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Our Practice Team

Our GPs


Phil Huxley (senior partner)

Phil joined the Practice in 1998 having completed his GP training at Airedale Hospital. He has developed a number of interests over the years. He champions the needs of older people and takes a lead in the care of patients who are over 75 years of age. He is also the practice lead for Mental Health, ensuring that the practice cares for patients who need early access to talking treatments, and also ensuring that our care for patients with severe and enduring mental health problems is the best it can be. He takes a keen interest in ensuring that the practice delivers a safe, quality service; on behalf of the Practice he made pledges to "Sign up for Safety" in 2015.

Phil has always had an interest in how the health system works outside of general practice. This interest led him into commissioning, which is the way in which health services are planned and purchased for the local population. He has recently taken on the role of Chair of East Lancs CCG and divides his time between Earby and East Lancs CCG. If you want to know more about ELCCG, the website address is and Phil has a Twitter account @DrHuxley1

Esther Smith

Esther joined the practice in 2000. She trained and completed her VTS in Scotland , but always planned to work closer to her roots in Lancashire. Esther leads on women's health issues and family planning. She is especially interested in menopausal issues and provides intra-uterine device fitting for the practice. She does, however, remain interested in all aspects of general practice. She is keen to maintain an academic interest in general practice and has an interest in evidence based medicine. She is a GP registrar trainer on the East Lancashire Scheme, helps train foundation year 2 doctors in a support capacity. She has been involved in medical student training within the practice for year 4 Manchester students on the Women & Child Health Module.

Michael Horsfield

Mike graduated from Newcastle in 1996 and joined the surgery in 2001 as a registrar before returning to partnership in 2003.  His interests lie in musculoskeletal medicine and teaching; he is the foundation doctor trainer.  He works as a GP with special interest (GPwSI) in the musculoskeletal service and is a postgraduate tutor for Bradford University.  He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Catherine Taylor

Catherine joined the surgery as a GP trainee in 2011 and after completing her training joined the partnership in 2014. She is originally from Burnley and has worked in Bradford and Airedale previously. Catherine takes the practice lead on the monitoring of long term conditions, ensuring that we have robust systems in place for monitoring and reviewing patients with asthma, COPD, hypertension and diabetes to help improve their health. She is the GP representative on Pendle’s Dementia Action Alliance which works with local government, services and businesses to raise awareness and help people with dementia in the community..

Jo Huxley

Jo qualified from Leeds University in 1991 and before entering General Practice she gained considerable experience in the care of older people; she joined the team at Earby in 2007. Jo has developed an interest in dementia and strives to ensure that carers have the support that they need. She has gained additional expertise in palliative care and works at Pendleside Hospice in the evenings or weekends. She is the nominated practice lead for Cancer, and coordinates the quality agenda around Cancer, from prevention and early diagnosis to support through treatment and recovery.

Dr. Elyse Baril-Guerard (GP Associate)

Elyse Baril-Guerard joined the practice in 2016 as a GP Registrar and became a salaried GP after completion of her training in 2017. Elyse went to Medical School in Canada and completed her Family Medicine Training Programme in Ottawa in 2010. As a GP, Elyse practised rural medicine in remote areas of Canada before moving to the UK. She initially worked in A&E before going through the UK GP programme, back to her interest in Family Medicine. Elyse has special interests in holistic and palliative care, nutrition, child health medicine, respiratory medicine and education. She would like to get involved in training of junior doctors in the future. Elyse is fluent in French as well as English and can speak basic Spanish.

Dr Salma Khatana

Salma joined the practice in 2016 as a registrar, and after finishing training she remained at the practice as a salaried GP. She began GP training in Manchester before moving back to East Lancashire. She has two children and now looks after the baby clinic at Earby. She has a key role in supporting our Medicine Management team.

Dr. Tim Smith (GP Associate)

Tim joined the practice in 2018, having worked as a locum at both sites periodically over the previous year. He completed GP training in Wales in 2007, but then returned to England since which he has spent nearly all his clinical time working in the North West. In 2014, he completed his part-time Masters in Allergy at Imperial College London, and maintains an interest in allergies and related conditions such as asthma. He has an interest in academic medicine and has been actively involved in both primary care research and training doctors in training. He currently works as a GP researcher at the University of Central Lancashire for part of the week and is looking to build up research opportunities within the practice.


We wish Dr Ian Sangster all the best in his well deserved retirement.

Other members of our Clinical Team

Sara Rowland – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Michelle Harland – Practice Pharmacist

Our Nursing Team

Louise Nash

Louise has been a Practice Nurse with Colne Corner Surgery for a long time. In addition to caring for our patients who have long-term conditions, she may also be the person you speak to if you are requesting an urgent appointment at the surgery.

Kathy Clarkson

After working as a Practice Nurse for over 20 years Kathy recently joined The Pendle Medical Partnership. She supports the practice to deliver Chronic disease management and runs some of our Asthma / COPD/ Cardiovascular / Hypertension and Diabetes clinics.

The role of a nurse based in general practice is varied , which means she, like other members of our team, is never bored. Her remit also includes travel advice, baby immunisations and ladies health - Smears and sexual health, as well as flu clinics and assorted injections.

Tracey Bentley

Tracey joined the Practice in 2002. She has a Diploma in Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes and her work includes chronic disease reviews for patients with coronary heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. Tracey also administers the childhood immunisations and also shares responsibility for the cervical screening programme.

Rachael Oldham, Megan Holmes, Jayne Sangster, and Mary Lord 

Are all Health Care Assistants who do a fantastic job as part of our Nursing Team. From blood tests to ECG’s, BP checks to assisting with Minor Surgery, child health clinics to flu injections, these are the people you often see if you need any tests doing or if you are a new patient joining the Practice.

Our Admin Team

Kathryn Phillips

Kathryn spent the early years of her NHS career in hospital management before becoming a GP Business Manager at Colne Corner Surgery in 1994. Alongside managing Colne Corner Surgery, she has also worked as a management consultant, a Commissioning Manager, and in primary care development, as well as working with other GP surgeries too.

Kathryn now has responsibility for the overall management of The Pendle Medical Partnership across both our sites, and is particularly keen to see how our practice can develop to meet the challenges we have ahead.

Tracy Snowden

Tracy is responsible for the day-to-day management of our Earby site. Having recently joined us from another GP practice, she is quickly getting to know both staff and patients, and getting to grips with our premises management too.

Lori Topping

Lori ensures the smooth running of our Colne Corner site on a day-to-day basis. She will deal personally with any problems you may experience which are of a non-medical nature and, will be open to any suggestions as to how we could improve our service to patients.

Nicola Raw

So much of what we do in General Practice now depends on the management of electronic patient information. Nicola is responsible for making sure that we are calling patients into the surgery when they need their checks, for making sure information is recorded correctly, and that the quality of our information is of a high standard.

Pat Chippendale

After many years as Business Manager at Earby Surgery, Pat has now retired. Luckily for us she is still working with the practice as Finance Officer.

Tracy Wilkinson, Margaret Higgins, Pauline Bottomley, Mandy Chippendale, Kris Dean, Sharon Hampshire, Megan Holmes, Bev Moore, Bev Philpott, Rachael Oldham, Holly Smith, Kelly Sunter, Sarah Thorpe, Denise Watson, Barbara Whitham, and Mel Windle

are all members of our Admin Team. These are the people you will see at our Reception desks, who answer the phone, who sort out any referrals you may need, answer your queries, and who carry out a whole host of other duties behind the scenes. They are a vital part of our team and do a fantastic job at a time when general practice has never been so busy.

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