Meet the Team

DEN-S is brought to you by the GP Task Force, Derbyshire in association with the Chesterfield GPST Training Scheme.

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Clinical Leads

North Derbyshire

Dr Ruth Dils

I’ve been a doctor for over twenty years and a GP in Derbyshire since 2005. In that time I’ve worked as a salaried GP in a rural practice, been a partner in a deprived urban one, a locum (back at the rural practice), and following a life-changing skiing accident last year, I’m back as a salaried doctor again.
I was a trainer for many years, and enjoy (small group) teaching, and being taught.
I’ve been a member of the Derbyshire LMC since 2009, so understand how difficult it can be to enjoy work and feel valued as a GP in the current climate.
I’m immensely proud to have been asked to help run the group as Ilona starts to step down. I’m new to chairing meetings-please be patient. I’m on more familiar territory networking during the tea break; please come and introduce yourself. It’s more important than ever that we don’t feel isolated at work, so whilst the group is primarily educational, coming along will enable you to meet lots of other GPs, and hopefully feel more supported.

South Derbyshire

Dr Julie Carson

Admin support

Louise Thornley & Andrea How

Louise and Andrea provide administrative support for the DEN Sessions.

Founding Team

Dr Ilona Bendefy and Sarah Bradley

The current team owe a huge debt of gratitude to Ilona and Sarah for their tireless work in starting the original DerbyshireCPD sessional education group in Chesterfield. Working on a shoestring budget with nothing but a passion for looking after GPs they managed to create a supportive network that continues to this day. Thank you both.