About us

About Us

Swinton Primary Care Network

Who are Swinton Primary Care Network?

As Swinton’s 4 GP practices, we are often the first port of call for NHS care.

As demand for healthcare increases, our GP practices now work together, with other local partners, to provide a range of extra services side by side; ones that meet Swinton’s needs. Nobody else’s.

Our primary care network brings together the experience and unique skills of its practice managers, clinical staff, non-clinical staff and patient representatives, from each practice to plan out and deliver additional capacity and build resilience where it’s needed most.

Together, we are working on:

  • Workforce
  • Information and technology 
  • Digital innovation
  • Financial and operational infrastructure
  • Education, training and development needs
  • Communications and engagement

Each practice still operates independently, but by working together, it means we can do more as a Primary Care Network for the residents of Swinton. 

What is a Primary Care Network?

A primary care network is a group of practices who work together to focus on local patient care. They’ve been around since 2019 and 99 per cent of practices across England now work as part of one.

With increased demand and a shortage of clinical staff, practices find they can provide greater, more personalised care for patients when they can work together on certain services or issues.

Take a look at this short animation from NHS England which explains how they work.

Our Aims and Values

Our values

We are brave and make new opportunities happen.

We are caring and act with empathy and respect.

We are responsible and own our decisions and actions.

Our aims

We are committed to working as a formal network with one voice, sustaining and improving general practice and trusting each other to provide the best services that meet our combined populations’ needs.

Our Network

Together we can do more. We have adopted a facilitative approach by bringing the practices together to create mutual benefits.

Our Culture

Democratic, open, empowered and transparent with resources allocated fairly across our network. Less bureaucracy, more teamwork with an inclusive approach.


We have a proven track record of working together and operating at scale; we have the knowledge, skills, and experience of managing and running significant out of hospital services.


We have good working relationships with our main stakeholders, including the local health and social care providers, commissioners and the community and voluntary sector. These relationships encourage and drive forward system-wide thinking around service redesign.

Meet your Swinton Primary Care Network Team

We are the team who plans and coordinates across the practices to deliver the primary care network’s objectives and services.

Clinical Leads

  • Dr Girish Patel – Clinical Director & GP Partner at The Sides Medical Practice
  • Dr Ben Williams – Clinical Lead & GP Partner at Poplars Medical Centre
  • Dr Karin McCall – Clinical Lead & GP Partner at Silverdale Medical Practice
  • Dr Riaz Khan – Clinical Lead & GP Partner at The Lakes Medical Practice
  • Dr Laurence Cribbin – Clinical Lead & GP Partner The Sides Medical Centre

Primary Care Network Team

  • Zain Harper – Head of Primary Care Network & Managing Partner at Poplars Medical Centre
  • Andrea Simpson – Business Manager & Practice Manager at Silverdale Medical Practice
  • Moira Kinnear – Practice Manager at The Lakes Medical Practice
  • Frazer Meadowcroft – Business Manager at The Sides Medical Practice
  • Lorraine Townshend – Practice Manager at The Sides Medical Practice
  • Andrew Dudman – Performance and Planning Lead
  • Sue Turner – Interim Project Manager
  • Emma Wilson – Interim Project Manager
  • Vacancy – Care Coordinator

Clinical Guardians

  • Vacancy – GP+ Service Clinical Guardian
  • Vacancy – Paramedic Service Clinical Guardian