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BHWC is the first NHS GP practice in the UK to truly integrate complementary therapies and healing arts. We were founded in 2013 as a response to the increasing pressures on the NHS, and in recognition of the fact that conventional medicine does not always hold all the solutions to an person's health concerns. We believe that conventional medicine and other therapies and approaches can work together to support individulas into good health and wellbeing.
Our vision started with grand plans to build a revolutionary new type of health centre on the sea front at Black Rock in Kemptown, but in 2013 the opportunity to take over The Brunswick Surgery came along, and we felt it was an excellent time to pilot many of the ideas we had been planning.
Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews and Practice Manager, Gary Toyne, from The Montpelier Surgery, partnered up with Chris Dance and his team from The Wellbeing Centre in Hove, and the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre was born.
Central to our way of working is listening carefully to our patients wishes, and respecting their choices. We aim to offer a holisitc approach to healthcare with all the compassion and sensitivity of a complementary approach, together with the safety and skill of experienced NHS GPs.
It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.Hippocrates, 460 BC
I was an undergraduate at Southampton University. I initially trained as a Paediatrician at Kingston and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals in London. In 1999 I qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Child Health and Paediatrics.
In 2003 I retrained in General Practice but have maintained a special interest in Child Health. I have three children of my own who are now young teenagers.
I believe passionately that excellent primary care is the cornerstone of providing high quality health care for communities. I have a strong interest in Narrative Medicine and Integrated Medicine, and I am a great admirer the work of Dr Victoria Sweet in San Francisco.
I have taught medical students at Brighton and Sussex Medical Schools and have completed my training with the KSS deanery and started training new GPs at BHWC in 2014.
I believe learning is a lifelong habit. I learn more everyday from the people I see in clinics than I do anywhere else.
My husband runs an ethical African Travel Company. In our spare time we love to travel with our family and we frequently go back to Africa where my husband was raised.
I graduated from Leicester University in 1984 with an economics degree and joined the Marks and Spencer Management trainee scheme. As a commercial management trainee my first store was in the sunny climes of Eastbourne.
My store career came to an end when I joined Lewisham store and decided that I wanted to live and work in London permanently. I applied for a job as a clothes buyer at Marks and Spencer head office in Baker Street. With no apparent skills or training for the job I managed to get it and spent the next 15 years buying everything from shoes to underwear!
I then moved to Brighton in 2001 and worked for a number of charities assisting unemployed people into work before joining Montpelier Surgery in 2008 as the Practice Manager.
In July 2013 I became the first Managing Partner in a GP practice in the city. I am currently the lead manager for the Central Locality at the CCG. I manage the Practice Managers forum for the City and Represent Practice Managers at the Local Medical Committee Forum.