Category: Team Members

Lily Dixon

Lily Dixon

Paramedic Lead

I’m the Primary Care Developmental Lead for Paramedics within the BNSSG area. My role within the hub is to help support and develop paramedics working within primary and community care, and to enable those wishing to move into a primary care role. I also promote to primary care networks the benefits of having a paramedic as part of their clinical team.

I have been a qualified paramedic for ten years, working various roles within the ambulance service before moving into the community four years ago to become an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner in primary care. I complete out-of-hours work and the occasional ambulance shift, too.

I’m passionate about travel and learning about new cultures and cuisines.

Kim Ball

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Placement Expansion Lead / General Practice Nurse Educator (GPNE)

My primary role within BNSSG Training Hub is Placement Expansion Lead. I aim to increase student nurse placements in general practice, exposing students to primary care and showcasing it as a desirable career choice. I am also a General Practice Nurse Educator, leading the Newly Qualified Nurse Fellowship, New to Practice programmes, and being an advocate for the Return to Practice programme.

I am a general practice nurse by background and also undertake additional ad hoc roles, including university lecturer and nurse educator. I am passionate about the future of general practice and access to education for all. In 2020, I was awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.

Outside of work, I am a busy mum to three boys and a Labrador. I enjoy holidays in warmer climates and days out with my family​.

Holly Hardy

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Holly Hardy
Programme Manager

I am the Training Hub’s Clinical Lead, as well as a Postgraduate Associate Dean at the Severn Deanery, a nationally-elected Royal College of GPs council member, and a GP in Bristol — I’ve been a GP for over 20 years, in a variety of roles and settings, having been involved in medical education throughout my career.

My Training Hub and Associate Dean roles involve working on current key issues around training and workforce planning. I believe that in order to face the current challenges around workload and recruitment, we need to look at new ways of working with other healthcare professionals and skill sharing, whilst maintaining the fundamentals of continuity and holistic family practice. The Hub has provided a unique opportunity to work with colleagues across the primary, community, social, and voluntary care sectors.

When not working, I’m kept busy by my four children and our four pets!

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

Sarah Ballisat

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Associate Director of Education and Training

Sarah is currently working on:

  • The General Practice Fellowship Programme, funded by NHS England & NHS Improvement.
    To learn more about this project, please click here.

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

Phil Elverd

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Phil Elverd
Education Facilitator

I am the Education Facilitator for BNSSG Training Hub. I have held previous roles as a senior university lecturer and as a paramedic working across both the frontline and as part of a telephone triage clinical hub.

My role within the Training Hub is to support the growth of placements for nurses and AHP’s across primary care, alongside supporting the developing the training hub offer across BNSSG. I enjoy working with people and enabling learning using diverse approaches, and believe that education is key to effective healthcare.

Away from work I enjoy riding anything with two wheels, kayaking, and walking my dog​

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

Jessie Saul

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Administrator

For a year, I was a support worker for the National Autistic Society, and I’ve also volunteered for several Bristol-based charities (including Off The Record, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, and Scope). I’ve also had an active role on boards for youth-service and voluntary-sector groups.

I’m most enthusiastic about supporting the team, about helping them make the most of their job roles, but I’m also eager to get stuck in with the Training Hub’s various meetings, and to take up opportunities in health and social care, generally. I’m especially interested in public health, patient involvement/feedback, voluntary work in the NHS, social justice, and mental health.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy creating things and organising social groups/getting people together.

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

Zach Barber

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Marketing & Events Officer

I’m BNSSG Training Hub’s Marketing & Events Officer, having previously been its Administrative & IT Support. It’s certainly been an interesting ride thus far – I’d never worked in health or social care before, so catching up with the various acronyms that fly around (‘ANPs’, ‘STPs’, and ‘AHPs’, to name a few) was sure something. Prior to having joined the Hub, I’m most proud of having been a volunteer in Bath Cats & Dogs Home’s fundraising office and a room guide at the American Museum in Britain.

Outside of work, I currently spend time reading about the Old West and working on a D&D campaign.

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

Steve Locke

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Steve Locke
Programme Manager

I’m the Hub’s Programme Manager. I first started working in the NHS many years ago, initially in the ambulance service, but over the past twenty years I’ve been in a variety of NHS management roles across the South West. My current role, within the Training Hub, is to support and enable the delivery of our remit amongst the primary care workforce.

Away from work, most of my time is spent walking the countryside on offer all around Bristol.

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