GP Fellowships

Current GP Fellows

Anisio Veloso

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.

Craig Thompson

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

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.

Past GP Fellows

Kate Warner

Kate Warner – GP Educator Fellow (2021 – 2022)

Hannah Claxton

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

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

Daisy Robinson – Workforce Fellowship (2019-2020)

Megan Hewitt

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

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