Meet the Team

We have a range of skilled staff in addition to the qualified doctors at our practice. You can find out more about our dedicated team below.

Our Doctors

Dr. James Phillips



Dr James Phillips trained at Cambridge University obtaining a degree in physiology (2000) before completing clinical training in Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ London hospitals, graduating in 2003. He undertook further training in London and qualified as a General Practitioner in 2007. Dr Phillips moved to the north east in 2007 taking a salaried job at Kepier Medical practice, becoming a partner in 2009. Professional interests include diabetes and geriatric medicine. Pastimes include time with family, a keen interest in all aspects of wood working, whether building or fixing as well as walking in the countryside.

Dr. Ramadevan Ramachandaran



Dr. Jane Ancliff



Dr Glynn Malone

MBCHB 2000, MRCGP 2007


Dr. Alison Clayson



Dr. Ruth Adebiyi



Our Nursing Team

Susan Smith

Advanced Nurse Practitioner


I qualified as a Nurse in 1985 at Sunderland.  In 1987 I joined the Prison Service where I worked for 23 years, in that time I completed the Level One Nursing Course with a certificate in Nurse Higher Education in 1999 at Newcastle University. In 2003 I completed Nurse Prescribing and Supplementary Prescribing Course, I then went on to complete the Clinical Skills course at Sunderland University followed up by Minor injuries and Ailments course at Teeside University. Since leaving the Prison Service I have worked mainly in Primary care Walk – In Centres.

Allison Cotcher

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

HE/Dip/RGN, BSc Minor and Major Illness, Independent Nurse Prescriber.

I have worked mainly in prison and GP surgeries but have also spent time working in urgent care centres. I specialised in acute illness and injury, but I do have interest in other areas such as asthma, contraception and HRT.

Wendy Blackshaw


RN, Dip, Health Studies, Heart Manual Facilitator, Family Planning Cert, Sexual Health Degree

Megan England 


Sarah Waldron

Health Care Assistant

Laura Smith

Health Care Assistant

Our Admin Team

Susan McGrath

Practice Manager

BSc (Hons), BA (Hons), CMgr MCMI

Joanne Forster

Assistant Practice Manager

Christina Patchett

Practice Secretary

Jackie Ranson

Medical Administrator

Carley Cresswell

Medical Receptionist

Hayley Graves

IT Administrator

Margaret Kirtley

Medical Receptionist

Donna Wilkinson

Reception Supervisor

Hannah Lowes

Medical Receptionist

Shauna Walker

Medical Administrator

Karen Holmes

Medical Receptionist

Rebecca Armstrong

Medical Receptionist

Rose Dodds

Accounts Clerk/Medical Receptionist

Sam Abele

Medical Receptionist

James Belshaw

Medical Receptionist 

Joanne Wake

Medical Receptionist

Practice Pharmacists

Our Clinical Pharmacists work as part of our multi-disciplinary team to provide expertise in face to face and/or telephone structured medication reviews, medication consultations, manage medicines and long-term conditions, authorise repeat prescriptions, manage transfer of care and systems for safer prescribing and issue acute prescription requests while addressing clinical, social, and public health needs of patients at our surgery.

Social Prescribers

Social Prescribers and their Health Coach colleagues work alongside GPs complementing their work by looking at the non-clinical issues. An initial “what matter to me” assessment is carried out within 5 days of receiving the referral; to evaluate the best service and/or individual that can support the patient with their presenting issues.

Areas of support for example can be around Benefits, finances including debt, Health and wellbeing, social isolation, long term health conditions and becoming more active.

Health Care Staff

We have a team of staff who work closely with the practice including district nurses, health visitors, midwives and social workers. Please contact reception if you require access to these services.

Alternatively, you can call direct Monday to Friday: