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The Team

The GP Specialty Training Administrative Support team boasts nearly 95 years combined NHS experience. The team’s experience enables them to provide an excellent level of knowledge and support to GP Registrars, GP Trainers and Hospital colleagues.

Viv Longdon - Derby GP Specialty Training Manager  

Viv has worked for the NHS for over 30 years, starting in 1971 at the Derbyshire Children's Hospital which was, at that time, located in North Street Derby. This was then followed by various posts in Health Records, the ENT Clinic and finally managing Ripley Hospital prior to the start of "family life" in 1983. She continued to work part-time in health records, The Pain Management Clinic and the Ronnie Mackeith Centre until 1996 when she returned to full time working in her current post as Derby GP Training Programme Manager.

Viv thoroughly enjoys her job, particularly the interactions between primary and secondary care. The length of time that she has been doing the job alone indicates how much she enjoys coming to work. This is a record for her as she usually gets bored after three years!!!

Her role is strategic, ensuring the delivery of appropriate training opportunities for doctors to achieve their CCT and continue their medical career in general practice. To achieve this Viv works closely with three local GPs who are Training Programme Directors, and have an excellent administrative support team, commonly known as The "A" Team for obvious reasons!

Viv has a passion for horses, dogs and children, especially her young grandson who she has given up one day at work to look after him.

Tel: 01332 785202     Email:

Kathryn Cross - GP Training Administrator

Kathryn has worked with the Derby GP Training Programme for many years, having working in the NHS for over 32 years. She previously worked in the Medical Library and the Postgraduate Office.

Her responsibilities include administering the Half Day Release Programmes for all three year groups and arranging the Trainers Workshops and Annual Conferences.

Tel: 01332 785202     Email:

Sarah Hodgkinson - GP Training Administrator

Sarah has worked with the Derby GP Training Programme for over 7 years, with a total of over 20 years of NHS experience. Her previous role was in Surgical Medical Staffing, so she has a lot of valuable experience with rotations and rotas.

In the team, Sarah leads on rotation planning for all trainees including those on less than full time working contracts, administering the eportfolio and ARCP reviews and panels, and arranging GP refresher courses.

Tel: 01332 785202     Email:

Val Line - GP Training Administrator

With over 15 years NHS experience, Val has spent the last 7 years with the Derby GP Specialty Training Programme. Her previous role was at Derwent Shared Services supporting the IMT department to run IT Training courses and seminars for Primary Care settings.

Her role in the team includes taking responsibility for Curriculum Study Leave, any finance related administration and arranging a selection of courses for GP Trainees and the Derby new GP (nGP) Group.

Tel: 01332 785202     Email:




Andy Lindop - Programme Director

Andy trained at Sheffield where he met and married Biddy, a fellow GP. He graduated in 1981. After completing GP Training, he worked in Liverpool in an inner city two man practice for 5 years before moving to Wirksworth, a rural practice in the White Peak, where he has been for 25 years. Andy has been a Programme Director with the Derby programme for 20 years.

He has six kids so comes to work for some peace. He likes to run for the same reason. He considers himself a true generalist and old fashioned family doctor, but does have a special interest in Sports and Exercise/Musculoskeletal medicine. Andy is in charge of tea bags and healthy cynicism at the scheme office, useless at most other things, but especially emails. His passion lies very much in teaching but equally enjoys working with a really dedicated and friendly team.


Stuart Holloway - Programme Director

Stuart Holloway graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1993 and went on to train in medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, Ipswich Hospital and the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary before entering GP Training in 1995, graduating with Distinction in 1998 and joining the Partnership at Macklin Street Surgery the same year. He became Managing Partner in 2010 and Senior Partner in 2013.

Stuart is a GP Trainer, a Teaching Fellow of the University of Nottingham and a GP Appraiser. He has been a Programme Director for the Derby GP Specialty Training Programme for over 5 years. He has worked as an examiner for the University of Nottingham, as an Assessor, Moderator and Moderator Assessor for the East Midlands Selection Centre for GP Training. Stuart also currently serves on the Derbyshire General Practice Workforce, Education and Training Group. On a voluntary basis, Stuart provides support to sixth form students applying to read medicine.

He strives to promote an ethos of high quality medical care combined with the provision of multi-professional medical education.

In his spare time Stuart plays flute in a local chamber ensemble, sings with a local choral society, works as a steward at Derby Cathedral and beyond all else enjoys time with his wife, daughter and son, Welsh Springer Spaniel and Flat Coated Retriever. He also bakes a good fruit cake.

Surgery Tel: 01332 340381     Email:

Sarah Milner - Programme Director

Dr Sarah Milner trained at Nottingham Medical School and subsequently the Chesterfield GP Vocational Training Scheme.

Having been a GP partner at the Ripley Medical Centre for 15 years, she became a salaried GP for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust when the practice merged with DCHS in 2016.

Dr Milner has been involved with medical education in the practice since 2005 for medical students, GP trainees and a variety of allied health professionals, and was pleased to join the team of Programme Directors for the Derby GP Training Scheme in 2017.

As an early trend setter of having children during training, she has juggled family life and work for many years, and therefore has a bit of a soft spot for flexible trainees.

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