Karen Chumbley was appointed Clinical Director in June 2015. Karen was previously the Primary Care Clinical Lead and worked across North East Essex with GPs to improve the proactive identification and care for those in the last year of life. Prior to this Karen was the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for End of Life care.
Karen is an experienced local GP having been a GP partner at Great Bentley Surgery from 2013-2015 and before that at Castle Gardens Medical Centre in Colchester town centre for 11 years. Castle Gardens was one of the first practices in the country to be awarded a Quality Standard award for end of life care.
Karen is keen to work in partnership with primary care to improve care quality for all local people approaching the end of life.