About Us

The Project is run by a Community Interest Company as a non-profit organisation with assets locked to a Registered Charity which works in support of Refugee Doctors.

In recent years, the number of refugees coming to the UK, particularly from the Middle East and Africa, has increased, and the BMA currently has details of over 600 Refugee Doctors in the UK, a small number of whom are now working in the NHS.

In the same time frame, recruitment to both Primary and Secondary Care training places has decreased, particularly in the East Midlands, and the number of doctors leaving the NHS has increased, both as an effect of early retirement from NHS practice, and emigration abroad. There has never been greater need for more doctors to be recruited to work in the NHS.

The Lincolnshire Refugee Doctor Project has three main aims:

To recruit Refugee Doctors to Lincolnshire, to support them within the community here, to provide them with the skills and knowledge required to satisfy examination in Language and Clinical Skills, and to allow them to practice safely as medical practitioners in the UK.

To give Refugee Doctors a meaningful experience of being valued in the health community of Lincolnshire.

Benefits:

The programme will deliver these benefits:

  1. Humanitarian support to refugee doctors and their families
  2. Humanitarian opportunities for people and organisations in Lincolnshire to help refugee families
  3. Workforce stabilisation: creating a further source of doctors for a struggling community where doctors retiring and leaving far outnumber new doctors arising
  4. Workforce diversification and development, inclusion of a pool of doctors with very different stories and journeys into the Lincolnshire medical environment
Meet The Team
Learning & Development Co-ordinator

Emma Riley

Learning & Development Co-ordinator

Emma is originally from Cleethorpes in North East Lincolnshire. She completed her degree in French and German before working mainly in book and magazine editing and project management roles in London and Edinburgh. She also lived and worked in France and Germany. In recent years, Emma decided to return to Lincolnshire to raise her family.

‘” feel extremely privileged and proud to be involved in this project. I am very much looking forward to seeing the positive results it will bring about – not only for the Refugee Doctors who will be given this opportunity to rebuild their lives, but also for our own area of North East Lincolnshire, which desperately needs more Doctors.”

Clinical Lead

Dr. Ajay Chawla

Clinical Lead

“It is a great opportunity to be associated with LRDP and work with very committed and talented refugee doctors to help them to integrate and work in the UK system.”

Director of Operations

Ruth Ingamells

Director of Operations

Ruth joins us with 15 years experience as a Regional Director working within the statutory and non-statutory advocacy field in the third sector, and 5 years working within Operations and Contracts Management (NHS outsourcing) for a large private healthcare provider. Since becoming a Lincolnshire resident in 1998, she has been passionate about ensuring those living in rural communities have good access to healthcare and has been part of a number of patient experience groups looking at shaping services that can be available to all.

“I am delighted to work with LRDP to help drive this initiative forward.  North and Greater Lincolnshire continually have unfilled vacancies and there are many refugee Doctors who have the skills to fill some of them, so I am proud to help support putting the two together for the benefit of all concerned”

Deputy Operations Director

Simon Behan

Deputy Operations Director

Simon has in excess of 12 years working within the healthcare arena, he is a senior manager with significant experience in Resourcing, Human Resources and Operational Management in a career spanning over 30 years.

“ I am privileged to work with an organisation that will make a significant positive influence to the lives of our different communities within North East Lincolnshire and the county of Lincolnshire as a whole”

Programme Administrator

Carol Hornsey

Programme Administrator

Carol comes to the project with a background of over 30 + years NHS experience, which includes clinical roles as a Senior nurse and midwife as well as various senior management roles.  Governance and in particular patient safety has always been her passion as well as ensuring safe local services are shaped by patient experience/involvement.

“Following early retirement from the NHS, working in this project supporting refugees to successfully register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and see them go on to work locally as doctors in the NHS, is a true joy. The doctors we support are truly inspirational and their dedication never fails to make me feel so proud of being involved in this wonderful project.”

Board of Directors
Chairman

Vince Ion

Chairman

Vince is a former Health Visitor who has a long background in NHS health education, and who now runs a social enterprise company. He is a devoted Everton supporter.
Vince has the responsibility for marketing, communications and quality standards.

Andrew North

Andrew North

Andrew is former Chief Executive of both North Lincs & Goole and United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.
Andrew has the responsibility of the finances and the structure of the programme.

Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson

Ben Hudson is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Lincoln. Ben is co-founder of Lincoln City of Sanctuary and a member of the Universities of Sanctuary National Steering Group. Ben is committed to ensuring that the refugee doctors have the support in place that enables them to excel on the programme and in their profession. Prior to his appointment as a Director in February 2019, Ben was an observer to the LRDP Board.

Graham Briggs

Graham Briggs

Graham has lived in Lincolnshire for over 25 years. He is currently the Director of GB HR Limited, an HR and OD Consultancy, and joins us with an extensive career as an NHS HR Director working in Acute Hospitals across Norfolk, Lincolnshire, South and West Yorkshire. Both as a Lincolnshire resident and HR professional Graham has an interest in tackling the doctor shortage across the NHS.

Ruth Ingamells

Ruth Ingamells

Ruth joins us with 15 years experience as a Regional Director working within the statutory and non-statutory advocacy field in the third sector, and 5 years working within Operations and Contracts Management (NHS outsourcing) for a large private healthcare provider. Since becoming a Lincolnshire resident in 1998, she has been passionate about ensuring those living in rural communities have good access to healthcare and has been part of a number of patient experience groups looking at shaping services that can be available to all.

Sue Marris

Sue Marris

I am a GP who is now retired from clinical practice, but still working as an appraiser and mentor for colleagues.

I was asked to provide teaching for the doctors and became interested in offering more of my time to support the Program and its work.

Keith Whitfield

Keith Whitfield

Associate Directors
Jill Guild

Jill Guild

Jill has recently left Health Education England in the East Midlands, and was the Project Manager for the project. She continues as an Associate on the Board.
She has responsibility for liaison with local health education and workforce planning bodies.

Dr. Kieran Sharrock

Dr. Kieran Sharrock

Kieran is Medical Director of Lincolnshire’s Local Medical Committee, and a GP in Spilsby. Kieran is a keen cyclist.
Kieran represents connections to the wider health community.

Tony Hill MBE

Tony Hill MBE

Tony is a former Director of Public Health in both Northern Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County. He is currently leading clinical engagement for the Lincolnshire STP; assisting with the plans for a medical school for Lincolnshire; and mentoring Health and Welbeing Boards for the LGA.”
Tony holds the responsibility working the agencies such as benefits and housing.

Dr. Suganthi Joachim

Dr. Suganthi Joachim

Suganthi is Clinical Director of Anaesthetic Services for United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust (ULHT), and was formally the Director of the Foundation Training Programme in ULHT for doctors entering postgraduate training.
Suganthi holds the lead for the quality of clinical placements, education and training and the GMC regulatory framework.

Dr. Andrew Mowat

Dr. Andrew Mowat

Andrew is Chair of Trustees of BMA Charities, a body which supports refugee doctors. He retired as a GP in Louth and Woodhall Spa in 2015, but continues as a GP Appraiser and Mentor, and is still active in the BMA nationally and locally.
Andrew has the responsibility for seeking funding opportunities and stakeholder engagement.

Our Champions
Show of Hands

Steve Knightley

Show of Hands

“As the husband of a Doctor in General Practice I am well aware of the extraordinary range of skills available to our medical practitioners. It’s fantastic to see these very skills deployed on behalf of fellow doctors who have found themselves uprooted and displaced. I wish the project every success in its attempt to restore refugee doctors back to the calling that first inspired them coming to the aid of their fellow citizens wherever they may be found.”

ex CEO of the Dept. of Health

Sir David Nicholson

ex CEO of the Dept. of Health

“Lincolnshire Refugee Doctors Project is a crucial step to bringing refugees back into work and integrating them into our society. These people are
trained medical professionals who simply need some assistance so they can begin to practice in the NHS”

Show of Hands

Miranda Sykes

Show of Hands

“LRDP’s Crowdfunding campaign enables you all to support this brilliant project, which will increase the number of Doctors available for the population and support Refugees and their families to contribute to your neighbourhood”

Folk Band

Merry Hell

Folk Band

“This project is simply the most obvious thing to support, getting the NHS much needed doctors to support the NHS to deliver the best Healthcare and to help Refugees and their families recover their lives”

Vice Chancellor - Lincoln University

Mary Stuart

Vice Chancellor – Lincoln University

“I am proud to be supporting Lincolnshire Refugee Doctors Project; it’s an incredible initiative that will make a huge difference not only to the lives of refugees but also to the lives of Greater Lincolnshire residents who are struggling due to the shortage of medical professionals in the NHS”

Singer. Songwriter. Activist

Martyn Joseph

Singer. Songwriter. Activist

“I really love what the Lincolnshire Refugees Doctor Project is doing. It not just helps to give sanctuary to those in great need but also allows them to shine in their own right and find their own sense of value as they give back to the local community.”