Practice Staff - Our Doctors

Staff - Our GPs / Doctors

Steyning Health Centre currently has 7 GP Partners - Dr Eric Noren, Dr Alex Rainbow, Dr Jacqui Holdaway, Dr Alan Bennett, Dr Sophie Galloway, Dr Alex Dewdney and Dr Rashmi Jain. We also employ 2 part time salaried GPs - Dr Rebecca Poet and Dr Melissa Constable. Furthermore, as a training practice we regularly have GP Registrars and medical students at the practice. Please note that GP Registrars are qualified doctors.

You can read profiles of our Doctors below:

Doctor Claes Eric Noren of Steyning Health CentreDr Eric Noren

MB, BS, MRCP, MRCGP, FP Cert (1975 Barts)

Swedish by birth, Dr Noren emigrated from the Swedish capital Stockholm to the UK with his family when he was eight years old. After attending school in Hertfordshire, Dr Noren studied medicine at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. A keen sportsman he captained the soccer team during his tenure at medical school, from where he qualified in 1975.

Dr Noren spent his first working years after qualifying specialising in medical subjects (as opposed to surgery etc.) before moving into general practice in 1978. Dr Noren moved to Steyning and joined the practice in 1979, and having developed a special interest in diabetes, also worked at the diabetic clinic at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for ten years. Dr Noren resigned this post in 1989 to concentrate on setting up a diabetic clinic at Steyning Health Centre, which is now run by Christine Syred.

Dr Noren also developed an interest in in training doctors for General Practice, and over the years this has seen a succession of very talented doctors come to the practice for training purposes. Almost all of them are now successful GPs spread around the UK, most of whom remain friends of Dr Noren and the Health Centre.

Twelve years ago, Dr Noren started the major project of rebuilding the Health Centre, and in 2008 the new building was opened

Doctor Alex Rainbow of Steyning Health Centre Dr Alex Rainbow

BM (1988 Southampton)

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.

Doctor Jacqui Holdaway, Steyning Health CentreDr Jacqueline Holdaway


(1996 University Wales)

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, playing 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


(2007 St George's, University of London)

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 - - 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 (2003 St George's University of London)

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 Alex Dewdney

MBBS, DRCOG (Guy's, Kings & St Thomas School of Medicine 2006)

I trained at Guy's, Kings and St Thomas', qualifying in 2006 and have spent the last 7 happy years working in hospital medicine and as GP Registrar in Sussex.

I currently live in the Brighton area with my wife Ruth and two children. I enjoy family life, sailing, swimming and trying to learn French.

I am delighted to be working in such a vibrant community and I am very much looking forward to contributing to the successful partnership that exists between the practice and the patients of Steyning Health Centre.




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.

I am a part time Doctor and spend the rest of my time at home In Hove looking after my three children and my very excitable Cocker Spaniel!



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've been working here for just over a year now and the time has flown! 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 fiancé, family and friends.