Meet the Team

 Our Doctors

Dr Azhar Zafar (Male)

MBBS FRCP FRCGP MRCPS (GLGS) MSc Health Research –  GP Appraiser – GP Tutor & Trainer –  Senior Clinical Research Fellow (hon.)  Diabetes Centre University of Leicester.

Dr Azhar Zafar is full time senior partner at Danes Camp since April 2006. He is trained as a GP in North East Lincolnshire. He is the lead for Diabetes ,Minor Surgery and Joint injections. He has a special interest in Diabetes as he has worked in hospital medicine for a number of years before joining General practice. Dr Zafar is also the GP Lead for research and is actively engaged in academic as well industrial clinical research. He has been working on various research projects on Diabetes as a principal investigator for Northamptonshire. He is currently working towards higher degree in Applied health research from University of Leicester. Please follow link below to know more about research projects at Danes Camp Surgery.
Dr Zafar is also board member of Royal College of General Practitioners Thames Valley Faculty.

Dr Kashif Zaman MBBS (Male)


Dr Zaman joined the practice as a full time partner in October 2010 after working with us as a full time locum. He trained as a GP Registrar in Scotland. Dr Zaman is the practice lead in Quality and Outcomes, Child & Adult safeguarding, Cardiology, Contraceptive services, Child Health and has an interest in minor surgery.

Dr Haroon Butt MBBS (Male)


Dr Butt joined the practice as a full time partner in April 2013 following completing of his GP registrar training in Towcester.  He is the practice lead GP for Asthma and COPD, Epilepsy Rheumatoid Arthritis & Smoking

Dr Asim Chishti MBBS (Male)


Dr Chishti joined the practice as a full time partner in October 2012 and he is the practice lead in elderly medicine, dementia, depression, mental health, pallitivae care and learning disability and has an interest in minor surgery.

Dr Ayesha Azhar (Female)


Dr Azhar joined the practice in August 2014 and became a Partner in November 2017. She has a special interest in Gynaecology and has extensive experience working in hospitals as a Gynaecologist. Her clinics here at Danes Camp Medical Centre also include IUD fittings (coil) and contraception implants.  Dr Azhar also specialises in Non-Surgical and Gynaecology Cosmetic procedures, you can find out more by visiting her website

Dr Yassir Javaid (Male)

MBBChir (University of Cambridge) BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), MRCP MRCGP DRCOG DipCard
Cardiovascular lead Nene CCG
Primary Care Cardiovascular lead, East Midlands Clinical Network

Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease. He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

The General Practitioners work as a team with their staff to provide comprehensive medical care for our patients.

Our Nursing Staff

Over the past 10 years the role of practice nurses has expanded considerably. With specialist training they are able to assist the General Practitioners in many areas of patient care and even take the lead role in certain areas.

At Danes Camp Medical Centre we have been active in supporting the nurses to undertake training to extend and develop their roles and this is reflected in the wide range of services that the practice nurses are now able to offer to patients. They work very closely with the GPs in the practice and with the extended nursing team attached to the practice, the Health Visitors, Community Nurses, Midwives and others.

Penny Knight
Nurse Practitioner

RGN, Minor Illness Specialist Nurse, Practice Nursing /Diploma of HE in Community Health Care, Nurse Prescriber, Diploma in Asthma Care, ENB 928 – Diabetic care. Penny has been a nurse with the practice since it started in 1992 and has a specialist interest in diabetic care, respiratory medicine and is the Mental Health nurse lead for the practice. Penny also specialises in minor illness and nurse prescribing, holding minor illness clinics at the practice every day. Appointments for Minor Illness can be booked via Reception.

Karolyn – (Kaz) Wright
Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Kaz joined the Practice from Urgent Care in Milton Keynes in June 2016, she specialises in Minor Illness and Minor Injuries.

Eleanor Crowder  
Health Care Assistant

Eleanor joined us from the local hospital emergency admissions unit in 2005. Eleanor takes blood samples from patients and carries out routine health checks e.g. blood pressure readings, new patient checks, ear syringing and ECGs.

Suzanne Poynter
Practice Nurse

Suzanne joined the practice in July 2017 after completing her return to Practice Nursing following a 12 year break raising her family. Suzanne has experience of working at Northampton General and a Town Centre Practice. She is available Monday to Friday 9am – 11am for Nurse Telephone Triage she also looks after our patients with chronic diseases and assists in our Minor Surgery Clinics.

Alice Stavrou
Health Care Assistant

Alice joined the practice in June 2019 – Alice has been working at Northampton General Hospital and has 2 years experience.

Christianna Cantell
Health Care Assistant & Receptionist

Christie joined the practice in August 2019 she has 8 years of experience working within a Care Home, she will also be supporting our Reception Team.

Our Practice Team

Practice Manager 
Sally-Anne Pike

Sally is responsible for the strategic management, financial management, staff management, organisation and smooth running of the practice. She has worked for the practice for many years.
Sally works with all patient groups and she is also the person to contact for any patient problems or complaints. If you should you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve our services then please contact her.
Sally is available at the surgery Monday to Thursday. Appointments to see her can be made via Reception or contact her on (01604) 876314 or email her at:

Notes Summary Clerk

They extract data from a new patient’s medical records received from previous medical practices and enters data onto our clinical computer system for the GPs to work from.

Practice Administrator
Marion Phillips

Marion is responsible for a variety of the practice administration and complaints handling she also works closely and supports the Practice Manager. Marion is available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday  08.00 – 15.00 – Thursday 10.00 – 17.00 and Friday 08.00 – 12.00 and can be contacted on: 01604 876314

Danielle Fergusson
Prescription Clerk

Danni is responsible for maintaining the Practice Prescribing Policy and Medicines Management Operating Procedures. Danni also deals with all Patient and Pharmacy queries and is available to speak to Monday – Friday 08.30 – 13.30. 

Head Receptionist
Tina Wood

Is responsible for our Reception Team.

Research & Academic Manager 
Nula Smart

Nula undertakes a wide range of administrative duties supporting the GPs and Practice Manager. Nula is responsible for the implementation of the Practice Research and is also administrative support to all our Registrars and Medical Students.

Practice Secretary
Lee Clayson

Lee deals with all general correspondence and referral letters to other health care providers. In the first instance any queries for her concerning letters etc are best addressed to Reception on 01604 709426.

Reception Team
Helen Harrison, Hannah Lindop, Samantha Walpole, Susan Dunn and Haleema Mahmood

They look after the reception desk, assist patients on the telephone, book appointments, deal with repeat prescriptions and related queries, scan documents into our computer system, file records and deal with medical reports.
They do a very stressful and demanding job. Please remember that if you are asked for information by the practice staff they are carrying out the practice policy, which is aimed at making the practice run smoothly. We will not tolerate any abuse of any of our practice staff and operate the NHS Zero Tolerance Policy towards any patients who engage in doing so. All of our administration staff are bound by the same strict rules of confidentiality as the medical staff. They receive training in their role throughout their time with the practice. We are closed on one afternoon per month to allow this training to take place either here at the surgery or centrally in conjunction with other local practices.