Community Healthcare Assistants

Nurse Practitioners

Vicky Cooney

BSc (Hons) RGN Independent/Supplementary Prescriber FPCert

I trained at Poole General Hospital, achieving a distinction award and Nurse of the Year award. After ten years surgical nursing experience at St Mary's Hospital, a change of direction lead to invaluable experience as a nurse in palliative care at Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

I joined St Helens Medical Centre in 2001. I was awarded the Practice Nurse of the Year 2005 by the Royal College of General Practitioners. In 2008 I extended my professional qualifications gaining a BSc(Hons) degree in Clinical Practice from the University of Southampton. In 2010 I was awarded the Independent Nurse Prescriber certificate.

As a nurse prescribing specialist I am qualified in woman's health, family planning, sexual health and minor illnesses. I am also nurse specialist in Coronary Heart Disease and Diabetes.

Glenn Smith

Glenn started his career in healthcare in 1994 when he started working in residential homes as part of the Youth Training Schemes. During this time he got his NVQ Level 2 in Direct Care, and then NVQ Level 3 in Mental Health Care. He started his nurse training on the Isle of Wight in 1998 but continued to work in residential homes during this time, finally leaving residential care work in December 2000, a total of nearly 7 years.

Glenn qualified as a registered mental health nurse with an Advanced Diploma in Nursing in October 2001. He then worked for 4 years at the Isle of Wight’s Dementia Assessment Unit. He achieved his Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) award in 2003. For just under two years Glenn worked as a stroke research nurse part time, and in 2005 became Tissue Viability Nurse. In 2011 his service included Nutrition and so he became the Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist for Nutrition and Tissue Viability, and in 2015 became the Isle of Wight Trust’s first Patient Safety lead. In 2008 Glenn did his Independent and Supplementary Prescribing, and in 2013 Glenn achieved his Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.

Glenn has been a finalist in the British Journal of Nursing Awards twice, in 2007 and 2017. He has won a regional innovation award in 2008, and the Foundation Le Lous Award in 2008. He was a finalist in the Journal of Wound Care Awards in 2015, and won a national Patient Safety Award in 2017. He has written and co written multiple published research articles and presenting nationally and internationally on his subjects of special interest.

When not at work, Glenn enjoys gardening, cooking and looking after his children.


Claire Harvey
Louise Barnes
Claire Young

Healthcare Assistants

Kate Bridle

I joined the NHS in 1987 as a Community HCA, a role I enjoyed for 24 years before joining the practice in August 2011. In addition to holding NVQs 2 and 3 in Health Care, I am an experienced phlebotomist and have qualifications in wound care, palliative care and spirometry, and am qualified to administer Vitamin B12, flu and pneumococcal injections. I also register new patients and carry out NHS Health Checks.

I enjoy music festivals and attend the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival annually.

Lois Todd

I started working as a Healthcare Assistant in 2008. I have worked in residential and nursing home’s, the local hospital and in the community, before joining the St Helens Medical Centre in May 2019. I have Level 3 qualifications in Health and Social Care and Lead Adult Care Worker both of which were passed with distinction, I also hold the Care Certificate.

At the surgery I hold a weekly blood pressure clinic, carry out ECG’s, height and weight checking. I also complete advanced care plans with patients and carry out welfare checks to ensure our patients are well.

This is alongside the dementia reviews and support I provide to our patients both housebound in the community and those who are able to access the surgery.  I help them to access support from different agencies by carrying out referrals to places like the Admiral Nurses or the continence team.

When I’m not working I enjoy going for walks and spending time with my family.

Anthea Light

Community Healthcare Assistant 

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