training in 2017 and I have since continued to develop my knowledge and skills.

Patient centred care is my top priority and one of the things I love most about being a Practice Nurse is that I can build a rapport with patients and offer them continuity of care.

I continue to have a passion to develop my skills as a practice nurse and I have a keen interest in Diabetes, Women's health and Immunisations. I am hoping to commence a degree course in Enhancing Diabetes Care in the near future. Following on from this I would like to be able to develop knowledge in COPD management and complete my non-medical prescribing.

Holly Gray

Works Monday to Friday at Ashgate, Whittington and Holme Hall

I qualified as a nurse in 2015 at the University of Manchester, where I started my career in secondary care on a renal medical ward. I gained a lot of medical experience around long term conditions. I also have additional experience in respiratory, urology, renal transplantation and dialysis and have completed additional training such as the mentorship course and basic life support.

In 2020 I was ready for a new challenge and to take my career in a new direction which is when I applied for a Practice Nurse post through the DeMontford University where I completed by Masters in General Practice and my cytology sample taking course. I am very passionate within my role and thoroughly enjoy caring for patients.  

I have a keen interest in Diabetes and Women’s health but also really enjoy immunisations and hypertension management. I am currently doing a degree course for Enhancing Diabetes Care and plan to complete an asthma course and my non medical prescribing in the not so distant future. 

Jessica Bailey

Works Monday to Friday at Rectory Road and Inkersall surgeries  

I started my career in 2018 at Rotherham General Hospital following qualifying from the University of Derby as an Adult Nurse. I worked here for a year on the acute medical unit, following this I spent a year as a community nurse in Rotherham.  

In 2020 I was lucky enough to join the General Practice Nurse Training Scheme and secure a training position at Royal Primary Care and have enjoyed working here ever since. I completed the Masters Certificate in general practice nursing and also completed my cytology sample taking course. Following this I completed a short course in COPD management and have found a particular interest in managing respiratory patients.  

My passion for practice nursing and caring for patients in the community continues to grow in the future I look forward to further developing my knowledge and understanding in all of the long term conditions we manage in primary care and completing my prescribing qualification.  


Ebby Chanzu

A Registered Community Health Nurse, with qualifications in midwifery, community health and general nursing.

I have worked in various settings ie hospitals ,care of the elderly and district nursing - Areas I gained  experience , exposure and valuable transferable skills.

I Joined Royal Primary Care in 2018 and have achieved proficiency and competency in different fields of GPN. 

My  interest is in Diabetes  care and l recently achieved a degree In Diabetes management. 

I look forward to advance  my career in future. 

Natalie Stone