• Dot Walker

    Programme support manager

    Dot has extensive experience of working in the public, private and third sector and has worked in the primary care health sector for many years, mostly on the inequalities agenda.
    Dot secured significant funding to recruit and manage a specialist team to increase access to sexual health and contraception services and develop a programme of sex and relationships education across the borough, in line with national best practice . She led the review of services and, in addition to service users, parents and carers and potential service users, recruited, trained and supported young people as evaluators to ensure they were engaged in service development and redesign. She also developed and facilitated multi-agency, multi-disciplinary training for all staff and volunteers in both clinical and non clinical services plus an ongoing personal development programme. which helped engage and retain a wide range of health and other professionals at strategic and operational level.
    Dot‘s role transferred to the local authority, along with the responsibility for commissioning public health initiatives where she provided consultation and training to the leadership team and elected members on their roles and responsibilities and an understanding of health policy and legislation. She managed a substantial budget and project-managed a complex strategy that impacted on her own and partner organisations’ financial and human resources so establishing productive relationships, effective negotiation, influencing and communication skills were key.
    As PCC’s programme support manager for the north, Midlands and east Dot supports the whole team and her key role includes day to day communication with CCGs ensuring that they understand the full range of support available to them . More recently she has been involved with the northern transformation project and is now part of the public and patient participation team.
  • Mike Simpson


    Since joining PCC, Mike set up a regional work programme and organised regular monthly network meetings for 14 Yorkshire and Humber PCTs, supporting them in their primary care commissioning and monitoring role. Mike provides primary care finance and premises support to PCTs and answers queries that are received through that helpdesk. He is involved with the DH, the NHS Pensions Agency and the dental services division of the BSA regarding potential changes to regulations concerning dental pensions. He recently joined the PCC dental team and is involved with the financial aspects of the dental pilot programme.

  • Poppy Tipton

    Assistant adviser

    Poppy has worked in the primary care health sector for many years. 
    As adviser for the north, she advises area teams and CCGs on commissioning and contracting across the four primary care professions.
    Poppy has previously worked for area teams, a primary care support service and a PCT and has been involved in all of the four primary care domains. She has worked extensively on medical and optometry contractual matters such as content and variations regarding APMS/PMS/nGMS and GOS contracts.
    She has also successfully implemented various government policies such as the DES and service redesign of LES schemes.
    Her experience of working with primary care professionals includes GPs, optometrists, pharmacists at organisational and board level.
  • Sarah Turtle


    Sarah joined PCC as a programme support manager in early 2014 where she had worked for Isle of Wight Council, CCG and NHS trust for six years starting as an information officer working in the finance and performance department, CCG performance analyst and specialist  public health information analyst.
    In these roles Sarah provided interpretation of complex datasets in support of major strategic projects involving benchmarking, performance monitoring and needs assessments.  She has experience presenting and collaborating with a wide number of organisations, including Public Health England, NHS England, ONS, ChiMat, SCUs and local authorities.
    Sarah provided regular monitoring and analysis on SLAs for the CCG and worked with practices to help them reduce referrals and emergency admissions.  She also provided regular training for practices to GPs, practice managers and data clerks on the use of reporting tools, developing training programmes to meet the gaps in knowledge and skills and facilitated at stakeholder events and workshops.
    Since joining PCC, Sarah has worked on a variety of projects supporting commissioners and providers, delivering pharmaceutical needs assessments for local authorities, facilitating primary care co-commissioning and PCC’s federation workshops.