Posted by: annettejohnson - Posted on:

After a lot of consideration and soul-searching, I have decided after 30 years leading the practice that I will stand down as a Partner here in September 2024.

Over the years I have seen the practice double in size to now 10,500 patients. It has been a privilege to serve this community who have trusted me with their health, their worries and concerns over decades. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved at Wansford and Kings Cliffe Practice. We have, in my view, managed to ‘buck the trend’ of anonymous tick box medicine.  For the most part, we still know our patients and they know us. The enduring value of a trusted doctor-patient relationship should never be underestimated! It has been an absolute privilege to lead this team over so many years. I have had the pleasure of working with many outstanding and dedicated professionals who have given their best day in and day out and whose contribution is the very fabric of the high quality of medicine and care we see at Wansford.

I have absolute confidence that this great work will continue into the future. We have developed a Health Campus incorporating a pharmacy (now offering open access appointments for minor illness in its own right) which was voted Independent Pharmacy of the Year 2023, and have a highly active and well respected research unit which has been at the cutting edge of innovation in Medicine for over 20 years. Most recently we have been involved in the pivotal Covid vaccine Novovax Trial and subsequently two further Covid booster studies. The Respiratory Syncitial Virus vaccine, trialled at Wansford, has just been licensed in the United Kingdom in the last year. We received “Best Research Practice” status from the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2019.  We are aligned to a well-respected dental practice that sits within the Campus – Wansford Smile Studio.

Over the years I have seen the practice team diversify and extend to include paramedics and advanced nurse practitioners, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and now specialist diabetes and cardiology nurses. I shall leave this practice in great shape – diverse, robust, still local – ably led by my Partner, Helen Eastwood and my Practice Manager Kirstie who will continue to guide our fabulous team and lead with clarity and vision into the future.  

I shall continue to be involved in research in the practice and more strategic work across Peterborough both in terms of research and new services. 

I shall be around a lot over the next 3 months. I hope to see many of you over that time!