What we do

The Open Doors team is employed by Tower Hamlets GP Care Group.

The team provides nurse education, support, supervision, and assessment to nurses and health care assistants working for general practice teams in Tower Hamlets and others in frontline patient care. The team works alongside the local Tower Hamlets Training Hub in the borough. 

Our experience and achievements

The whole team is qualified and experienced nurses with a background of working in primary care. The four part-time Clinical Tutors, who are all Practice Nurses or Advanced Nurse Practitioners, have clinical roles in General Practice settings as well as their teaching roles for Open Doors. 

The Open Doors Programme has been running since 2008 and has trained over 60 new practice nurses.  The team also delivers courses to HCAs and care home staff including the Care Certificate and clinical skills.

The team won the HENCEL Quality Award for Excellence in Widening Participation and Wider Workforce Development in 2014.

A day in the life of a General Practice Nurse

Meet the team

Helen Simpson

Education and Development Manager, RN, RM, RSCPHN

Helen joined the NHS in 1993 and has worked in clinical, teaching, and strategic roles in primary and secondary care and Higher Education. Her qualifications include NMC recorded teacher and nurse prescriber. Helen's work achievements include several publications, receiving a Merit Award, and being a runner-up during the National Leadership Programme for innovation and creativity. Helen is passionate about high-quality care and professional behaviour and feels strongly about supporting the education of nurses and other health care professionals.

Sally White

BA (Hons) Adult Nursing, MSc Advanced practice in critical care, PG Dip in Primary care nursing

Sally has been with the Open Doors team since May 2020 and has worked as a practice nurse in Tower Hamlets since 2016. She has a special interest in respiratory, and prior to her current role, she worked in Accident and Emergency. Sally is passionate about teaching nurses and HCSW’s to deliver high-quality care within our diverse community.

Kelly Fletcher

Clinical Tutor, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kelly began working in general practice in 2016. She is a lead nurse with postgraduate qualifications in diabetes, asthma/COPD, and advanced clinical practice. Kelly has experience working in a PCN leadership role, and her goal as a Clinical Tutor is to contribute to a system that develops a confident and competent workforce that feels valued and ready to inspire future generations of general practice nurses. Within the Open Doors team, Kelly facilitates ALG, HCA PLT, and weekly student sessions.

Natalie Brown

Clinical Tutor, BSc (Hons) Audiology, PGDip Adult Nursing, PGDip Primary Care

Natalie has a varied background, completing a BSc in Audiology before transitioning to Adult Nursing in 2014. She entered primary care initially as a trainee on the Open Doors Programme and joined the team as a Clinical Tutor at the end of 2020. Natalie is about to complete her PGDip in Advanced Clinical Practice and is aiming to complete her MSc in 2022.

Jacqui Hodgson

RGN, Queens Nurse, PgCert (Teachers in Primary Care)

Jacqui has worked in primary care since 1995 and is an experienced educator. She is proud to be a Queens Nurse awarded for dedication to patient care, multi-professional education, and leadership. She joined the Open Doors Team in Feb 2021 and supports student GPNs in practice. She is responsible for the Health Care Assistants Care Certificate and Clinical Skills training and works clinically in Barnet.

Contact us

Contact us If you have any enquiries, please contact the Education and Development Manager, Helen Simpson

Helen.simpson33@nhs.net