Meet the Team

Dr Kamilla Porter - Clinical Lead - EPIC WD

Dr Kamilla K Porter

Clinical Lead

Kamilla has been practising as a GP in South Essex since 2007. In 2012 she joined EQUIP as Sessional GP Lead and became Clinical Lead in April 2015.

She qualified from University College London Medical School and also undertook a BSc in the History of Medicine. Taking a year out to study the development of medicine from ancient times to the modern age, including the establishment of the NHS, was a formative time in her training and inspired her to question the status quo of health care. After a variety of hospital posts she completed the Chelsea and Westminster vocational training scheme in 2004.

Kamilla has a broad experience of general practice, having worked as a Flexible Career Scheme doctor, a clinical assistant in rheumatology, a locum and for the out of hours service. She has been an active member of South Essex LMC since 2010 and served as Vice-chair for 3 years and Chair  from June 2014-June 2015.

She developed her interests in medical writing and education as an undergraduate and spent her two month elective period at the British Medical Journal. She has written for GP magazine and the Medical Protection Society and established a South Essex GP self-directed learning group.

Lucy Archer – Nurse Training Facilitator - EPIC WD

Lucy Archer - RN, DipN, MSc

Nurse Training Facilitator

Lucy is an independent Advanced Nurse Practitioner with a special interest in cardiology. She currently works on a consultancy basis as a clinical nurse specialist and clinical consultant, as well as developing and delivering education and training for pre and post registration nurses, healthcare assistants and non-clinical staff in primary care. Lucy is also a member of the RCN General Practice Nursing Forum steering committee.

Previously she was the Clinical Lead for Cardiac Services in North East Essex for 11 years. She was also a clinical consultant for the Essex Cardiac and Stroke Network for 3 years, supporting the strategic development of cardiology services across Essex.

Linda Grimstead

Business Development Manager

Linda has worked for the NHS for 25 years and prior to this worked for the Essex Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Linda was instrumental in setting up, with Dr John Guy, the Essex Medical Audit Advisory Group, GP Education in Essex and EQUIP. Linda also spent three years on secondment to Basildon PCT where she set up the Teaching PCT which included working with the Prince’s Trust and Trident to promote the NHS as an employer to school children. On her return to EQUIP, Linda has continued to work with schools in promoting the NHS as an employer and volunteering as an interview mentor to improve young people’s employment chances.

Linda manages EQUIP and leads on all aspects of its development including the negotiations for the contract to establish and manage the EPIC Workforce Development project which she sees as an exciting and challenging next step in the recruitment and retention of professional staff across Essex.

Linda has devoted considerable time to establishing EQUIP’s extensive networks and support from Primary Care across Essex. She oversees a dedicated team that have enabled the organisation to flourish and take on many challenges. Linda welcomes the opportunities the EPIC Workforce Development project brings to provide additional support to Primary Care staff in Essex and ultimately improve patient care.

Karen Morris – Administrator - EPIC WD

Karen Morris

Administrator

Karen trained as a draughtsperson in the Essex County Council Architects Department after leaving school learning all aspects of drawing techniques.  She then moved to Central London and worked in Marine coastal engineering and Highways engineering for a large Saudi based consultancy.

Karen changed career and joined the family catering and hospitality business before travelling abroad and volunteering in Israel.

Returning home Karen worked in the heating and air-conditioning industry for many years in various departments including drawing office, administration, reception, and customer service departments.

Karen has joined EPIC Workforce Development to assist the team with all their administration needs.