Meet the Staff


Dr Mike Doherty

Mike joined the practice on 1 October 2013, after working at a practice in Burnley for many years. Mike lives in the Ribble Valley, and is a GP Trainer. He is interested in musculo-skeletal medicine and the management of respiratory disease.

Dr Jennifer Fairwood

Jennifer joined the practice in July 2009, becoming a partner in 2010. She is responsible for Palliative Care and End of Life Care.  Jennifer lives in the Ribble Valley and has worked in practices near Colne and in Longridge where she was a GP Registrar.  She has a background in Respiratory Medicine and is responsible for Cancer Medicine and Palliative Care. Outside the Practice, she helps to run the junior parkrun at the Castle every Sunday morning and enjoys running and rockclimbing.

Dr Ian Ibbotson

Ian is another former GP Registrar in the practice.  Ian runs the occupational medicine service which he has developed over recent years.  He is the practice representative at East Lancashire Medical Services (GP out of hours), and represents the practice on the Treatment Room Committee.

Dr Will Mackean

Will is the final former GP Registrar in the practice.  Will qualified as a GP trainer in 2004.  He is the IT lead, and represents the practice on the GP Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr John Martin


John qualified in 2006 from Manchester University and completed his GP training in 2011. He joined the practice in 2019 and is looking forward to moving into the Ribble Valley so he can explore the area more either on foot or two wheels.

Dr Susie Owen

Susie is a part-time partner, and GP Trainer. She is the staffing lead in the practice.  Her clinical areas are Women’s and Sexual Health.

Dr Jill Osgood


Jill joined the Practice in 2015 and became a partner in 2018. Prior to becoming a doctor she completed a Psychology degree. She has an interest in Palliative Care and additionally works at East Lancashire Hospice.

Dr Russell Robb


Russell qualified from Sheffield in 2009 and spent some years working as an anaesthetist.   He joined the Practice in 2019. He has interests in Occupational Medicine, Joint Injections and Reproductive Health. Russell lives in the Ribble Valley with his wife and two sons and enjoys cycling and triathlon.

Salaried Doctor

We employ one doctor in the practice to assist the partners. Patients may book appointments directly with her, although she works on a part-time basis and at different times during the week.

Dr Sibylle Holch


Sibylle works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Her special interest is in Women’s Health.

Nursing Team

We have a team of three Advanced Nurse Practitioners, five Practice Nurses, three Assistant Practitioners and a Healthcare Assistant.  Appointments to see them should be made in advance by telephoning the main Health Centre. They provide ongoing care for patients with problems such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease. They also offer advice on immunisations, foreign travel, diet, exercise, smoking cessation and health promotion in general. The nurses also run minor illness clinics.

Administrative Team

The Practice Manager is Julie Oliver who looks after the running of the practice. The Reception Team organise the appointments and surgeries, and are usually the first point of contact with the practice. Staff deal with requests for home visits, telephone calls, test results etc. The Administration Team undertake all the secretarial work, including referrals to hospital and letters to patients.

Members of the Reception and Administration Teams are authorised by the doctors to provide information to patients, and may well ask for further information when you call. Patients should be assured that all staff members are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the doctors.


The midwives are usually responsible for maternity care throughout a woman’s pregnancy and up to 28 days after the birth. The GP practice will normally inform the midwives when a woman becomes pregnant, and arrangements will be made for an appointment. This is an opportunity to discuss issues such as antenatal screening and possible options regarding the place chosen for delivery. The midwives see women in antenatal clinics at the health centre (or hospital); they run parentcraft classes with the health visitors usually at 7-8 months of pregnancy, and they have close links with both GPs and hospital consultants. They may be contacted through the main practice telephone number.

District Nurses

This team provides expert nursing care and advice to patients in their own homes, working closely with the doctors. The nurses are able to support patients in a number of ways, which may include help with wound care, caring for people following an operation, liaising with social services staff, providing access to aids and appliances, and caring for the terminally ill.

Health Visitors

This team offers advice on all aspects of child care and development. Health visitors run baby clinics and provide help and support for mothers and babies, taking over from the midwives around 2-3 weeks after the baby’s birth. They can advise parents on issues such as breastfeeding, post-natal support and post-natal exercise.

Treatment Room Nurses

Patients can go there to receive treatment for very minor injuries, or they may be asked to attend for procedures such as blood tests, ECG’s or dressings. The doctors undertake minor operations in the Treatment Room, assisted by the nursing staff.

Mental Health Workers

The Ribble Valley has teams of specialist mental health workers including social workers, counsellors and psychological therapists. They are trained to provide confidential help and support to individuals of all ages with mental health problems using a range of therapeutic and counselling skills.


Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme.

The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.
All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

Please do not contact the practice over any vaccination queries or try to book through the practice as this will stop patients with medical conditions being able to get through.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.
All these appointments will be added to the National Booking System. We encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with The Castle Medical Group, there are no changes at the current time, and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme or to book:

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS

Or call 119.