Meet the Team

Doctors: Shaftesbury and Fontmell Magna

Dr Simone Yule

Senior Partner
BSc 1988. MB Bch 1991 DRCOG 1994. FP Cert 1996

Gender: Female

Simone Yule qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1991 and has been practicing at The Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 21 years. She is a General Practitioner, specialising in substance misuse and treatment, Psychiatry and Women’s Health. 

Simone is the Locality Lead GP for North Dorset and sits on the board of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Simone says that she loves the variability and unpredictability of her work and the chance to work with people from all walks of life. With 2 children and 5 horses, her greatest challenge is juggling home, family, work and hobbies – whilst ‘never judging and always smiling’.

Dr Damian Patterson

BSc 1989 MB BS MRCP 1996 DFFP 2001, MRCGP 2001

Gender: Male

Damian Patterson qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital, London in 1992 having also completed an intercalated BSc in Anthropology at UCL. Dr Patterson has an interest in diabetes, end of life care and general internal medicine. He also enjoys the teaching of medical students and training of doctors in their final Registrar year in general practice.

His greatest challenges are the mountains of paperwork accompanying modern general practice. He says however he has no regrets in his chosen profession and thoroughly enjoys the day to day clinical challenges of the job.

He relishes living in beautiful North Dorset with his wife and 2 children.

Dr Katie Perkins


Gender: Female

Katie qualified from Bristol in 1998 and completed her GP training in the South-West and Australia.

She has a special interest in skin conditions and has diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff university.

She also has an interest in Women’s health and fits subdermal contraceptive implants.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, and going kayaking and skiing.

Dr Julia Cornish

MB BCh 2014 Cardiff University

Gender: Female

Julia qualified from Cardiff Medical School in 2014 and has settled in the South West since.

In her spare time she enjoys baking, Triathlons and spending time with friends and family.

Dr Elise Bevan

Salaried GP
MB ChB 2009 MRCGP 2017

Gender: Female

Elise Bevan qualified from Bristol University in 2009.  She joined the Blackmore Vale Partnership shortly after completing her GP training in 2017.  The variety of the work is what attracted her to general practice.  She is pleased to be back in the countryside following several years of working in large towns and cities in the South West.

She has always been a keen dancer and continues to attend classes.  In her free time she also enjoys reading and going for walks as well as playing board games with her husband.

Dr Jane Crutchfield

Salaried GP

Gender: Female

Dr Crutchfield qualified from University College London in 2013 having also taken a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. She came to Wessex to complete her junior doctor training and qualified as a GP in 2018.

She has recently completed the Sexual and Reproductive Health Diploma. In her spare time she enjoys playing the clarinet and running.

Dr (William) Jeremy Ferguson

Salaried GP
MB ChB (University of Bristol ). MRCP. FRCS Ed. MRCGP

Gender: Male

Dr Christian Adindu

Salaried GP
MB BS MRCGP 1994 University of Lagos

Gender: Male

Dr Michiru Nakamura

Salaried GP
BM 2013 University of Southampton

Gender: Female

Doctors: Sturminster Newton and Marhull

Dr (William) Duncan Ward


Gender: Male

Dr Ward qualified from the University of London and the Royal Free Hospital in 1994 and worked in hospital medicine for some years before training to be a GP in Devon. 

Duncan was a GP Partner in a practice in London before deciding to relocate to Sherborne with his wife Dr Anne-Marie O’Carroll. Since his move to Dorset, Duncan has been working in Yeovil. 

In his spare time Duncan enjoys Opera and travel with his family.

Dr (Donald) James Kershaw

MB ChB 1998 University of Manchester

Gender: Male

Dr Kershaw qualified from Manchester in 1998 and completed his GP training in Liverpool in 2005. James was a GP partner in Leigh and then Salford for 11 years before moving to North Dorset to be closer to family and friends in South Somerset.

He has special interests in respiratory medicine (asthma and COPD), heart failure, general medicine and also provides joint injections for shoulders and knees. He has also recently taken on the role of lead partner for medicines management for the practice.

In his spare time he enjoys gardening, mountain biking, spending time with his young family and looking up at the stars with his telescope.

Dr Julian Rippin

Salaried GP

Gender: Male

Dr Rippin grew up in a village north of Oxford.

In his life before Medicine he worked in factories, delivered boilers and worked as a fully-qualified driving instructor in Notting Hill !  After eighteen years in London, where he did a few Degrees, and worked as a Clinical Biochemist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Great Ormond Street, he headed north to Nottingham to study Medicine, where he met his wife, (who is also a GP).

After qualifying as a doctor he undertook training in General Medicine, then, as his family grew he changed to General Practice.  Dr Rippin’s passions are for his family, Welsh rugby his double bass and a secret desire to one day be a stand-up comedian. He can’t think of anywhere better to live and work than North Dorset.

Dr Lucy Bowden

Salaried GP
MB ChB 1999 University of Manchester

Gender: Female

Having qualified in Manchester I lived in the North West, and worked as a GP partner in Bury for nearly 10 years. I moved to Dorset with my young family in 2016 for a change of pace. I enjoy the variety of general practice, and have an interest in Women’s health and mental health.

In my spare time I enjoy attempting to maintain my fitness with parkrun on a Saturday morning, and exploring the Dorset countryside.

Dr Emily Chamberlain

Salaried GP
BM 2010 University of Southampton

Gender: Female

Dr Chamberlain qualified from the University of Southampton in 2010 and worked in hospitals in Dorset and New Zealand for a few years before training as a GP. 

She is interested in Medical Education and currently undertaking a Masters at the University of Winchester as well as working in an educational role as a Programme Director for GP trainees in Southampton.

Dr Michael Pryce

Salaried GP
MB BS 1994 University of Queensland Australia

Gender: Male

Michael Pryce graduated from University of Queensland in Australia in 1994 and trained in Sydney before working as a GP in West London until 2022 when he moved to Dorset. He specialises in Geriatric Medicine, Minor Surgery and Substance misuse management.

One of the principal reasons for moving to Dorset was to revisit his family origins and to have a greater opportunity to enjoy his past times of running and cycling.

Advanced Care Practitioners

Advanced Care Practitioners are experienced registered Health Care Workers, who have undertaken extra specific learning at Masters level to enhance their skills and clinical acumen.

They can be from a Nursing, Pharmacy, Paramedic, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy background; they work side by side with GPs and can carry out: physical examination, making a diagnosis, requesting tests, arranging treatment including prescriptions and referring on to specialists if needed.

They will discuss your case with a doctor or arrange for a doctor to see you if they need assistance in managing your problem.

Advanced Care Practitioners do not provide cryotherapy (freezing warts), travel health information or immunisations, and do not routinely change dressings or perform blood tests. 

Richard Broad

Advanced Care Practitioner

Carolyn Overton

Advanced Care Practitioner

Adam Smith

Advanced Care Practitioner

Gemma Rees

Advanced Care Practitioner

Rob Ashton

Advanced Care Practitioner

Dave Ings

Advanced Care Practitioner

My Name is Dave Ings, I am a married man with 3 children.

I work within the Blackmore vale partnership as an advanced Nurse practitioner with specialist experience in Emergency care , Minor injuries, addiction’s and Mental health. I have spent many years working in forensic settings where I was exposed to a vast array of clinical events. I like to think my speciality is in Injuries & addictions but I am happy dealing with most presentations as they may arise.

Outside of work my interests are Martial arts of which I have over 40 years’ experience including competing at various levels.

Football is my first love though and for my sins I am an avid fan of Bristol City.

Di Warner

Advanced Care Practitioner

Jamie Lawrence

Advanced Care Practitioner

Lynda Gawler


Advanced Care Practitioner

Vicki Underwood

Advanced Care Practitioner

Bethany Walton Smith

Advanced Care Practitioner


Appointments with a Practice Nurse for dressings, injections, removal of sutures, travel health service, immunisations and routine cervical smears can be made by telephoning:

The nurses also run clinics for Asthma, COPD (respiratory problems) Diabetes, and Healthy Heart. These appointments can be made by contacting the Nurse Secretary on 01747 856708 (Abbey View) or reception for Sturminster Newton and Marnhull on 01258 474500.  We are a training practice for practice nurses and a community placement for student nurses.


Practice Nurse Secretary

Nurse administrator and support


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks.


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, pneumonia and flu vaccinations, B12 injections, Learning disability reviews.


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks.


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, B12 injections.


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, B12 injections, flu vaccinations, minor ops (assisting).


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, pneumonia, shingles and flu vaccinations, B12 injections, minor ops (assisting), wound care.


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, pneumonia vaccinations, B12 injections, leg ulcer care, stitch/staple removal, minor ops (assisting).


Health Care Assistant

Bloods, Blood Pressure, ECGS, diabetic foot checks, pneumonia and flu vaccinations, B12 injections.


Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, leg ulcer care, dopplers, training in smears and baby immunisations.


Spirometry Nurse

Carries out spiro assessments and reviews.


Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, Leg ulcers, dopplers, smears, Baby immunisations, Respiratory reviews, Diabetic reviews.


Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, Leg ulcers, dopplers, smears, Baby immunisations, INRs, Diabetic reviews.


Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, Leg ulcers, dopplers, smears, INRs, Baby immunisations.


Practice Nurse

Respiratory reviews, diabetic reviews, smears.


Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, leg ulcer care, dopplers, baby immunisations, training in smears and Asthma.


Joint Lead Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, smears, Baby immunisations.


Joint Lead Practice Nurse

General treatment room duties, Leg ulcers, dopplers, smears, INRs, Baby immunisations, Heart failure reviews.

Healthcare Team

Community Midwives

  • Abbey View – 01747 856713
  • Sturminster Newton – 01258 474500

The Community Midwives are a small team, based at the practice, able to give advice on all options of care throughout your pregnancy, labour and offer care at home for up to 28 days following the birth; they also provide a 24 hour emergency service.

Their philosophy of care is that the relationship between mother and midwife is fundamental to good midwifery care.

You are able to have an appointment with the midwives without seeing your GP first.

Community Nurses

  • Abbey View – 01258 473188
  • Marnhull – 01258 474506

The specialist nursing skills of the Community Nursing Team, led by a District Nurse, provide care at home to those who are housebound, that is, they require medical transport to leave their home.

Patients whose diagnosis or the procedure required means that it is only safe, or practicable to provide care in their home can also be visited.

The team provide planned care, support, information and advice to minimise the complications associated with any health problems you have.

The team aim to put you at the centre of what they do to ensure that you have a say in your care.

Health Visitors

  • Abbey View – 01747 856709
  • Sturminster Newton – 01258 474515

Based at the surgery the Health Visiting Team are specialist nurses who work within the primary health care team and work with families and children up to 5 years of age.

They monitor child development, promote family and public health, offer advice on immunisation and run a weekly child health clinic.

If all are out please leave a message on the answer machine and you will be contacted as soon as possible.  If it is an emergency please dial the main surgery number.

Healthcare Assistants

Appointments with the HCA for blood tests, blood pressure checks and new patient registration checks can be made by telephoning reception.

Appointments for blood pressure home monitoring and the 24 hour blood pressure machine can be made by contacting the Nurse Secretary on 01747 856708 for Abbey View or reception for Sturminster Newton and Marnhull on 01258 474500.

Practice Management

Sara Froud
Managing Partner

Sara is our Practice Manager and also a non-clinical partner within the practice with the GPs.  Sara has a wealth of NHS experience, having worked in Community and Mental Health Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in Dorset.

The role of the Practice Manager is to manage all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide high quality patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment, information technology and business planning.  Sara works alongside the other managers within the Practice and also supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services.

Sara also works within the Vale Primary Care Network developing services in line with the government policies.  This includes the delivery of the Covid Vaccination Programme, development of Social Prescribing, frailty clinics, etc.

Laura Grant
Operational Manager

Laura has worked at the Practice since 1996, and within the NHS since 1989. Laura over sees the day to day running of the Practice and liaises with all the Partners, members of staff and patients. Laura oversees recruitment of Admin and Housekeeping team members. She works closely with other members of the Management team, to provide an excellent service to our patients.  

She also coordinates Flu and recent Covid Clinics. Every day is different and there is always a new challenge or project to be worked on, which she enjoys.

Amy Rose
Operational Manager

Amy’s role is to work alongside the management team to provide day to day support to aid the successful running of the practice and ensure the care provided is of a high standard.  Amy is also the Human Resources Lead.

Amy has worked at the practice since 2023 and brings experience acquired working in a number of specialties in both local district hospitals and larger teaching hospitals.  She is enjoying working in Primary Care and supporting the delivery of services to fit the needs of The Blackmore Vale community.

Laura and Amy work across all sites and can be contacted if you experience any problems. They are available to discuss any complaints that may arise or any suggestions patients may have.

Sarah Barford-Pike
IT and Data Quality Manager

Sarah is responsible for all the computer systems we use across all of our sites, alongside the phone system and medical devices used by our clinicians.  She also manages the scheduling for our GPs and Nurse Practitioners appointments and their leave and oversees the maintenance of the buildings at both Shaftesbury and Fontmell Magna.  She has worked at the practice since 1995 and enjoys the challenges each day brings alongside the many new things to learn.

Kim Horsburgh
Practice Support Manager

Kim Supports the Partners and Managers to assist with the smooth running of the Practices. She is responsible for procurement and liaises with contractors and outside agencies to ensure that the practice is kept supplied with everything needed for day to day operation. She also deals with complaints.

Every day brings something different. Kim has worked at the Practice for 27 years and has seen many changes and challenges.

Lisa Moseley
Finance Manager

Lisa joined the Practice in 2021 after many years NHS experience working in both Acute and Community Hospitals and Mental Health Trusts.  Lisa is responsible for all aspects of the Practice finances, she works closely with the Partners and liaises with our Accountants and NHS bodies to make sure things run smoothly.

Kay Green


Our Reception team deals with appointments, repeat prescriptions and visits.   Our trained and experienced staff seek to ensure smooth and efficient attention to your requirements, in accordance with Practice policy.

The Medical Secretaries will help with all of the referral letters to consultants for the doctors and other clinicians.  They also look after all aspects of choose and book and are available for patients to contact should they have any difficulty in booking their hospital appointments.

Training Practice/ Registrars

The practice is a training practice, which means that we take students from a number of teaching hospitals to give them experience of general practice. We also train GPs, these are known as GP registrars and they work with the practice for 6 or 12-month periods.

You may be given an appointment with our registrar who is a fully qualified doctor undergoing supervised training to become a GP.  You may be asked if your consultation can be recorded on a video camera.  The recording is then used in a strictly confidential manner, within the surgery, to help patients get the best from these consultations

We wish to thank all our patients for allowing these students and doctors to see them and to sit in on consultations with them. Without this it would not be possible to train the doctors of the future.