Our Staff

Doctors

Dr Katharine Alsop

MBChB 1987, MRCGP, DRCOG, FPCert, Dip Geriatric Medicine

Katharine joined the practice in February 2001. Katharine has been a GP here since 2001. Before that she worked in medicine for the elderly . She has a special interest in Gynaecology and contraception , trains GPs and students and is Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs Over-diagnosis group and Chair of the Optimal testing group. She is especially interested in lifestyle medicine and how the way we live can have a big impact on improving our health. Outside the surgery she goes running to counteract the effects of sitting on a chair all day at work, tries to keep her allotment under control & is learning to play the cello. Between times she is chief swarm catcher for her husband’s bees when they escape!

Dr Chris Ree

MA MBChB Oxford 1981 DCH DRCOG DGM MRCGP

Chris started at Brooklea in 1988. His medical interests are general medicine, care of the elderly, and paediatrics. His other side involves running and walking in the mountains.

Dr Brian Hanratty

MBBCLBAD(Dub) MICGP DCH

Brian moved to Brooklea from Dublin in 1999.He has a wide range of general practice interests and is a board member of the south Bristol commissioning consortium. He enjoys teaching and is a GP trainer. His family and sport fill his outside interests.

Dr Caroline Perkins

BSc, MBBCh, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH

Caroline qualified in Cardiff in 2005 and joined the practice in November 2010 after completing GP training in Bristol. She has a broad range of general medical interests including ENT, dermatology and is involved in women’s health fitting both coils and implants here. She also enjoys being involved in medical student teaching within the practice and is an approved GP trainer. Caroline became a GP partner in July 2018. Outside of work Caroline spends much of her time looking after her family, taking some exercise - swimming regularly, Pilates and starting to run, involved in her local church, volunteer in school and Little Lifesavers CPR charity

Dr Lucy Prewett

BM MRCP(UK) MRCGP DRCOG

Lucy qualified from Southampton University in 2004. She completed her general medical training and spent some time as a rheumatology trainee before moving into General Practice. She has worked in Bristol and North Somerset since qualifying as a GP. She moved to Nightingale Valley in 2020. Outside of work she enjoys cycling and looking after her children.

Dr Peter Harbord

MBChB FPCert

Peter was in partnership at Brooklea with Dr Stephanie French who retired at the end of 1999. Following this he joined with the Woodside and then Nightingale Valley practice . He has a special interest in joint injection.

Dr Anna Mills

Anna completed her degree in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol before completing medical school at Warwick. She has worked as a doctor in Bristol since 2009, and in 2015 joined Nightingale Valley Practice as a GP registrar. She joined the team as a salaried GP in November 2019. Outside of work she is kept busy by her young family.

Dr Faye Harrison

Faye trained at Warwick Medical School. She joined the practice in 2013 after completing her GP training in Bath. She enjoys the variety of general practice and is particularly interested in dermatology and women’s health. Outside of work her taken is taken up mainly with her young family but when she has the chance she enjoys paying netball, being outdoors and listening to live music.

Dr Sarah Kerr

Nurse Practitioners

Debbie Blackmore

Debbie qualified as a nurse in 1999 and worked in the BRI until moving to the community in 2004. After completing District Nurse Training Debbie moved into the Out of Hours Service where she studied Advanced Practice. In 2010 Debbie became a Community Matron and Clinical Lead, consolidated her non-medical prescribing and completed her MSc in Advanced Practice. Having enjoyed the research side of study, Debbie joined the practice in order to support the research and clinical team in her dual role. Debbie supports with the on call surgeries and also has pre-bookable appointments.

Maria Muir

Maria qualified as a nurse in 1996, after gaining experience in acute hospital settings she moved into primary care, working in general practice , walk-in centre's and Out of Hours. She Joined Nightingale Valley Practice as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in 2018. She has a nursing degree in emergency care, is a non-medical prescriber and has an MSc in advanced practice. Outside of work, she enjoys boosting her energy and fitness levels with gym classes, yoga sessions and meditation practice. Family life also adds to her emotional wellbeing.

Pippa Backhouse

James Singh

James qualified as a Nurse in 2005, undertaking his training here in Bristol. James has worked in emergency departments, specialities such as the ear, nose and throat department in Southmead and most recently in a GP surgery in South Gloucestershire as an advanced nurse practitioner setting up a medical service in a secure children's home. James is a Christian attending a local church in Bristol and enjoys a variety of sports as well as spending time with his family.

Olive Maskell

Olive qualified as a nurse in 2008 and joined Nightingale Valley practice in July 2021 as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Prior to this she has worked in Acute hospital settings including Emergency Departments and the Acute Medical Units both at Frenchay and Southmead Hospital. Postgraduate she studied advanced practice at the University of the West of England and completed her non-medical prescribing in 2015. Outside of work She enjoy travelling and exploring new countries, baking, and is currently visiting all of the UK’s RNLI lifeboat stations (All 238 of them).

Nurses

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.

Healthcare Assistants

Healthcare assistants support practice nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks such as phlebotomy (drawing blood), blood pressure measurement and new patient checks. They may act as a chaperone when a patient or doctor requests one.

Practice Management

The Practice Manager and Deputy Practice Manager are involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The Practice Manager and Deputy Practice Manager supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also helps to develop extended services to enhance patient care.

Reception

Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.