Learn about our Programme Directors and the wealth of knowledge and experience they bring to CRESH.

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Dr Mike Waldron

I have been a GP in Crawley for over twenty years. For twelve years I was a tutor for medical students from St George’s Hospital and I took my MRCGP rather late in my career in 2008! I then went on to complete my GP Trainer training in 2010.

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I had the pleasure of joining the local GP STS training team in March 2013 as a temporary position which has now been made permanent. I am based at Coachmans Practice in Broadfield Crawley which is a busy training practice.

Outside of General Practice and GP Training you will find me enjoying life with my two Rhoedsian Ridgeback dogs, riding my motorcycle or cooking. I am married to Helen, who shares my love of the dogs but not the motorcycle. We share our lives with three nearly grown children who keep us busy as a taxi service!

I look forward to working with everyone on the GP STS during the coming years.

Dr Pippa Woolner

I do this job alongside working as a part time salaried GP in Caterham. The practice where I work is a busy training practice. I did my post graduate training in Birmingham, having been to medical school there.

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Initially I trained in hospital medicine and then worked for a year in medical education before starting my general practice training.

I live in Reigate with my husband and our young daughter and son. I enjoy the diversity of general practice and the challenge of juggling this with family life. My hobbies include tennis and discovering good restaurants.

Dr Terry Conaty

I have been a Programme Director since 2004. I have been involved in vocational training in East Surrey since the early 1990s as a Trainer.

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I have just retired as senior partner at my training practice in Smallfield, just to the east of Gatwick airport. I will continue to have a role in clinical practice but to a lesser degree.

Prior to my appointment as Programme Director I have been involved with the local PCG and PCT and with the InPS computer user group. I am married to Clare who has retired from her role as a teacher at a school in Reigate and have two children who have recently completed their university educations.

Dr Anita Raina

I have been a Programme Director since February 2018. I was previously a trainee on the CRESH GP Specialist Training Scheme

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I am a GP partner at Smallfield Surgery in Horley and an Appraiser for NHS England South.  I have been a Programme director since February 2018. It seems like coming home to me as I trained in the CRESH VTS scheme. Before joining this post as a PD, I was a clinical lead at the East Surrey CCG.

General Practice provides me the clinical diversity and continuity of care which I enjoy. My special interests are Diabetes, Minor Surgery with joint injections and Family planning. I am trained as a Family planning trainer. I have been involved in several community based projects like making East Surrey a dementia Friendly community,  establishing a diabetes forum for the local clinicians and  Altogether better with Practice Champions.

Education is at the core of all my activities. I am a constant learner as I continue to learn by teaching from the school students who aspire to be doctors to medical students, Physician associate students, Foundation doctors and GP trainees.

I live in Brockham with my husband, three children and a dog, Outside medicine I enjoy reading and experimenting with cooking using different gadgets with the current favourite being Thermomix.

Iain Buchanan – Scheme Administrator


GP Medical Education Officer


GP Medical Education Office, first point of contact for GP trainees and the consistent face of the GP training scheme at East Surrey Hospital.


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I have been working with the CRESH GP training scheme since Feb 2013.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the GP training scheme as I work full time at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Post Graduate Medical Education Centre based at East Surrey Hospital.

I work closely with the Program Directors to organise the training practices and Hospital rotations of the GP trainees, as well as organising the training timetable and booking in external speakers, venues and residential courses.

We have 80+ trainees at any given time, spread over 24 training practices with 45+ GP Educational Supervisors and 16 hospital specialities with over 40 Consultant Clinical, so there is a lot of communication in my role.

I also work with the local GP Tutor providing training for the greater GP community as well as working with the RCGP and the GP school based at our training deanery, Health Education England working across London and the South East.


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01737 231722


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