Dr Laura Godfrey
I completed my medical training in 2001 at the University of Birmingham and moved to Dorset in 2002 to complete my GP Training. From February 2006 I worked as a GP in Purbeck for 9 years and I developed a particular interest in the management of frail and complex patients by working part time in community hospitals too. In April 2015 I started work for WECS as Lead GP and have enjoyed evolving this service over time to streamline and improve care. I love living in Dorset with my family and enjoy hiking, running and mountain biking in my spare time.
Dr Elizabeth Jones
I undertook my medical training at University College London, qualifying in 2005. I completed my GP training in Dorchester and have been working as a GP in Purbeck and West Dorset since 2010. In that time I have worked in community hospitals as well as setting up a frailty service in the practices I have worked out. I have been working for WECS since January 2019 and enjoy being part of the team supporting patients in their own homes as well as in residential or nursing homes.
Frailty Practitioner Team
I completed my nurse training in The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service in Plymouth in 1982. Since moving to Dorset in 1999 I have worked in community hospitals and as District Nurse Team Lead in Weymouth. I joined the WECS service in 2017 as a Frailty Nurse Practitioner. I have enjoyed being a part of developing this team, and we continue to develop
I completed my Registered Nurse Training in 1987 and worked in various hospitals for 8 years. I then moved into General Practice and was a Practice Nurse for 19 years, with a specific interest in COPD and Asthma. I am an Independent and Supplementary Prescriber. I also particularly enjoy working with the Elderly and I joined the WECS service in June 2018 as a frailty practitioner, caring for the housebound patients. I enjoy walking in the Dorset countryside and I am an avid reader.
I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2006 in Lancashire and I have worked in the UK and abroad in a variety of settings. I have now settled in beautiful Dorset and have been part of the WECS team since February 2019. I feel we really can make a difference to those living in their own homes or in a care home. In my spare time I enjoy running and dog walking.
I have been a Nurse for over 30 years, having completed my Nurse Training at King’s College Hospital in London. Since then I have worked in many varied environments developing an eclectic background of experience! Initially in Emergency and urgent care but more recently in primary and community care. I qualified as an Emergency Care Practitioner in 2005 at Bournemouth. I have gone on to develop knowledge in Frailty, long term conditions, palliative and End of Life care gained from working across Community settings in Speciality and care Home settings. I remain passionate about the value of nursing to the patient and I completed my non medical prescribing course in 2019. I have also worked as a paramedic within the London and South West Ambulance services
I qualified as a Paramedic at Bournemouth University in 2009. I have worked as a Paramedic in Weymouth and Portland for South Western Ambulance Service for 12 years. In this time, I have gained interest and experience in primary care. I started working as a Bank Community Acute Response Practitioner for the MUCS team in Weymouth and Portland. I have since started working with the WECS team from November 2021.
I completed my nurse training at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in 1998. Since then I have worked in a variety of settings including; large teaching hospitals, primary care and community services. These varied roles have contributed to me developing a specialist interest in diabetes management, which led me to working, most recently, as a Community Diabetes Specialist Nurse where my interest in frailty began, ensuring people receive the right care in the right place. I have continued my post registration education and I am currently working towards an Advanced Clinical Practice qualification. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs, paddleboarding and swimming
The Frailty assistants work with community teams as well as with WECS.
Frailty Occupational Therapist
I completed my Occupational Therapy (OT) training at Bournemouth University in 2014. Prior to the completion of my training I worked in the community for a number of years in different roles including a rehabilitation assistant role and district nurse assistant role. Over the years I have worked in different teams located across North Dorset, Purbecks, West Dorset and Somerset. Following the completion of my OT training I worked in an acute hospital as a Junior OT and returned to the community as a Senior OT in a couple of different integrated community rehabilitation teams across Dorset. Providing therapy assessments in patient’s own homes. Frailty, palliative care, admission avoidance and rehabilitation are things that I am extremely passionate about. I believe wherever possible, patients should be supported in their own home environment. I joined WECS in October 2021 as a Frailty Occupational Therapist.
In my spare time I am often found with my family walking, kayaking or paddle boarding along the South Coast.