Who we are

Dr Chantal Simon (Executive Editor)

I was involved in setting up InnovAiT and have been its inaugural editor since 2007. I completed my GP training in 1995, and am currently a part-time GP partner in a two-centre training practice in Dorset serving a very mixed population. I have the role of prescribing lead within the practice.

Apart from InnovAiT, many of you will also know me as the founder editor of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice, but perhaps you will not know that I spent 10 years researching how carers could be better supported in primary care, gaining a PhD along the way, and have taken that work forwards within the RCGP Supporting Carers in Primary Care project. My most recent project has been as a lead writer with the RCGP bid to extend and enhance GP training.

Most importantly, I am a Mum of three children – now all teenagers – and have a menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, chickens and fish. I like nothing better than walking in the New Forest (where I live) or sailing off the South Coast……although I also have a passion for skiing and food!

Dr Danielle Peet (Deputy Editor)

I am a salaried GP in North Manchester. After writing for ‘from the AiT’ and ‘from the newly qualified GP’, I’m now Deputy Editor.

I qualified in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005 and did my GP training with Northumbria VTS, completing in 2010. I’m originally from the north-west so decided to move back closer to family.

After initially doing what the majority of newly qualified GPs do – locum – I eventually found a nice practice to continue the steep learning curve of being an independent GP. I’ve developed an interest in LARC insertion; mainly to retain some practical skills as a complement of usual surgeries. I do some teaching at Manchester university and within practice.

As a complete aside I also work for a charity ‘Freedom from Torture’ writing and editing Medico-Legal Reports for asylum seekers. This works well with normal practice and is completely different from working in the NHS.

I’m newly married to an Actor so can also be found directing scenes to ensure medical accuracy.

Dr Nazia Hussain (Junior Editor)

I am a sessional GP in South Wales and am the Junior Editor. Having qualified from Cardiff University in 2005, I followed the straight and narrow path through general practice: I finally qualified in 2010. My personal interests are family planning and women’s health. Working as a locum provides an interesting variety of both practices and patients.

Outside work, you will find me baking countless calories of delicious indulgence, and then frantically running to work those menacing calories off again. Just in case, this year I am also dabbling in dress-making.

Dr Clare Etherington (Senior News and Views Editor)

I am a GP in Harrow, Middlesex. I run the baby clinic and have a special interest in womens health. I have always been interested in education and am a trainer, GP tutor, CSA and iMap examiner. I am the Senior News and Views Editor, and write and online learning sessions, for example womens health sessions for e-LFH and self-care of minor ailments for the RCGP. I feel evangelical about the care given to practitioner patients and am one of the trainers on the Health for Healthcare Practitioners Programme.

Outside work, I am married with two children and three cats. I go running, walk in the Chilterns and have an allotment. I love cooking and eating; hence the need for the exercise.

Dr Emma Nash (e-Media Editor)

I am a 5 session GP Partner in Portchester, Hampshire. I edit the InnovAiT Blog and Twitter feed, and have recently joined the News and Views team. I am also one of the e-Learning Development Fellows for the RCGP. Having qualified from the University of Leicester in 2002, I followed a somewhat meandering career path, subsequently qualifying as a GP in 2010. My particular clinical interests are mental health and rheumatology. I am also passionate about medical education and spent time as a Clinical Education Fellow at the University of Warwick. I currently hold the position of Medical Education Fellow within Wessex Deanery and I am a Programme Director for Portsmouth & Isle of Wight GPVTS.

Work is a pleasant respite from the chaotic world of juggling three young children and a radiologist husband. Between nappies, tantrums and Wii games, I can be found revelling in the glorious countryside and coastlines of Hampshire and West Sussex.

Dr Michael Nandakumar (Senior AKT Editor)

I am a GP in inner city Nottingham. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2003, I gained experience in a variety of acute specialties and qualified as a GP in 2008. I write the monthly Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) questions for InnovAiT, alongside Dr Ranbir Rajput and Dr Sean McDermott.

My clinical interests include dermatology and acute medicine, and I work regular Out of Hours sessions where I act as a clinical supervisor for GP speciality registrars. I enjoy a broad mix of both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. I am a clinical tutor at the University of Leicester, and have been a lecturer on a popular MRCP clinical revision course since 2007. With a colleague, I have recently written the Communication Skills and Ethics chapter of the Oxford Pocketbook for PACES.

Outside of medicine I have a passion for Japanese cuisine, and armed with my bamboo rolling mat I am now thoroughly hooked on sushi-making. I am also a keen squash player, and each summer I run in the local Robin Hood half-marathon – purely for the race-day banter.

Sean McDermott (AKT Editor)

Having qualified from the Queens University Belfast in 2006 I completed my GP training in August 2011. I am based in Northern Ireland and I’m currently finding my feet in my first year as a fully-fledged locum GP.

I am the Assistant AKT Editor for InnovAiT, helping compose and peer review questions for InnovAiT on a monthly basis.

In my spare time I continue to play football for my local gaelic football team. I also have an interest in sports medicine having provided medical cover for the Armagh county football team as well as Portadown FC in the Irish premier league. I am also currently involved in the cardiac screening of inter-county footballers and hurlers in Northern Ireland.

Dr Emma Harris (Crammer’s Corner)

I am a GP partner at a small rural practice in West Meon, Hampshire. I contribute to the ‘Crammers Corner’ and ’10 minutes’ columns and help mentor new authors. Clinically I am very much a generalist but have interests in family planning, men’s health and adolescent health.I enjoy mentoring GP trainees and medical students and am currently consolidating thins interest in medical education by undertaking the GP trainer’s course. When time allows I enjoy spending time with my expanding family, travelling and tackling never-ending house renovations.

 Dr Claudia Newbegin (‘From the new GP’)

After studying in Cambridge and then Oxford, I spent my first four years as a doctor in Edinburgh. I transferred down to Newcastle part way through my GP training scheme and completed my registrar training in Fawdon. I wrote the ‘From the registrar’ column, a position I applied for when I was feeling thoughtful during my first maternity leave. Having completed my training I have now taken over the ‘From the new GP’ spot. My interests include medical ethics and the role of medicine in public life.

I have two young children but hope to regain some sanity soon by walking in the wilds of Northumberland and playing a spot of tennis.

Dr Simon Glew (Podcast Editor)

I am a ST4 GP trainee in Brighton. I graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008 and have been developing my interests in medical education and primary care research since then through my post as an Academic Clinical Fellow with Brighton and Sussex Medical School. I am the Podcast Editor for InnovAiT and, together with Charlotte Jardine at SAGE publishing, produce this exciting new venture for the journal. I am keen to make the podcasts as interesting, helpful, relevant and interactive as possible for trainees and First5 GPs. I welcome volunteer interviewers and segment contributors to contact me with their ideas and enthusiasm! In my spare time I cycle, swim, play guitar and perform whatever maintenance challenges my flat decides are necessary.

 Dr Alice Shiner (Guest Editor)

I trained in medicine at the University of Manchester, qualifying in 2003. During training I intercalated for a year at University College London, during which time I gained a Bachelor of Science in International Health Studies. Following qualification I worked in a number of posts around North West England and also spent a year working in New Zealand, gaining experience in medicine, A&E and public health. I made a decision to follow a career in General Practice in 2006 and returned to my native county of Norfolk to train in General Practice with the Norwich Vocational Training Scheme, gaining membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2008.

I currently work as a part-time Principal at a practice in Norwich, having previously been a trainee and salaried GP at the same practice. In also work part-time as an Associate Tutor at the University of East Anglia Medical School. I have a great enthusiasm for learning and education; in 2011 I gained a Masters in Clinical Education and alongside medical student teaching I have helped to run GP training and RCGP faculty education events.

I became involved with InnovAiT in 2008, after acceptance of my paper: ‘Self harm in adolescence’. Following this I was invited to review papers, which I took to with zeal, and slowly my work with the journal snowballed; further papers and an increasing number of reviews followed, and in 2009 I was appointed as an ‘Honorary Board Member’. In 2011 this evolved into ‘Junior Editor’, and then a further step to the post of ‘Deputy Editor’ in January 2012.

When I can find time away from work I enjoy travelling (around the country…and the globe, when time allows!), and the company of good friends and family.

Dr Roger Tisi (Guest Editor)


I’m a full time GP partner in Rayleigh, Essex and a programme director on the Southend GP training scheme.  I’ve been an examiner for the RCGP for the past 8 years and presently work as a CSA examiner trainer (and yes, trying to work with some of the most talented / opinionated GPs in the country is every bit as challenging as it sounds!).

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in medical education for most of my career, working with some highly inspirational people along the way.  I’ve managed to persuade some of them to write for the Crammer’s Corner page of InnovAiT, and we have tried to make this page helpful to those approaching the components of the MRCGP whilst debunking some of the myths that have grown up around them.

In between doing all of this stuff, I sometimes see patients. I know in my heart that most of them would smile at the idea that I might be trusted in any sort of educational role.