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Dr Saira Akhtar (f)

Dr Akhtar is currently carrying out her GP Registrar training.

Dr Emma Anderson (f)

I grew up on the North Yorkshire coast before moving to Leeds for University in 2001. I graduated in 2006 and joined the Leeds GP training scheme. Upon completing training, I joined a practice in West Leeds as a Partner for 6 years. Having moved to the countryside north of the city I searched for a role closer to home, joining Ilkley Moor Practice in Winter 2017. 

I relish the variety afforded by general practice but have specific clinical interests in Women’s Health including Obstetrics and Sexual Health, and Palliative Care. I also enjoy medical education and am a GP trainer with the Airedale scheme.

Outside of work, I live with my husband and our time is currently split between home, London and the beautiful Yorkshire Coast. I enjoy walking and swimming, and whenever possible I like to enjoy these pastimes somewhere sunny and exotic.

Emma Anderson



Dr Alison Baker (f)

I graduated from the University of Manchester in 1988 and joined the GP training scheme at Airedale in 1989, finishing in 1993. At that stage I knew I wanted to stay in the area and became a partner in a Bradford practice for 13 years. I later worked around the area for several years before landing at RAF Menwith Hill where I worked for the US AirForce which was different experience and meant I gained a lot of expertise in sports medicine, since the military seemed to get injured a lot trying to keep fit! More recently I worked in Addingham for 3 years.

My particular interests include women's health (including IUCD and Nexplanon fitting/removal), palliative care and general medicine.

Away from work I enjoy the theatre, music, reading and play the piano but my real passion is travel!

Alison Baker

Dr Helen Baker (f)

I graduated in 2002 then worked for 3 years in adult medicine in Newcastle. Then after a year working in New Zealand I moved to Leeds and did the GP training scheme through Airedale. My final GP training post was in Ilkley and I stayed on to work here from there joining the partnership in 2013.

My interests are Cardiology, Elderly Medicine and women’s health. I am one of the lead GPs on the Wharfedale Care Homes scheme that we run. 

Outside of work I enjoy all things active and have a partner, dog and baby at home to keep me busy.

Helen Baker

Dr Nick Clarke (m)
I graduated from the University of Leeds in 1999 and initially worked in hospital medicine as a surgical trainee for 7 years.  In 2006, I changed direction to become a GP and haven’t regretted it since.  I have retained an interest in minor surgery and am currently completing a Minor Surgery Diploma.  I also have an interest in men’s health and urology.  I organise the medical student teachings alongside Graeme Summers.  I enjoy mountain-biking and running.  We have a caravan too and can frequently be found causing tailbacks around West Yorkshire!  My wife is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the LGI and we have 3 children.  We also have a slightly crazy Springer spaniel.Nick Clarke

Dr Natalie Curtis (f)


Dr Tanya Dunning (f)

I qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1987 along with Dr Watson. After hospital jobs at Airedale and Bradford I then embarked on GP training on the Airedale Vocational Training Scheme, including a GP post in Addingham. I then moved to Halifax where I was a GP for 14 years before deciding to return to the Airedale area. Whilst in Halifax I also worked for a number of years as  a Clinical Assistant  in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and as Clinical Medical Officer in Family Planning . I have since maintained my interest in all aspects of women's health.

I am married with two children, and my outside interests are mainly centred around hockey, and supporting the family in their involvement in many different sporting activities. I have also recently started to learn to play the piano, which has been one of my lifetime ambitions.


Dr Rowy El-Hawat (f)

I graduated from medical school in 1998 in Benghazi, which is a town on the Mediterranean coast in Libya, and it’s a hop and a skip away from Egypt, and I did a bit of hospital medicine before deciding to pursue my postgraduate education in the UK. My experiences were varied in hospital medicine but I found myself gravitating to elderly medicine as a speciality.  I finally decided to leave hospital medicine and was offered a place on the Airedale GP scheme and experienced Yorkshire for the first time. I started working at Ilkley Moor Medical Practice as a trainee with Dr Helen Watson as my trainer, I completed my training in 2012.

Since then I have gained a lot of experience working as a locum in various practices across the Airedale, Bradford and Leeds area. 

I have now thankfully come full circle and I am back at Ilkley and looking forward to reacquainting myself with the staff, the area and with all patients.  My free time is just that, free! I do whatever takes my fancy, a bit of walking in the dales, horse riding, reading and travelling seeing friends and family.


Dr Mark French (m)

I graduated at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Medical School in 1984, trained as a GP on the Airedale GP Vocational Training Scheme, including 6 months experience in Ilkley, and then worked for a year as a GP in South Auckland, New Zealand. I returned to Ilkley in 1990 and was one of the founder members of the Ilkley Moor Medical Practice.   Areas of particular interest include diabetes, palliative care, anticoagulation monitoring and sports medicine and I have also been dedicated to improving service provision and access within the practice and the Wharfe Valley.

My outside interests include pretty much any sport, with hockey being my main one, and I enjoy mountain walking when the pressures of work allow!

Mark F

Dr Rebekah Milsom (f)

Dr Milsom is currently carrying out her GP Registrar training

Dr Imran Raja (m)

Dr Raja joined the practice in August 2018

Dr Helena Rolfe (f)

I qualified at Leeds in 1992 and went onto construct my own GP training scheme in Leeds with a 6 month beak to taste medicine down under in Perth, Western Australia. I completed my vocational training in 1997 and went onto perform locum work in the area until I was asked to join the Ilkley practice in 1998.

My clinical interests include paediatrics, female health care and psychiatry. Since 2007 I have been a GP trainer and really enjoy the challenges this part of my job provides.  In addition I also have been a GP appraiser for Bradford and Airedale PCT over the past 7 years.

My outside interests include horse riding, running and spending time with my 3 children and of course my husband too!

Helena R

Dr Gemma Sanderson (f)

Dr Sanderson is currently carrying out her GP Registrar training.

Dr Naomi Senior (f)


I graduated in 2009 from the University of Leeds and spent my first two years at St James’s and Airedale. I also spent a year working in ortho-geriatrics and oncology in Christchurch, New Zealand, whilst the city was recovering from the major earthquake in February 2011.

I returned to do my GP training at Airedale which included a 6 month placement at Manorlands Hospice and having completed the scheme in August 2015, joined the team in Grassington as maternity cover. This led to me officially joining IG medical as a salaried GP in June 2016. I continue to split my week between Grassington and Ilkley with an interest in elderly medicine and palliative care. Out of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, exploring both the Dales and the Lake District.

Dr Graeme Summers (m)

I was a bit of a swot at medical school and always expected to specialise, but after 3 years of working in paediatrics and A & E, I realized that I got bored pretty easily with doing the same thing every day.  General practice became the obvious choice and I haven't looked back since. I particularly enjoy the variety, autonomy and continuity we have.

I have retained my interest in Paediatrics and developed my skills in Minor Surgery, Musculoskeletal Medicine (joint injections) and Cardiology. More latterly I have become involved in the Political and Commissioning side of Healthcare and have been appointed as a clinical executive and Long Term Conditions lead for Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG, which takes up quite a bit of my time. Despite this being a GP is my first love.

As most people who've met me will realise I have an odd accent. My family still live in Cape Town, making regular pilgrimages a necessity.

I could only be described as completely obsessed with exercise. I am a triathlete, bodybuilder, snowboarder and very average golfer.

More latterly I have become involved in the Political and Commissioning side of Healthcare and have been appointed as a clinical executive and Long Term Conditions lead for Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG, which takes up quite a bit of my time. Despite this being a GP is my first love. 



Dr Amy Sutherland (f)

Dr Sutherland is currently carrying out her GP Registrar training.

Dr Oliver Sykes (m)


I qualified at Newcastle in 1987 and completed my GP training in the North East.
I then spent 4 years in Australia and New Zealand before returning to Yorkshire.
I was a GP partner in Otley for nearly 20 years and now split my clinical time
between Grassington and Ilkley.I really enjoy the spectrum of General Practice.
My clinical interests include Minor Surgery, Elderly Medicine, Palliative care
and Paediatrics. I am also a GP trainer Beyond work I can usually be found
outdoors with my wife and family - cycling, fishing or cooking something recently

Dr Aju Varghese (m)

I graduated from ACME (Academy of Medical sciences), Kerala, India in June 2004, and came to england in the December of 2004,  completing my F1 and F2  years before joining core medical training on the Airedale scheme.

My special interest workwise is diabetes and endocrinology, and I am currently training to carry out Level 2 diabetes clinics.

As for leisure interests - they are cricket, cricket and cricket.


Dr Nick Wood (m)

Brought up near Liverpool where I studied at University until 2012, I stayed in the area for my first 4 years of post graduate training. Everything changed when I met a Yorkshire lass (now my wife!) who introduced me to Ilkley and the stunning Yorkshire Dales. It didn't take long for her to persuade me to transfer my final year of GP specialist training.  

I was always a keen rugby player and was lucky enough to be chosen to play for my county before University. Unfortunately injury put a stop to this and I turned to other sports. I have raced duathlon for GB as an 'age grouper' and 'Ironman' triathlon. Now I spend my free time running and cycling around the dales as often as I am able. 

From a medical perspective I have an interest in musculoskeletal and sports medicine and am currently undertaking my diploma in this. 


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