The Mission of the NCMC PPG is to

"Make the Healthcare Experience Better"

NCMC PPG Committee/Membership at December 2018

Richard Cole [Chair]

Richard has been a patient at the practice for over 20 years.  A mid 50s Town Planner specialising in Historic Building restoration.  Interests include his Dogs, Music and Films of the 1980s, Art, Science, and a general interest in how things work.  Richard Joined the PPG  in 2006 with an interest in Type 1 Diabetes which he has had since childhood. Richard has Chaired the group since 2008 and is always encouraging of new members and different patient perspectives regarding how medical centre services might be improved.

Richard also helps deliver the ‘Diabetes and me’ peer support group.

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Doris Dallimore [Deputy Chair]

Describes herself as: Retired some years ago from my role as manager of Bridgend Carers Centre, a voluntary organisation which I established in the late 1990’s. My key health interests are related to carers’ support, bereavement and care of the terminally ill and their families. I have always enjoyed working with people, initially as recruitment officer in Wales Gas, then in various posts including clinic co-ordinator, community care user/carer consultation and planning officer, and implementation officer for Direct Payments. Most of my spare time is taken up being Brown Owl and chairman of the Cardiff Scout and Guide Gang Show. I am also a helper on my husband’s allotment and often spend time trying out new recipes to use the produce.

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Ian Thomas [Deputy Chair]

Ian has been a patient at the practice for many years. A Tour Guide who specialising in delivering customer experiences on coach and rail tours. Passionate about travel, Andre Rieu music, and much more.

After receiving practice support to help deal with a life changing illness in 2004, Ian became a PPG member. As a Voluntary Patient Advocate,  Ian guided delivery of a Patient Health Forum on Thyroid Disorders in 2018. Has interest in provision of healthcare services for patients with Thyroid Disorders, Heart Disease, and Diabetes.

Following with interest, proposed development of new Health and Wellbeing Centres planned for Cardiff by the Cardiff University Health Board and Welsh Government.  Member of the British Thyroid Foundation. British Heart Foundation Patient Advocacy Group and practice based ‘Diabetes and me’ peer support group.

Viv Riley [Treasurer]

Describes herself as: A retired Cardiff County Council IT Training Officer.

I am married to a retired BT Engineering Manager and have two married daughters with four super grandchildren.

I was a member of the local school PTA, schools Orchestra Parents Association, Youth Orchestra Parents Association and chair of Youth String Orchestra Parents Association.

While I was working full time for Cardiff County Council I was successful in achieving an MSc (University of Glamorgan) and a PGCE (Cardiff University).

Hobbies: Ballroom dancing and Latin American dancing. Keeping fit at the local gym – Zumba, Salsacise, aerobics and pilates.

Medical Interests: Health and Fitness. Health Education.

Viv Riley

Dr Helen Sherwood [Managing Partner]

Dr Helen Sherwood has worked at the practice since 2011 and took over as managing partner in January 2018. She is the child protection lead, trains GP registrars and nurse practitioners  and has interests in womens health, child health and occupational health. “I am very proud of the work done in the past by the PPG on behalf of our patients,  such as regular health forums and the dementia café, and look forward to working with them on similar projects in future”

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Sarah Morris [Practice Manager]

Sarah has a background in Nursing & Midwifery and joined the Practice & the PPG in 2004. Sarah has thoroughly enjoyed working with the Patient Group for the past 15 years and remains both proud & astonished at what the group has been able to achieve. This has been due to the enthusiasm, hard work and commitment of the PPG members who are a fantastic group of Practice patients who volunteer to help to improve the Practice and always have the interests of patients at heart.

The achievements have been many & varied and have included patient surveys, support with IT projects, annual Health Forum events, the dementia café and of course the monthly patient information sessions. The PPG website has been an objective for some time and I am delighted that we have been able to finally ‘go live’.

Sarah’s interests include running & cycling & the odd triathlon & she is grateful for the support of both the Practice & PPG throughout the years of undertaking mad challenges.

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Dinah Ball

Dinah has also been a patient at NCMC for over 20 years. With a background in Community Nursing, she now works at the Thornhill Church Centre as Pastoral Carer – a role which she loves. She enjoys time with her family, walking in the hills and chatting to friends over a cuppa, putting the world to rights! Dinah joined the PPG in 2006 and her interest is in Health Promotion and Dementia. She particularly enjoys the Health Forum events the PPG organise each year and also set up the ‘Welcome Cafe’ a monthly support meeting for carers and anyone suffering from memory loss which now operates from Llanishen Hub and run by Rose and Jenny, (See other PPG member profiles).

She says ‘It is an absolute pleasure to be part of the PPG team – we have great discussions, lots of laughs and there is a real enthusiasm to help the Practice deliver the best possible service. Whatever your area of interest, there’s bound to be a way to help to promote it. We are always eager to recruit new members, so feel free to get in touch if you are interested in making a contribution to the life of the Practice. We’d love to talk to you!


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Julia Greenhaf

…Member Profile coming soon

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Jenny Hanman

…Member Profile coming soon

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David Jones

…Member Profile coming soon

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Mrs Catherine Angharad Roberts

Retired now, but trained as a Nurse at Morriston Hospital, worked as a Staff Nurse and in other nursing positions in Richmond Hospital Surrey, Hampton Hospital Middlesex, the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and Leeds General Hospital.

Since arriving in Cardiff I helped in the Voluntary Sector at Dan y Bryn Cheshire Home Radyr, YWCA, and Cardiff Mother and Baby Special Needs Group and of course NCMC PPG.
Formerly a Member of the Board of Governors YWCA, and Member of the Board of Taff Housing Association.

Hobbies include Badminton, keep fit, soft furnishing and cooking.

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Rosemary Stockman

I have been a patient with the North Cardiff Medical Centre for 14 years, joining the practice when I moved here from Cornwall where I worked in education for more than 30 years. I am a cancer survivor, I’ve had extensive surgery as a treatment and as a result I have normal life expectancy. This is the reason I joined the PPG, because I wanted to give something back.

I help my sister with a small business doing sewing alterations.  My interests are reading, classical music, gardening and sport – in particular tennis.

Rosemary Stockman


…Would you like to join the Committee?  get in touch.

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Veronica Underwood

Before I retired, I was Assistant Practice Manager in a local surgery, a career which I loved.  I had worked in General Practice for over 30 years, and had seen many changes, hence my interest in the PPG.

My hobbies are reading, gardening and travel.

I have only been a member for a short while but I think the PPG is a great way to encourage the working relationship and flow of ideas between the Practice and the patients.

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Lynda Williams

Lynda Williams has been a patient of North Cardiff Medical Centre (NCMC) since the 1970’s. She has worked in Retail Management and then as a Training Officer for Tesco. Since giving up work she has explored various interests including computer courses Spanish, Interior Design and Hairdressing.
Lynda was born with a spinal condition called Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) and has had 5 surgeries since the age of 10 to correct it. This has led to having many experiences with Scoliosis including major surgeries pain management and counselling. As a result, Lynda along with the spinal consultants in South Wales set up a Welsh Charity called SWS Cymru – Support With Scoliosis, to help those affected by the condition in Wales. Lynda is also Regional representative for the National Scoliosis Association UK. Lynda is married and has two children one of whom also has scoliosis.
It is because of the help and support received from NCMC that led Lynda to want to become part of the PPG. Particularly after attending the Health Forum on Thyroid where she learnt more and discovered  what services are available to help people who may be affected by Thyroid problems.
Lynda’s interests are: Scoliosis Pain Management, Pilates Wellbeing and Gardening.

We have 1 Current Vacant position on the Committee

We always welcome new members Contact us for more information.

Julie Godwin

Julie Godwin has worked at the Practice for 10 years and is one of the Reception Team Leaders. Julie has worked with the PPG for the past 5 years and enjoys the interaction with the group and the benefits it brings to both the Practice & the patient population. One of the main strengths of the PPG is that all members are patients at the Practice and are able to identify areas for improvement first hand.
When not at work, Julie enjoys walking, gardening & interior design

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Sarah Harries

Sarah Harries has worked at the Practice for 6 years and is one of the Reception Team Leaders. Sarah has worked with the PPG for the past 5 years and was delighted when the PPG were awarded ‘Patient Participation Group of the year’ by the National Association of Patient Participation (NAPP) in 2015. The award was in recognition of the hard work and successful projects undertaken by the Group

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