Dr Thaven Chetty joined the St Neots team as he sees the benefits of being part of a larger Partnership of practices. He is the newest Partner and has received a warm welcome from patients and colleagues, including fellow Partners, Drs Baxter, McCarthy, Menozzi and Murphy.
He trained in East London and had hospital roles before deciding he wanted the stability and working relationships that he could form as a GP: 'In hospital roles all I was doing was seeing a different person every day and the team changed regularly so it was hard. I went for a GP rotation and didn't look back.'
He worked in Waltham Forest as a GP, Clinical Lead then Clinical Director of a Clinical Commissioning Group and finally Clinical Director for a Primary Care Network. He has also been involved in GP training and can see the benefit of joining a sizeable Partnership: 'Lakeside is unique. The NHS is encouraging practices to merge and work together and here you have a set of practices that think it is sensible to pull what you can together behind the scenes to support practices. I really like the idea of being able to work in a larger organisation, so you can contribute and help develop things, not just in your own patch, but further afield.
'My colleagues at St Neots are really welcoming. The patients are incredibly friendly, very grateful for their care and really listen to what you say. Where I worked previously you would be the family's GP, seeing the family and their children so I hope I can develop those long-term links.
'The workload currently is more intense than elsewhere but the team is working really hard to address that as much as possible. Every doctor wants to be useful to the community that they work in and develop ideas and strategies that will be uniquely beneficial for the area. The fact that Lakeside heads up the local Primary Care Network is great as that allows for the introduction of roles and services where they are needed. I am delighted to have joined the St Neots team and look forward to seeing how things develop.'