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Our Team

The OTH team is small but perfectly formed with a great mix of skills and talent! Below is an overview of each team member’s role. You are welcome to get in touch with us if you need any help or have any suggestions.


 

Dr. Rebecca Hollaender – Chair

I’m Rebecca Hollaender and I’m a GP partner in Oxford, an Oxford University medical Student tutor, and have been the clinical chair of the Oxfordshire Training Hub (OTH) since it was established in 2017. Having a highly skilled and motivated workforce is crucial for the sustainability of primary and community health care. Over recent years it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain GPs, nurses and other staff. With the arrival of Primary Care Networks and a whole range of new roles coming into primary care teams there are plenty of opportunities as well as challenges. It can be difficult for staff to access high quality, locally tailored training and education opportunities. I am delighted to be part of the OTH and develop our programme to help address these challenges. We want to ensure all our staff have access to information about career pathways, continuing professional development opportunities, and support when they need it so that we can attract the best people and ensure they have fulfilling, exciting careers providing exceptional care to our communities across Oxfordshire.

 

Rachel Wensley – Head of Programmes

I’m Rachel Wensley and I am the Assistant Director for Development for the OTH. After completing my MSc in Marine Biology I worked in the Water Industry for 5 years and programme managed a large Research & Development Programme. Within my OTH role, I oversee the delivery of all projects and ensure they are all kept in scope, on time and within budget. More widely, I have a role in system wide discussions and inputs views and experiences from Primary & Community care workforce to ensure that new projects will meet the needs of the workforce. I hold an additional role as Lay Representative of the RCGP Thames Valley Faculty Board.

 

Lesley Haxworth – Nurse Training and Career Development Lead

I am Lesley Haxworth. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years. I am a RCN Accredited Advanced Nurse Practitioner and qualified District Nurse. More Recently I have completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Education and I am a non -medical prescriber. My back ground is predominantly Primary Care in Oxfordshire, however I did spend 7 years in West Africa running the FCO medical Centre in Lagos looking after the UK Diplomatic community posted there. My passion in nursing is now focused on education, support and training, working hard on building a voice for nursing within Primary Care Networks and General Practice. I am currently the Training and Career Development Lead for Oxfordshire Training Hub and the GPN Clinical Lead for the New to General Practice Fellowship programme across BOB.

Mary Bowling – Project Manager

I’m Mary Bowling and I have worked most of my life in process improvement and people management. I originally trained as an electronics engineer working for GCHQ and am a process and project professional. I joined the OTH team in April 2019 as a Project Manager as my first job in the NHS. Within the team I work on Workforce Development, Retention and Recruitment, which includes, GP Mentoring Scheme, GP Nurse 10 point plan, Apprenticeships and GP Careers Support Programme. I also work with many colleagues across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West region ensuring alignment of projects and programmes for all roles in Primary and Community Care.

 

Teresa Beswick – Assistant Project Manager

I’m Teresa Beswick and prior to working here, I worked in a variety of roles within a global Market Research company working with teams both in the UK and overseas. I have been working in the projects team for 18 months now and during this time I have become the ‘go-to’ person on Clarity TeamNet both internally and within GP practices.  I have organised training courses for OTH with  primary care staff such as Signposting, Frontline training, Minor Illness and Leadership.  I also work on internal projects for Oxfed such as the set-up of our HR system ‘Cezanne’ . I also assist with the GP Mentoring scheme and GP Nurse 10 Point Plan.