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Nurse Practitioners

Advanced Nurse Practitioners are highly experienced and educated members of the care team who are able to diagnose and treat your health care needs or refer you to an appropriate specialist if needed.  They have undertaken a post graduate degree and can prescribe medications.  The Nurse Practitioners will often see patients “on the day” for urgent appointments.  At Burlington Primary Care the Nurse Practitioners work collaboratively with the General Practitioners.
Alison Jones (f)

RGN, BSc (hons) (Community Specialist Practice General Practice Nursing), MSc (Nurse Practitioner) Independent Nurse Prescriber, Dip Diabetes, Dip Coronary Heart Disease, ENB 901 (Family Planning)

Alison qualified as an RGN in 1992 and has worked in general practice since 1995, progressing to Nurse Practitioner in 2001 and joining Burlington Primary Care in February 2016.  Alison has a special interest in diabetes and hypertension and is the diabetes lead for the Surgery.  Alison is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and provides minor illness assessment/advice, diabetes and hypertension management and family planning including fitting/removal of the contraceptive implant.

In her spare time, Alison enjoys walking her dogs, gardening, theatre and cooking.

Catherine Rudd (f)

RGN Dip Health Ed, BSc (District Nursing Specialist Practice), Post Grad Cert Ed, MSc Advance Health Care Practice

Catherine joined Burlington Primary Care in March 2016. Cathy was born in Lancashire and moved to Ipswich in 1985, she qualified as a nurse in 1984 and has continued her professional development within the community setting. Cathy worked as a District Nurse in Ipswich for 15 years and gained a Specialist Practice Degree in Community Nursing in 2002.  Part of this role was to facilitate the learning of undergraduate and post graduate nurses.  Cathy has been a Community Matron working with people managing their long term conditions for five years prior to joining the Burlington Primary Care Team as a Nurse Practitioner and is an independent nurse prescriber.

Cathy’s interests outside work are spending quality time with her family and she enjoys walking in the Suffolk countryside.

Lesley Brooke (f)
RN, Dip HE Nursing, BSc ( Hons) Nurse Practitioner, RCN Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Independent Nurse Prescriber, Dip CVD Risk, Nurse Mentorship.


Lesley joined BPC in April 2016. She qualified as a nurse in 2000 and began her nursing career working as a day surgery nurse. From there, she moved to Barts Hospital in London and became a Sister in the gynaecology oncology department before moving to Ipswich Hospital endoscopy department, after starting her family.

Lesley started working in Primary Care in 2009 where she trained as a Minor Illness Nurse Specialist and Independent Prescriber before qualifiying as a Nurse Practitioner. Lesley has a special interest in respiratory health and is Respiratory Lead for the Surgery.

When not working Lesley enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends, and exploring the countryside on foot and by bike.


Basic training to qualify as a Nurse takes 3 years and all Nurses must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), (from 2013 all nurse courses are degree level).   Registration is renewed annually and from 2016 all registered Nurses must undertake Revalidation every 3 years.   Practice Nurses work in GP Surgeries as part of a Primary Healthcare Team.   They have many responsibilities including health screening, adult and child vaccinations, asthma checks, diabetes checks, family planning, wound care etc.   Many Practice Nurses undertake additional training in order to study conditions such as asthma and diabetes in more depth


Sandra Noto (f)


Sandra qualified in 1984, she worked as a Community Nurse for many years and also part time with the Rapid Response Team.  Sandra then spent two years as a Triage Clinician for NHS 111 before moving to Practice Nursing in 2014.  She enjoys all aspects of Practice Nursing and is currently undertaking a diabetes diploma.

In her spare time Sandra is busy with her family and dog Harvey and she also volunteers with the winter night shelter.

Rebecca Schindler (f)

RGN BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, Nurse Mentor, Leg Ulcer Management

Rebecca grew up in Ipswich and completed her nurse training in 2004 and has worked within hospital settings as well as the community.  After several years driving the roads of Suffolk, she joined Burlington Primary Care in 2014.  Rebecca is currently undertaking a diabetes diploma.

In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and the outdoor life.

Eleanor Cook (f)

RGN  Dip Health Ed

Eleanor studied Adult Nursing at University Campus Suffolk and qualified in December 2009.   After qualifying she worked in Emergency Medicine including A&E.  Eleanor joined Burlington Primary Care in February 2012 and continues developing her skills and role in nursing care.

Health Practitioners

Mr Daniel Shaw (m)

I joined Burlington Primary Care in Dec 2015.  This is a new role for me, my official title is Primary Care Associate and I run minor injury and illness clinics.

I initially trained as a Paramedic and worked for the East of England Ambulance Service for 7 years.  I enjoy my new role and am continuing to develop my own practice and learning new skills on a daily basis.  I have 3 young children who keep me active and exhausted but I would not be without them.  I enjoy trying to keep fit and spending days out with my family.

Healthcare Assistants

Health Care Assistants help the Nursing and Medical teams with a variety of tasks, such as Blood Tests, New Patient Screening, Chronic Disease Management checks and ECG’s.  Smoke Stop Services at the Surgery are provided by the HCAs, who recently came first in the annual awards from Live Well Suffolk in the large GP category.

Julie NewtonJulie Newton

Julie is from Norwich and moved to Ipswich in 1986.  She trained as a Phlebotomist in 1992 working at Ipswich Hospital and several GP Surgeries before settling at Burlington Primary Care in 2004 in an HCA role.  Julie has qualifications in Histopathology and Healthcare and her special interest is Smoking Cessation.

Outside work Julie is involved with her husband and daughters’ karate and loves spending time with her family and Basset Hound.

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