Steyning Medical Practice currently has 6 GP Partners - Dr Alex Rainbow, Dr Jacqui Holdaway, Dr Alan Bennett, Dr Sophie Galloway, Dr Rashmi Jain and Dr Salman Jafri. We also employ 3 part time salaried GPs - Dr Rebecca Poet, Dr Melissa Constable and Dr Jane Marr. Furthermore, as a training practice we regularly have GP Registrars and medical students at the practice. Please note that GP Registrars are qualified doctors.
Dr Alex Rainbow
BM (University of Southampton 1988)
Dr Rainbow joined the practice in 1994, having trained at Southampton, and immediately after an exciting year 'Down Under' walking.
Alex and his wife Kate live in Steyning. They have four young children, a cat and a dog! His main interests outside of medicine are in sport and he plays tennis for a local team.
The coming of spring also means he can dust off his rod, tie a few flies and head off to Wiston for some serious fly-fishing. Dr Rainbow has also recently taken up mountain biking.
Dr Rainbow is currently involved in practice based commissioning, a government policy, introduced in 2005, designed to give GPs, Nurses and other primary care professionals the power to decide how NHS money is spent in their local area.
Dr Jacqueline Holdaway
BSc, MBBCh, DRCOG, DFSRH (University of Wales 1996)
I joined the practice in 2001, after completing GP training on the Mid Sussex GP vocational training scheme . Prior to that, I trained in Accident and Emergency but felt General Practice offered a special relationship with patients and their families as well as still being able to see a diverse spectrum of medicine.
My special interests include Women’s Health, Paediatrics, and ENT. I am an accredited provider of intrauterine contraception and subdermal contraception. In 2014, I set up a micro suction service to improve local access for this procedure and perform a monthly clinic for patients with ear disorders who otherwise need to attend hospital for it.
I am GP lead in Gynaecology, COPD and Asthma. I am also the GP prescribing lead, and attend regular locality prescribing meetings and head up prescribing audit work within the practice for the Coastal West Sussex Prescribing management team.
I am married to Nigel, I have 2 wonderful children and my time away from the practice is spent with them, ferrying them around to the usual round of cricket rugby gymnastics scouts rainbows etc.. I am also a keen baker, which I find truly relaxing and enjoy supporting local events with my cakes and bakes.
Being a GP in Primary care is a challenging, often exhausting role but a real privilege to care and support our patients.
Dr Alan Bennett
BA(Hons), ACA, DRCOG , MRCGP, MBBS (St George's, University of London 2007 )
Doctor Bennett worked as a GP Registrar in Littlehampton before joining the practice. Since graduating from St George's Hospital Medical School several years ago, much of his career has been spent working in West Sussex.
Dr Bennett grew up in West Berkshire, and originally went to university to study biology and then, after university, became a Chartered Accountant, latterly working for a firm of solicitors in London. An early mid-life crisis made him realise that he didn't want to be an accountant forever, and he made the decision to retrain as a doctor.
Dr Bennett's alternative career choice at that stage was to go to catering college, and much of his spare time is spent enjoying food (growing it, cooking it and eating far too much of it!). The rest of his spare time is (or should be) spent in the gym trying to burn up some of the calories.
In terms of medicine, Dr Bennett is hoping to develop a special interest in skin.
Dr Rashmi Jain
MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DFSRH, Diploma in Cardiology
After attaining my MRCGP I worked as a GP partner at a surgery in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. At that time, being the only female GP, I was in great demand! I spent 8 very happy years there.
I moved to Steyning in October 2013 to join my husband (Dr Sanjay Jain) who had fallen in love with Sussex. He also kept raving about Steyning Health Centre, and how good it was, which aroused my curiousity, so when a position came up I leapt at the chance to work here.
During the 8 years in Bedfordshire I gained Diplomas in Cardiology and Child Health as I saw that there was a great need for this within the local community. I was then successful in establishing and running a Cardiology Service in the surgery, providing effective, evidenced-based local clinical care, with a view to helping to reduce waiting times for patients waiting to be seen in hospital. The patient survey which was carried out about the service received very good feedback. I hope to be able to provide something similar here at Steyning one day. My other areas of interest are Minor Surgery, Joint Injection , Coil Insertion and Women's Health.
As you can see, I do work hard, but I also try to squeeze in some personal life, and attempt to maintain a few hobbies, such as cooking, as well as being a bit of an IT geek! (I am planning to set up my own webpage soon - DrRashmiJain.co.uk - watch this space!). Primarily I also enjoy spending any free time with my lovely son (Ashwin) and my husband.
I look forward to getting to know and serving the local community and make the most of the beautiful setting that I am fortunate enough to work in.
Dr Sophie Galloway
MBBS, MRCGP (St George's University of London 2003)
After two happy years here as a salaried doctor I am delighted that I have now become a partner. I will continue to provide the best possible care to our patients and also help develop services for the patients in our practice. My medical areas of interest are ENT and Women's Health.
Outside of work I live locally in Hove with my family (three children, one cat and (one) husband). I qualified in 2003 from St. Georges Hospital, London and have been down on the South Coast completing my GP training ever since, finally qualifying as a GP in 2010.
I look forward to many years of service in this beautiful village that I am delighted to be working in.
DR Salman Jafri
MA (Cantab) MBBS MRCGP (Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School 1998)
I qualified almost 20 years ago now, and it’s been an amazing 2 decades in a career that I still feel privileged to be a part of. After training in both Cambridge and London, I worked along the south coast doing paediatrics, till I caught the hereditary travelling bug and spent 2 years working in Children’s Hospitals in Australia. Whilst that was huge fun, there’s no place like home, so I returned and started my GP training in Exeter, Devon. I spent 7 years as a partner in the beautiful seaside town of Exmouth, but returned to Brighton where my partner works as a child psychologist.
I vaguely remember having some hobbies before the baby and the house renovation…. Perhaps I’ll get back to them as the years pass, but over the last year my spare time has been spent learning nursery rhymes, cleaning up baby food, and standing at the bottom of my father in laws ladder not understanding which tools he wants. The highlight of my life in DIY is setting a dishwasher on fire, and my skills as a handyman have served well to remind me that my skills remains in the health service rather than the building trade.
DR REBECCA POET
MBBS BSC (HONS), MRCGP, DFSRH (GUY'S, KING'S & ST THOMAS' SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 2003)
After qualifying from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 2003, I was ready to move out of London and was delighted to be able to move to the South coast to complete all of my postgraduate training at Worthing Hospital. I completed my GP training in Southwick and this was followed shortly after by a permanent move to a job as a Salaried GP in Steyning back in 2012. It has been a pleasure to establish myself as a GP in such a fantastic Health Centre where there are so many services on offer to our patients. Steyning is a beautiful place to work in and I have found the patients friendly and welcoming.
My specialist interests are in Contraception and Women’s Health as well as Paediatrics. I carry out one clinic per week at Windlesham House School and also offer specialist coil fitting appointments.
DR MELISSA CONSTABLE
MBCHB, MRCGP (MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY 2009)
I qualified from Manchester University in 2009 and worked in Manchester and Liverpool initially before moving down to Brighton in 2011.
When I completed GP training in 2015 I initially worked as a locum but soon realised I wanted a greater sense of continuity with patients, and teamwork within a practice. Therefore I was thrilled to find out I'd been successful with my application to join the Health Centre in the lovely town of Steyning. I have interests in ENT (ear, nose and throat) and dermatology.
Outside of work I enjoy sunny days on the beach, soaking up the cafe culture and arts scene in Brighton, and walks in the beautiful South Downs with my husband, family and friends.
DR Jane Marr
MBBS, BSc, MRCGP, MRCP, DFSRH, DRCOG (Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine 2008)
I trained at Guy's, King's and St Thomas's in London and qualified in 2008. I worked for a few years in London and the South East before spending over a year on the East coast of Australia working in A&E.
Upon returning to the UK, I took up a GP training post in Sussex and have been working locally ever since. My specialist interests include Contraception and Women's Health.
Outside of work I enjoy travelling and seeing new places, whenever I get the chance to get away.