Helen Tait

Hospital Director

Helen has 11 years' experience in independent healthcare management, formerly working in business development and operational roles at The Midlands NHS Treatment Centre and Spire Leicester Hospital (formerly BUPA Hospitals). Helen began her career working for a distribution subsidiary of WHSmith, spending five years in marketing and account management roles in the news and book trades. This was followed by three and a half years as a national account manager for UniChem, working to develop the businesses of independent pharmacies and pharmacy groups.

Ben Gooding

Clinical Chair

Ben was appointed as a substantive Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Lead for Orthopaedics in November 2014. He was appointed as Clinical Chair of Circle Nottingham in January 2017.

His Fellowship training includes:

Nottingham Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship 2013.

Sheffield Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship 2013.

The Mayo Clinic and The Harvard Shoulder Institute, Boston USA – as the British Shoulder and Elbow Society Travelling Fellow 2012.
Australia, Southern Orthopaedics and the Syney Shoulder Institute – as the Malkin Travelling Fellow 2011.

He qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2003 and trained at the Nottingham University Hospitals, Derby Hospitals and Chesterfield Royal Hospital. He worked as Locum Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals for one year from November 2013.

Bruce Braithwaite

Clinical Lead Vascular, Respiratory, Pain Management, Ophthalmology and Diagnostic Imaging

Bruce has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. He has been a Consultant Surgeon since 2000 and has been a member of the Executive Board from the day the Nottingham Treatment Centre opened. He is the Caldicott Guardian for the Hospital and Chairs the Clinical Governance and Risk Management Committee. He is also the Clinical Lead for Respiratory and Vascular Services where he helps to develop the skills of staff in order to help them provide a great service to patients.

Martin Powell

Clinical Lead Gynaecology and Private Patients

Martin was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist in 1993 at University Hospital Nottingham. He has pioneered the development of minimal access surgery in his speciality. He was Clinical Director of the Obstetric and Gynaecology department for 5 years and then the Head of Service for 18 months. He then became the Clinical Lead for Gynaecology at the Treatment Centre where he helps to develop the skills of staff in order to help them provide a great service to patients.

Lisa Carroll

Lead Nurse

Lisa qualifed in 1990 and specialised in Acute Medicine and Emergency Care. She has been instrumental in developing a variety of advanced practice roles and became one of the first Consultant Nurses in Acute Medicine in the country; a role she was in at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for 10 years.

Lisa has written widely on the subject of advanced practice roles and in 2007 her book, Acute Medicine a Handbook for Nurse Practitioners, was published.

Lisa has held two regional roles. As Clinical Lead for Urgent and Emergency Care for NHS West Midlands she was responsible for developing clinical pathways and standards across the region. Lisa was also seconded to the West Midlands Quality Review Service and led the development of quaity standards for the whole of urgent and emergency care and a peer review programme of services in the West Midlands. In 2012 Lisa became Head of Nursing for Admitted Care at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust with responsibiity for professional standards, quality, safety and patient experience.

Simon Page

Clinical Lead Endocrinology

Dr Page graduated from Bristol University Medical School with Honours in 1982 and he was jointly awarded the Bristol University Gold Medal for his undergraduate performance. His early training was completed in Bristol (Southmead Hospital), and Taunton (Musgrove Park Hospital) in Somerset . He successfully passed the MRCP examination in 1985 and awarded FRCP by the Royal College of Physicians in 1991. His higher degree was obtained during a period of research at St George's Hospital in London. His final Senior Registrar training was completed in Nottingham and Derby. He took up a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist post in 1995 at Nottingham University Hospitals.

Simon joined the Treatment Centre team at Gateway E in the Summer of 2010 following the migration of adult endocrine services from Nottingham University Hospitals. He is the Clinical Lead for the Endocrinology service. Over the last few years the Endocrine Service has introduced a range of new services including a Hyperthyroid Telephone service, a joint pituitary neurosurgery clinic, an adrenal multidisciplinary team clinic, and joint clinics for patients transitioning from the paediatric service in the Trust, and for patients with Turner’s syndrome. The service has access to day case and short inpatient stay facilities for selected patients who require more complex endocrine investigations. In addition, since April 2015 the endocrine team have developed strong links with the Nottingham Gender Dysphoria service and are currently delivering 1-2 clinics per week to support the hormone therapy of patients with gender dysphoria. The endocrine service has received consistently excellent feedback from patients with over 95% recommending the service to family and friends.

Simon’s personal interests include the diagnosis of patients with pituitary and thyroid disease in particular and also the management of patients with gender dysphoria. Simon chairs the Medicines Management Committee of the Treatment Centre. He sits on the Executive Board and attends the Clinical Governance and Risk Management (CGRM) committee. Dr Page sees and treats NHS patients with endocrine problems at the Treatment Centre.

Mark Howells

Head of Operations

Since qualifying as a Pharmacist in 1993, Mark has worked in a variety of roles in the NHS, the prison service and the pharmaceutical industry. In 2005 he joined Burton Hospital’s Business Improvement and Service Transformation Team, which provided a stimulus for a career change into healthcare management. Since then, Mark has held key operational positions in developing and leading research for the National Institute for Health Research.

Lyn Gregory

HR Lead

Lyn is responsible for providing business focused HR solutions to the management team of the Treatment Centre.

Lyn has over fifteen years HR related experience, previously working as Personnel Manager at Rushcliffe PCT and Nottingham Community Health. Prior to that she worked in HR in the engineering and education sectors, as Training Manager at Midland Software Ltd. and in customer services at IBM (UK) Ltd.

She is a graduate from Nottingham University and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Sarah Lorking

Head of Finance & Performance

Sarah began her accountancy career working for an independent company as an internal auditor, working with a series of public and private sector organisations.

Sarah joined the NHS in 2002 and qualified as an Accountant in 2005. Sarah spent 15 years working in a range of roles within various NHS Organisations in the Midlands, primarily Mental Health and Acute Provider Organisations, including 6 years at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Sarah progressed to the role of Deputy Director of Finance within the NHS before taking up the role at Circle Nottingham.

Nigel Bedforth

Clinical Lead for Theatres and Short Stay Unit

Nigel graduated from Nottingham University Medical School in 1990 and was appointed as a Consultant Anaesthetist in 2001. He has since developed interests in clinical development, teaching, research and management.

He has been involved with developing regional anaesthesia in Nottingham hospitals and further afield. He regularly runs workshops and gives lectures at national and international meetings. He runs a fellowship scheme in regional anaesthesia and has written widely on the subject. He was appointed Honorary Associate Professor (University of Nottingham) in 2013.

He has held national roles including board member of RA-UK in 2010-2014, Specialist Advisor (ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia) to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2008-2014) and he was an editor for the international journal ‘Anaesthesia’ for 2½ years from 2009.

Nigel joined Circle as Clinical Lead for Theatres and the Short Stay Unit in 2014 and works with a strong and dynamic team focussing on delivering and developing excellent patient care.

Claire Probert

Service Transformation Manager

After graduating from the University of Leeds, Claire started her career in Public Health working for a national campaigning charity.

In 2007, Claire moved to Nottingham and worked in a variety of roles in the Public Sector for the Local Authority in health improvement and prevention and completed a Masters in Public Health at the University of Nottingham. She then worked for a PCT, working in Local Strategic Partnerships and then in NHS England as commissioner of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes. Claire then moved into the provider landscape, helping to improve and transform services acute NHS services.

Anand Patel

Clinical Lead Dermatology

Anand is an established Consultant Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon who provides a wide range of Dermatological services. He is the lead Clinician for Dermatology at the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre and is involved in research, teaching and training. He has published extensively on different specialty areas within Dermatology with many peer reviewed publications to his name.

He graduated from Nottingham University in 2005 and completed his General Medical training at the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital where he achieved membership of the Royal College of Physicians. He then went on to specialise in Dermatology, obtaining a national training post in Nottingham. On completing his training he undertook further sub-specialty training fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, Laser and Skin Cancer under the supervision of 2 nationally recognised Mohs surgeons.

Anand has been clinical lead since 2015 and strives to find new dynamic ways of working whilst putting the department’s patients first.