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Practice Nurses... working alongside the Doctors.

Practice Nurses work closely alongside the doctors and are available for advice by appointment during the day.

Seeing a Practice Nurse is often the best way of having your condition assessed quickly and some Practice Nurses are qualified to prescribe medicines as and when required.

Practice Nurses are responsible for general nursing, immunisation, cervical smears, family planning and special clinics for the management of Asthma, Diabetes, COPD, Hypertension and specialist Travel clinics. All Immunisation, testing and clinics are by appointment.

More on the Clinics offered by the Practice can found on our clinics page.

Your Practice Nurses and Health Care Assistants by Name

The Amherst Medical Practice presently has 8 Practice Nurses and 3 Health Care Assistants.

For telephone advice, the times that nurses take phone calls are...

At Sevenoaks - Monday to Friday, 14.00 to 14.30

Monday Travel
Tuesday Paediatrics and general immunisations
Wednesday Travel
Thursday General advice and immunisations
Friday General advice and immunisations

Rebecca Adams RN (Clinical)

Rebecca Adams RNI trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and qualified in 1996 specialising in paediatrics.

I initially worked on the children’s cardiac unit and then, for a short time, on the renal transplant unit.  I further specialised in care of the critically ill child and worked on the PICU at the Royal Brompton for 5 years.

I moved to Sevenoaks in 2006 and joined Amherst in 2012, since then my scope of practice has changed considerably. In 2016 I completed the Women’s Health diploma and

I am currently studying two further modules - consultation & clinical examination and minor illness and injury.    

Living and working in Sevenoaks is a perfect mix for family life and I thoroughly enjoy getting to know our patients and their families.

Susie Brunning RGN

Susie BrunningAfter completing my degree in nursing in Wales in 1998, I worked at the Charing Cross hospital in Hammersmith on a Plastic Surgery and ENT ward. Whilst there, I obtained my HDU, and Burns & Plastics qualifications.

In 2001, I went travelling for two years, during which I worked in a variety of specialities including burns, plastics, orthopaedics, paediatrics, and care of the elderly, across Australia and New Zealand. On my return to the UK, I continued to work on plastic surgery wards, at the Royal Marsden and St. Thomas’ in London.

In 2006, I left shift work and became the plastic surgery pre-operative assessment sister at Bart’s and The London. I worked there for nine years until this job opportunity arose.

I live in Sevenoaks with my husband and two young children so this job is perfect for family life. I joined the practice in 2015, and I have loved getting back to wound care and am thoroughly enjoying being part of the Amherst team.

Joanna Clifton RGN

Joanna CliftonI trained at Guildford and Brighton Universities, working at both East Surrey and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals.

I qualified in 2007 and went straight in to Community Nursing in Surrey. I then moved into Practice Nursing in 2010 within the same GP Practice where I was community based.

I had a short break due to family commitments but I am back working where I feel most comfortable, providing family based nursing care.

Gareth Johnson BScHons

Gareth JohnsonI qualified in 2011 from Middlesex University with a degree in Adult Nursing. I worked for 4 years in acute care at Maidstone Hospital working in various departments from Accident and Emergency to Acute Medical care.

In 2015 1 commenced working as a Practice Nurse at Woodlands Health Centre and then moved into a disability analyst role which consisted of me assessing people for the PIP benefit before deciding I missed patient contact and wanted to get back practice nursing again. I am delighted I have this position as the Amherst Medical Practice.

I grew up in Paddock Wood and live in Matfield with my partner.

I enjoy running, gardening, history and spending times with friends and family. I am also a local scout leader for the Low Weald Explorer Scout unit in Paddock Wood.

Rosemary Jones RGN, Diploma in Orthopaedics, P.N. Diploma, Triage and Minor Illness Certificate Diploma in Diabetes and Independent Prescriber

Rosemary Jones RGNI have worked within the NHS for 43 years. The last 16 years at Amherst Medical Practice starting in 1997 as a Practice Nurse.

My present role within the practice is as a Diabetic Nurse Specialist although I still maintain other nursing duties when required. I live in Pembury with my son who keeps me very busy.

Alison Wertheim RGN

Alison WertheimI trained at Guys Hospital London where I worked before traveling and working in Australia for 3 years. After moving to Sevenoaks in 1998 and spending time at home with my 3 children I returned to nursing and worked at Hospice in the Weald.

I have worked as a school nurse at Walthanstow Hall and latterly as Senior School nurse at Sevenoaks School until 2013 when I joined the Amherst I enjoy the variety within general practice and my areas of interest are Asthma and COPD.

Jan Woolley RGN OND (Hons) BSC (Hons), Nurse Practitioner Dip Asthma Dip COPD Nurse Prescriber

Jan WoolleyI completed my general nurse training at The Royal London Hospital in 1979, after which I spent some time staffing at St Thomas Hospital, before completing my ophthalmic nursing diploma and casualty training at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

My next few years were spent working at Queen Marys Hospital in Sidcup, before a career break spent looking after my 2 young sons.

My practice nursing career began at Yalding Surgery, where I worked for approx 3 years before joining the nursing team at the Amherst in 1999.

My role is now that of Lead Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, having completed a BSc with the Royal College of Nursing Institute at South Bank University where I graduated with a first.

My mornings are taken up with Nurse Practitioner clinics for patients requiring on the day appointments for any acute illnesses and the afternoons, with respiratory clinics, which is an area of particular interest of mine.

My interests outside work are country walking, dancing, keeping fit and music.

Sarah Taplin - Health Care Assistant

Susie BrunningI qualified as a midwife in Leicester, and began working for the NHS in 2009. 

Following relocation back to Sevenoaks and having had 2 children, I had a career break to look after my young family. 

I am delighted to have joined the team at Amherst as a HCA, and look forward to further developing my career in healthcare.

Tina Taylor - Health Care Assistant

Tina TaylorI began my career working for the NHS in 1997 as part of the School Nursing Team working in the community.

I joined the Amherst in 2002 where my role has greatly expanded.

During the last 3 years I have been greatly involved in helping run the warfarin clinic.

I have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. I live locally with my husband and daughter.

Lynne Valder - Health Care Assistant

Lynne ValderMy nursing career has now spanned thirty-five years working continuously in the National Health Service.

In July 1969 I began my employment within Sevenoaks Hospital but in the summer of 1978 my future changed direction when I joined the Community Nursing Team. At this time I was allocated patients from the Sevenoaks GP practices until 1990 when I began to work solely for the Amherst Medical Practice. I am delighted to be working with the AMP team and am based in Sevenoaks.

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