Meet the Mentors – Mentor Biographies

Dr Fiona Allen

I qualified from QUB in 1987 and have been a GP for the last 24 years.
In that time I have worked as a sessional GP, a GP retainer, a GP principal  and currently as a part-time salaried GP in a rural practice.
I have been a GP appraiser since the introduction of appraisal (about 16 years ago) and during that time I was the regional appraisal coordinator for four years before resuming my role as an appraiser in the last eighteen months.

I enjoy being an appraiser most when I can help GPs realise they are doing a good job and support them in times of difficulty.
In the current climate GPs require more support than ever. I see the development of mentoring for GPs as a positive step and would feel privileged to be able to provide guidance and support for colleagues through this role. 

Dr Derval Dolan

I am a GP principal in Derry and have worked there for over 25 years. I am also a GP trainer and have been a programme director in the West since August 2003.I have been responsible for the training of many local western GPs and subsequently have a lot of experience in issues surrounding young GPs starting off in partnerships.

I am an undergraduate teacher for QUB medical students and I also teach the Masters in Medical Education for QUB.

Dr Susan Buchanan

I am a sessional GP in the Southern trust and also work in OOH and as an GP appraiser. I am from Scotland and studied at the University of Glasgow. I competed my VTS in 2008 and am acutely aware of the rapid changes which have taken place in the working lives of GPs over recent years.
As the demands and expectations of our profession escalate it can be difficult at times not to succumb to overwhelm. External pressures or changes in personal circumstance can also make our working lives more challenging.

In my role as a mentor I hope to help other GPs enhance their natural resilience, resist maladaptive coping mechanisms and reframe how we see ourselves and our role. My interests include personality and how it affects our practice and the relationship between medicine and he humanities.

Dr Susan Crawford

I have been a full time partner in Ballymena for the past 3 yrs and was a part- time partner prior to that for 7 years . I am also a trainer and a keen advocate of HIIT . I fully appreciate how general practice has changed over that time and I can see the increased pressures facing the frontline providers as we endeavour to provide 24/7 cover 365 days a year . I therefore feel very strongly that the way we work also needs to change and we do need to develop resilience to the stressors that contribute to GP burnout and protect ourselves. In essence we need to be kind to our patients and kind to ourselves.

Dr Anne Doherty

I have been a GP partner in a large inner city practice for 33 years. During this time I managed to combine motherhood with practice .I became a GP trainer in 2003 and completed the Masters in Medical Education in 2007. I enjoyed the experience of studying and working with younger doctors. I was awarded the RCGP patient nominated award in the same year
In 2015 I became a GP appraiser and this experience highlighted the need for some other supportive role for doctors. I now work part time in the same practice and still enjoy my work.

Dr Fergus Donaghy

After thirty years as a Principal, an Educator and Business Manager in General Practice, I now fully appreciate that every step has been a privilege and a joy. Never once was I bored or under-challenged but I admit there were times when I was nearly overwhelmed! I’m now part-time and would enjoy sharing the various insights I have gained from the varied scenarios I have encountered.

Dr Jenny Gibson

I am a sessional GP in the Northern area and I also work as a GP appraiser. I qualified from QUB in 1994 and have previously worked as a GP partner and trainer. In my career I have had to navigate many challenges and the support of my peers has been invaluable. I am passionate that as GPs we should have access to professional support and encouragement.
I’m a mum to teenagers (always challenging!) and I love reading, cooking and walks on the North Coast with my husband and our dog.

Dr Stephen Harte

I am a GP who is also an executive leadership coach recommended by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.  Particular areas of interest include: managing career transitions, dealing with conflict in teams, work place culture, time management, wellbeing and burnout, career planning, & personal leadership development. My portfolio career includes sessional GP work, being an appraiser, GP specialty training, undergraduate medical education, tropical medicine and overseas volunteer work. I love football, gigs, and travel!

Dr Dan Hayes

I have been a full time GP partner and GP trainer in Bangor for over 10 years. I am still happy going to work most days.  I believe in General Practice at its best, as a noble profession and a powerful force for good in our society. I believe in mentoring as a way of empowering, equipping and supporting one another as we journey through a career that is not without its challenges. Aside from training, my interest is in palliative care, playing a role in helping people to die well at home. Away from work what keeps me sane is time with family, walking my dog and riding my bike.

Dr Philip Lusty

I am a GP Partner (7 session) in Riverside Practice Portadown where I am Governance Lead and GP Trainer for the practice. My other main role is as a part time medical adviser for Department of Integrated Care covering the Northern area mainly, but also involved in various regional projects. My current interests are GP training and as an enthusiast for improvement and innovation I am actively involved in the Q community. I have been an active member of RCGP post GP training and currently I serve as Southern Area Representative.

Throughout my career I haveI appreciated the care and support of experienced GPs through my active involvement of RCGP in Northern Ireland as well as LMC, GPC and HSCB colleagues, having been a strong advocate for patients and for putting patients and General Practice first. To avoid any conflict of interest with my role as a medical adviser I will avoid mentoring anyone who either themselves or their work organisation has potential to be involved where regulatory or professional concerns could be considered.

Dr Katharine Marshall

I qualified from QUB in 1984, have been a GP partner in Armagh since 1988 & a GP trainer for 26 years. I have a broad perspective on all aspects of being a General Practitioner and its ups and downs. I feel privileged & derive benefit from being involved in GP training and hope I can offer support to colleagues beyond training, through mentoring.

Dr Zara Mayne 

I am a portfolio GP, currently working as a GP locum in Belfast and the Northern area and also in GP Out of Hours, as a GP appraiser, a medical member on benefit appeals tribunal panels, and more recently as an examiner for QUB OSCEs. A Queen’s University graduate I completed my GP training in 2006, and have been a GP partner in two practices and have worked in a temporary post as a HSCB medical adviser.

I have a wide range of experience in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles and a particular interest in supporting the development of portfolio GP careers. I value being approachable and empathic in my clinical work and other roles.

Dr Amanda McCollum

I have been a part-time GP partner in Cloughmills, since 2003, prior to this I was a full-time GP locum for five years. I have been actively involved with supervising GP trainees for several years. I also train undergraduate medical students from QUB. The ever changing model of NHS care, and General Practice in particular, has given me insight into the demands and strains on all of us

Dr Jenny McCollum

I am a GP Partner in the Northern Trust and also work in OOH. I am involved in medical education as a QUB medical student tutor, OOH clinical supervisor and GP Trainer. My particular areas of interest include women’s health, palliative care and diabetes. My career to date has provided me with an understanding of the challenges GPs currently face. In my role as a GP mentor I hope to use my experience to benefit others.

Dr Martina Molloy

I am a full time GP. I work in a large, urban practice in Derry City. I graduated from Queens in 1999 and completed my GP training in 2003. I locumed in and around the Derry area for 5 years before settling down in my partnership. I have postgrad diplomas in O&G, Family planning and Dermatology.

I offer family planning services and minor surgery in my practice. I do regular out of hours work.

In 2011 I became a GP trainer and enjoy this part of my job immensely. I have been GP representative on the Western ICP partnership since 2012. I was also Dermatology clinical lead for the West from July 2017 until the post finished in November 2018.

On a personal level, I married in 2005 and have 3 kids- one girl and two boys and a German shepherd called Max.

Dr Paul Molloy

A GP for 20 years, I’ve been involved in teaching and training for all that time. I am western LMC Secretary at present which involves helping individual Drs and practices. I have been involved in Commissioning, ICPs, and with the Royal College. I engage weekly with colleagues in the Department and Board. One of my area of interests would be developing networks of support for Drs. This led me to create the Facebook pages “GP Survival Northern Ireland” and “Interface support group Northern Ireland”. It’s very important that we introduce mentoring as a non-judgmental learning tool for mentors and mentees.

Dr Mark Quinn

I have been a GP in Limavady for the past 25 years and I am also an ANP trainer. I have experienced most of the downs and downs in that time so hope I could lend an ear. Interests include most sport especially golf, Irish and Ulster rugby, Man United and all things Equine as well as a wee bit of art, food, wine and craic.

Dr Anne Marie Ryan

I have recently left a partnership after 13 years to pursue a more flexible career as a portfolio GP. I currently work as a sessional GP, cover OOH and I am also an appraiser. Life as a GP can be very isolating with little support available and I therefore feel mentoring will be a valuable resource to help those struggling to make decisions about their future career.

Dr Barbara Savage

I qualified from Queens in 2000 and having previously worked as a salaried GP and as a GP partner, I am currently a sessional GP in the Northern area. I am also a GP appraiser, a medical adviser for the HSCB and a medical manager for the Southern Trust. Through my various roles, I have gained some understanding of the range of challenges facing GPs and developed an interest in GP welfare. I have been fortunate to have had informal mentoring from colleagues at certain times throughout my career and this has been of great value to me. Hence, I welcome the mentoring programme and hope that this will be of benefit within the GP profession. In my spare time, I like to spend time with family and especially enjoy outdoor activities.

Dr Michelle Stone

I have been a GP partner in Whitehead now for twenty five years. I am involved in GP education through being a trainer, and working in NIMDTA. I have also been an appraiser in the past. As GPs we sometimes all need some professional support.

Dr Turlough Tracey

I have been a GP in the same practice for 25 years this year. I have been a trainer for the past 17 years I am involved in the mentor program because I recognise the pressures on doctors .

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