GP Fellows

Current GP Fellows

Anisio VelosoGP Educator Fellow for ED&I (2023-2024)

Anisio Veloso – GP Educator Fellow for ED&I (2023-2024)

About me

I qualified on the Torbay GP training scheme in 2011 and now work as a GP in Teignmouth. Prior to GP training I spent 7 years working in Paediatrics and Academia in Brazil and in the UK. I have special interests in GP Training and Education, Paediatrics, Palliative Care, Care of the Elderly and Unscheduled Care. Also, in ED&I and Differential attainment. I recognise that we have great diversity in our NHS but work is needed to improve inclusion and fairness. I have additional roles in GP Appraisal and Professional Standards. I enjoy spending time with family, friends, beekeeping. Tendering my allotment and travelling when I can.

About my fellowship time

During my fellowships time I am going to spend time developing knowledge and skills to deliver Principles of ED&I training to Primary Care Workforce in Devon. I will have the opportunity to contribute to the design of DTH ED&I Strategy and its implementation.

Peter Friend – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Peter Friend – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About me:

Since qualifying as a GP I have worked mainly in areas of deprivation including 3 years as a prison GP.
I have developed an interest in alcohol and substance misuse, and currently work solely for the local specialist service.
Alcohol and substance misuse is an area we have very little exposure and training as medical staff, and most people feel poorly equipped to support this group of patients. They often come with considerable physical and mental morbidity and services can find it difficult to accommodate their needs.

About your Fellowship time:

My project is looking at alcohol care in primary care.

I am involving people with lived experience to give their opinion on care received in GP and asking staff in surgeries for their opinions.

This will inform further interventions to seek to support services as possible.

My findings will be used to inform relevant stakeholders of the current situation in GP in regard alcohol care and recommend ways forward.

Deborah Morgan – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Deborah Morgan – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About me:

I moved to Exeter 2 years ago and am a salaried GP working in a fairly central city practice in a deprived area of Exeter. Prior to moving here, I worked as a GP for 7 years near Bristol and prior to that in New Zealand after qualification from the Bath VTS scheme.
I am really enjoying getting to know Devon better with my husband and daughter and in my spare time enjoy walking on Dartmoor, singing in a local choir and travelling.

About your Fellowship time:

I am passionate about improving the health inequalities and challenges facing the patients we look after and am using my fellowship time in several ways.
I will be looking at identifying the barriers to cervical screening in our area of Exeter (which has one of the lowest uptakes of screening) and trying to improve this with targeted intervention.
I will also be working with the local community builders to improve integration of community services and health care provision from the surgery, to ensure a multi-faceted approach to improving health globally.

Susannah Rawlinson – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Susannah Rawlinson – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About me:

I am a Salaried GP at the Clocktower Surgery in Exeter which is a practice for people who are experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably housed.
I completed my GP training in Torbay in 2007 before moving to West Wales and then to Western Australia. During my 10 years in Australia I worked as a GP in an Aboriginal Medical Service in the Pilbara region in the northwest and then as a GP in a homeless health clinic in Fremantle. I returned to the UK in 2022.
I have special interests in substance misuse and homeless healthcare. I am currently undertaking my RCGP Level 2 Certificate in Substance misuse to become a GPwSI in substance misuse.

About your Fellowship time:

The health inequalities fellowship is an excellent opportunity to spend time outside my everyday role as a GP to look at the bigger picture of the impact of health inequality on individuals and society. It gives me an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of health inequalities and listen to and share experiences with colleagues working in similar fields. It also gives me an opportunity to undertake project work aimed at identifying and addressing an area of unmet need to contribute towards a sustainable reduction in health inequalities in Devon. I also hope to disseminate this learning about reducing health inequalities locally, regionally and at a national level.

Emily Cotton – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Emily Cotton – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About me:

I am currently working as a salaried GP at Dartmouth. I am particularly interested in the interplay between mind and body. I think this is a hugely under-recognised proportion of the work that we do as GPs. I have been training and developing my skills in the area of trauma informed care that I think is the “missing puzzle piece” in many presentations.

About your Fellowship time:

My project aims to look at working with the PCN to offer trauma-informed education to staff as well as looking at the challenges of rural poverty in the local area.

John McGuinness – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

John McGuinness – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About me:

I am a salaried GP at Corner Place Surgery in Paignton. I moved to Devon after my GP training and working as a GP in South London. I have an interest in social prescribing, health inequalities and how primary care works with the community. I enjoy spending time outdoors, running and weekends at the beach with my family.

About your fellowship time:

My fellowship is working with Paignton & Brixham PCN. I plan to continue working with the community on building healthy heart communities.

This will include BP checks in the community, outreach events and linking in with community groups and the Torbay public health teams.

I also want to establish a Torbay wide health inequalities group to share and support education and project work based on health inequalities.

Josie Rosser – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Josie Rosser – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About you:

I am a salaried GP working at North Road West Medical Centre in Plymouth for the last seven years. I moved to Plymouth to start my GP training, having previously been a surgical trainee in the West Midlands, and completed my medical degree at Newcastle University. I am a GP trainer and have an interest in education from medical students through to GP trainees.

Outside of being a GP and a health inequalities fellow I enjoy spending time with my two children, gardening and looking after the school allotment.

About your fellowship time:

My fellowship is looking at childhood obesity and developing a more holistic and compassionate approach. I will be working within the Drake primary care network, but also alongside the school nursing team and public health team.

My aim is to gain a greater understanding of how we as health care professionals can best support and help families and children living with weight related problems, and also looking into the impact of adverse childhood events and understanding more about trauma-focused care in relation to obesity.

Marie Larford – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

Marie Larford – Health Inequality Fellowship (2023-2024)

About you:

I completed my GP training in south London before moving to Devon after I qualified. I currently work as a salaried GP in Torquay. I have an interest in health inequalities, with a focus around asylum seeker and refugee health. I have experience in volunteering with Doctors of the World and currently volunteer with Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support in their health triage clinic. I am also planning to train in medico-legal report writing for survivors of torture.

About your fellowship time:

Currently each newly arrived asylum seeker into Devon should receive a health assessment. This presents an opportunity to undertake a holistic assessment of physical, mental health and social needs. There is currently no standardised format for this assessment and there are barriers which can impact upon these being undertaken. I am therefore looking to create a standard model for the health assessments, and within my local area look at the pathway to assessment, aiming to reduce barriers and optimise any referral pathways.  I am also keen to roll out further education and teaching to trainees and clinicians in Devon to increase knowledge and confidence in supporting this population.

Lucy Horsley – Health Inequality Fellowship (2024-2025)

Lucy Horsley – Health Inequality Fellowship (2024-2025)

About you:

I am a salaried GP working at Pathfields Medical Group.

I finished my VTS training in April 2021 in Torbay. I had worked at semi-rural practices throughout my registrar training and so working in Plymouth was a bit of a change of pace. Having completed the new to practice fellowship I felt enthused to take on more of a project and be able to combine two of the areas I have become particularly interested in over the past 2-3 years: women’s health and health inequalities.

About your Fellowship time:

During my fellowship I am hoping to understand why women, especially those in our most deprived areas are less likely to engage with routine cervical screening. And what we as a GP practice can do to make this more accessible.


Past GP Fellows

Kate Warner – GP Educator Fellow (2021 – 2022)

Kate Warner – GP Educator Fellow (2021 – 2022)

Hannah Claxton – GP Educator Fellow (2021 –2022)

Hannah Claxton – GP Educator Fellow (2021 –2022)

I am a salaried GP in Exeter and also working as a Training Programme Director for the Exeter and East Devon GP VTS. I am passionate about supporting and educating the Primary Care workforce and am particularly interested in Public Health and improving patient experience.I grew up in the North West of England and moved to Devon after medical school in Glasgow ten years ago and have never looked back. I spend most of my spare time with my two young children, my husband and long-suffering cocker spaniel – exploring the Devon countryside and renovating our ramshackle farmhouse.


During my fellowship time I had the opportunity to work on projects specifically looking at the development of Primary Care Networks as learning environments. I trained as a PBSGL facilitator and used this training to help kickstart PBSGL as a multi-professional group learning tool in PCNs across East Devon – moving from 2 groups running to 7 with a further 2 PCNs in the early planning stages.I also supported the initiation of group tutorials for GP trainees (with the inclusion of some AHPs and medical students where relevant) in 2 PCNs and implemented a multi-professional PCN induction for GP trainees at one PCN.

This work was shared with GP trainers in my patch as well as at larger conferences such as the HEE Multi-professional Learning Conference SW – October 2022. There are plans to further share at the upcoming Peninsula GP Trainers Conference. Extending the reach of these projects beyond East Devon, I attended a North Devon GP Trainers Workshop and as a result group education is PCNs is in the early stages of development there.

This fellowship was a fantastic opportunity to build my skills in networking, collaboration and QI. I really enjoyed working with colleagues from other patches and seeing things through over the 12 months with the start of some fantastic collaboration in PCNs. It has also been really educational to me in terms of understanding the GP landscape and how PCNs function.

Daniel Korn – Workforce Fellowship/Health Inequality Fellowship (2019-2020)

Daniel Korn – Workforce Fellowship/Health Inequality Fellowship (2019-2020)

I qualified on the Plymouth GP training scheme in 2019 and now work as a GP in inner city Plymouth. Prior to GP training I spent four years working in South Africa and Malawi. I have special interests in Chronic pain, Palliative Care and Health Inequalities. I have additional roles supporting recruitment and training in primary care, and developing programs to support the emerging and current workforce to address health inequalities. I teach on the Foundation Medicine course at Peninsular Medical School. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, tennis, and travel to far flung places when little people and time allows.


During my fellowships time I spent time with various services developing skills to work in areas of high deprivation, and undertook further training to support my interests, these included:

• Spent time at local substance misuse services, wellbeing hubs and mental health services
• Completed the RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse Part 1
• Completed a Post-graduate Certificate in Medical Education

I had the opportunity to work on projects during my time which included:

• Developing an existing chronic pain service in my Practice to support complex lives, with options for group consultations and better links to social prescribing.
• Developed an interactive virtual reality app of a patient journey through GP to broaden access to work-related learning opportunities for young people considering a career in medicine, and to increase exposure to GP as a career.

My fellowship time allowed me the opportunity to skill up in areas essential to my core clinical work, giving me greater confidence. It also allowed me to develop interests and skills in education and workforce support, and understand the opportunities and roles available to develop my career in these areas.

Daisy Robinson – Workforce Fellowship (2019-2020)

Daisy Robinson – Workforce Fellowship (2019-2020)

Megan HewittEducation Fellow (Feb 2022 – Feb 2023)

Megan Hewitt – Education Fellow (Feb 2022 – Feb 2023)

Craig Thompson – GP Simulation Fellow (Sept 2022 – Sept 2024)

Craig Thompson – GP Simulation Fellow (Sept 2022 – Sept 2024)

About me

I am a GP in Exeter working for St Thomas Medical Group. I trained on the Torbay VTS and then spent some time in Australia before coming back to Devon in 2017.

About my fellowship time

Personal Development: I am the clinical supervisor for our ARRS team so I was interested in this fellowship as it focuses on introducing simulation-based education to multi-disciplinary teams in primary care. 

Projects/QI: We are developing a suite of educational scenarios to be delivered at the local simulation centres as well as locally within surgeries and care homes.

What did I get out of my fellowship?

I’ve enjoyed learning more of the theory of education and the development and delivery of simulation-based education scenarios.

John McGuinness – Population Health Fellowship (Sept 2022 – Sept 2023)

John McGuinness – Population Health Fellowship (Sept 2022 – Sept 2023)

About me

I am a salaried GP at Corner Place Surgery in Paignton. I moved to Devon after my GP training and working as a GP in South London. I have an interest in social prescribing, health inequalities and how primary care works with the community. I enjoy spending time outdoors, running and weekends at the beach with my family.

About my fellowship time

My fellowship is working with the Torbay Public Health Team. We are piloting NHS Health Checks in a community setting targeting residents at high risk of cardiovascular disease and health inequalities. 

We aim to reach people with this model who might not access healthcare via the traditional routes and evaluate the pilot to consider future potential uses of an outreach model. We are working alongside community organisations to ensure the pilots is aligned to their community’s needs.

Alongside this, I am working with our local Primary Care Network to develop and implement a cardiovascular disease strategy at a PCN level.

What did I get out of my fellowship?

So far it’s a great opportunity to learn more about population and public health, understand the health system better across Devon and work with some fantastic community organisations and passionate colleagues. It keeps me energised and is a great way to do something I enjoy alongside my clinical GP work.

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