Dr Andrew Elliott

Programme Director & GP Trainer
Kirkholt Medical Practice

Clinical Director for Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC

Having trained in Birmingham Dr Elliott moved to Manchester in search of better weather. He has pursued an interest in health inequalities and the healthcare which addresses them whilst working with Hope Citadel Healthcare in Oldham and Rochdale. He was part of starting the GP Training scheme in 2019 which is particularly aimed at training and equipping GPs to work in areas of higher deprivation. In work I enjoy teaching, mental health and substance misuse. Outside or work I enjoy, cricket, tennis and anything outdoors. My University yearbook states my alternative careers as Lorry Driver or Fisherman.


Ischia Wise-Marin

Programme Administrator

Hollinwood Medical Practice

Ischia helps with coordination, administration and evaluation of the programme. She is evaluating the programme to support its development and assess how effective it is in reducing health inequalities. 

GP Trainers

Dr Murugesan Raja


John Street Medical


- Lead GP and GP Trainer, John Street Medical Practice, Hope Citadel

- Clinical Lead in Quality and Performance, Manchester Health and  Care Commissioning(MHCC), 2017- Present

- Clinical Lead in Respiratory Medicine, MHCC, 2014 - Present

- Speaker, Respiratory Medicine

- NICE GP Reference Panel 

Dr Raja is a fully committed GP with years of experience in inner city General Practice. He is a passionate leader whose keen interest is to reduce health inequalities, by tackling the wider social determinants of health.


After working in Hulme, a very deprived inner city practice for the past 5 years, he has now joined Hope Citadel to work with a group whose ethos is whole person care, and it is delivered where it is needed the most. He is very interested in improving the quality of Respiratory Medicine across all domains and now oversees all Respiratory Improvement in Manchester and Greater Manchester.  


Quality and Performance is his other interests and is working hard to improve quality in primary care in Manchester. Training has always been close to his heart, and he currently delivers talks on respiratory medicine, which have been called motivational and inspirational. Dr Raja believes that our future lies in GPs who are trained to think as systems leader, and an exposure to Deprivation Medicine now would be key to reduce health inequalities in the future and delivering the patient outcomes which we would be proud of. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in GP education with Distinction, and he has received excellent feedback from the trainees he has had so far. 

Dr Simon Walton

MBBS (Newcastle), MRCGP, Msc (International Primary Care), DTM and H, DRCOG, DFFP

Hollinwood Medical Practice

- GP Hollinwood Medical Practice

- Clinical Lead Sun Valley Medical Practice

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Dr Walton has been a GP for a long time but spent  most of that time in Tanzania, working in both a rural and city setting. So he has a good idea of what health inequalities look like in a variety of settings. Since returning to the UK in 2016 he has worked as a partner in a large merged practice of 20,000 patients before working with Hope Citadel Healthcare. He became a GP trainer in 2018 and currently supervise ST1 to ST3’s as well as supervising 5th year medical students to different medical student study modules. He is a full time GP and has a leadership role within the company. He acts as a GP mentor and a clinical lead within several of practices. He is married with three children, two currently studying at university.