DR LOUISE BOND
Partner - MB BS BSc (MRCGP)06 DFFP DRCOG DCH - GMC Number - 6029217
Louise graduated from Imperial Medical School (previously Charing Cross and Westminster), in 2001 having also achieved a BSc. in Physiology. She always planned to become a GP and moved to Barnstaple in 2002. Louise has an interest in women’s health and runs a women’s health clinic on Monday mornings, open to all female patients in the practice. Louise job shares with Dr Suzanne Smit. Outside of work Louise enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing with her friends. She is also married to another local GP.
DR TIM CHESWORTH
Partner - MB ChB MRCS MRCGP - GMC Number 4500092
After graduating from Bristol University in 1998, Tim initially trained in general surgery before finally seeing the light, and changing to general practice. Tim is currently the executive or managing partner, supporting our practice manager in strategic planning and the day to day running of the practice. He also represents the practice at the Barnstaple Alliance and the Local Medical Committee and works one session a week as a Medical Examiner. Outside of work Tim enjoys keeping fit by swimming, cycling and running.
DR THOMAS HARRY CORMACK
Partner - MB BS - GMC Number 7134429
Harry graduated from the University of London in 2011. He became a Partner at Brannams in 2020. His interests include care of the elderly and training of medical students and trainee doctors.
DR MELANIE DEACON
Partner - MB MRCP DRCOG DFSRH - GMC Number 6051351
After graduating from Southampton in 2002, Melanie embarked on her GP training, working in the Southwest of England and Australia. She joined Brannam in 2008 for her registrar year and continued with the team becoming a salaried doctor. She became a Partner in 2010 and now job shares with Dr Miranda Coberman. As research lead for Brannam she encourages the involvement of patients and staff in General Practice based studies via the National Institute for Health Research. Outside of work Melanie likes travel and making the most of the Devonshire countryside and beaches with her husband and two young daughters.
DR OLIVER HASSALL
Partner - MB BS MA SPH PhD MRCGP - GMC Number 4331672
Oliver did a zoology degree before studying medicine and trained as a GP in Australia, Liverpool and South Molton. While a research fellow, he lived and worked in Kenya and has a PhD from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He is a clinical director of the Barnstaple Alliance Primary Care Network and has particular interests in population health and health inequalities. Oliver job shares his list of patients with Dr Simon Stacey and when his other commitments demand it he is covered by our excellent salaried and locum doctors. Outside of work, Oliver enjoys having fun outdoors.
DR CLARE HOLLISTER
Partner - MBCHB DCH DRCOG DFFP MRCGP - GMC Number 6102905
Clare graduated from Bristol University Medical School in 2004. She worked abroad in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before starting GP training. Clare has worked at Brannam Medical centre since 2013 as a salaried GP, becoming a partner in 2023 and job shares with Dr Sarah Street. She does monthly homeless outreach clinics at the Freedom Centre and also has a special interest in women's health.
DR UJJWOL JOSHI
Partner - MB BS - GMC Number - 7447331
Joshi graduated from Kathmandu Medical College in Nepal and did some rural medicine in Nepal before coming to the UK to do his MSc Public Health. He then worked in ICU/Anaesthetics and then A&E at Royal Berkshire Hospital before deciding to train as a General Practitioner. Joshi then trained in North Devon and completed his MRCGP in 2021. In his leisure time, Joshi likes going for walks and explore the coast with his family.
DR EDWARD MATTHEWS
Partner - MB BS BSc MRCGP - GMC Number 6130011
Ed went to medical school in London, qualifying in 2005 and joined the practice in September 2010. When not at work, Ed is happier doing something outdoors, accompanied by his dog, Piccalilli.
DR AMY PARKINSON
Partner - MB ChB MRCGP DRCOG DCH PGCertClinEd MAcadMedEd HEA - GMC Number 7130345
After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2011, Amy worked as an A&E registrar in Australia for a few years. Amy completed her GP training in North Devon, and has additional postgraduate qualifications in Paediatrics, Teaching and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She joined the Brannam team as a Partner in 2018. Amy is the North Devon Training Programme Director and takes an active part in teaching our future GP's through the local training scheme. Outside of work Amy enjoys travelling, walking near her home at Exmoor, gardening, kayaking, playing piano and spending time with her young family.
DR SUZANNE SMIT
Partner - MB ChB DRCOG DFFP MRCS MRCGP - GMC Number 4582296
Suzanne graduated from university in South Africa in 1998 and joined our busy team in October 2010. Suzanne specialises in women’s health, obesity and ENT and job shares with Dr Louise Bond. Outside of work Suzanne enjoys running, hiking, reading and watching rugby. She is married to a GP and they have two children.
DR SIMON STACEY
DR SARAH STREET
Partner - BSc MB/BChir MRCGP - GMC Number 6163124
Sarah was brought up in Barnstaple and went on to study Biochemistry at Sheffield University. She then worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 4 years before deciding on a career change into medicine. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 and completed her GP training in the Bath area. Now married with 2 young children she has made the move back to North Devon to be nearer family and the sea. Sarah job shares with Dr Jackie Tolhurst. Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as trying to keep fit through surfing and running with her dog.
MSc - Team Lead
Andrea graduated from Coventry University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Adult Nursing and Paramedic Science, meaning she is qualified to practice in both professions. In 2022, Andrea completed a Master's (MSc) degree from University of the West of England (Bristol) in Advanced Clinical Practice. Andrea joined Brannams in 2019 and works three days a week in the Emergency On The Day Team. Prior to this, Andrea was a Specialist Paramedic with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) and has a background of being an Accident and Emergency Staff Nurse in Barnstaple. Andrea occasionally works as a Paramedic with SWAST, enjoys spending time with her young family and travelling home to Ireland as often as possible.
Jan has worked at Brannams since 2019 and currently works two days a week. Jan's nursing career started with basic nursing care the fundamentals of nursing. She worked as an Accident and Emergency nurse for over 15 years which gave her an excellent foundation for patient care. Since then, Jan entered primary care working in out of hours urgent care community nursing practice covering minor injuries and same day/urgent care. Jan feels privileged to have worked with so many fantastic teams and is passionate about the patient journey and care in these difficult times. Jan loves spending time with her family cooking and enjoying the countryside.
Becky qualified in 1995 as a Registered Nurse and worked at NDDH within the surgical department. She left NDDH to work in General practice in 1998, joining BMC in 2015. Becky specialised in diabetes and COPD / asthma, is trained in family planning and cervical cytology and tissue viability. In 2010 Becky obtained her BSc (Hons) Degree in Health Studies and then went on to become an Independent/Supplementary Non-Medical Prescriber in 2013. Becky qualified as an Advanced Clinical Practitioner in 2023 gaining her MSC from Plymouth University and uses her advance skills and knowledge with the Emergency On The Day Team. As well as keeping busy with her family and new grandson, Becky's hobbies include quilting, keeping and riding her 2 horses.
Nicky is joined the team at Brannams as a Trainee Nurse Practitioner in 2022 and is working towards a MSc in Advance Practice at the University of Plymouth. Nicky started her NHS career at South Molton Community Hospital as a Healthcare Assistant and loved the local community that she helped to look after. She then undertook her adult nursing degree qualifying in 2017. Since then, Nicky has worked in the local Accident and Emergency department at North Devon District Hospital as an adult nurse, a job which she continues for 2 days a week. Nicky is married with two teenage children and loves gardening, walking and travelling to France.
Josh trained as a Paramedic at Plymouth University and qualified in 2019. He started his career working as a Paramedic for SWAST in Bristol, before returning to North Devon. Josh spent some time at Brannam Medical Centre when he was a student and has now returned as a registered clinician to start on his MSc in Advance Practice at University. Outside of work, Josh likes to keep himself busy outdoors. Either mountain biking, surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking or wondering off around the country on van trips with his partner.
Elliot has worked for 6 years as a frontline paramedic for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) following graduation from the University of Northampton. He relocated to North Devon in 2021 and made the transition to Primary Care for the last 18 months in the Ilfracombe and Braunton area. In his spare time he enjoys to get out into the great outdoors in any which way, be it surfing, hiking, biking and snowboarding.
Desri Dyer is our lead nurse, and Treatment Room Sister. She started working at Brannam on a part-time basis in 1995 and gradually built her hours and experience over the years, taking the full time senior nurse post in 2002. She is an RGN, qualifying in 1984 at North Devon District Hospital. Since working at Brannam, she has gained a Bsc Hons in nursing, diplomas in Asthma, COPD and CHD, a Post Graduate certificate in Leadership for Quality Improvement. Her other specialities include tissue viability, infection control, cervical cytology and family planning to include insertion and removal of implants. Desri enjoys working with such an enthusiastic and dynamic team who are all very supportive of one another.
Andrea joined the team in September 2014. She completed a Dip HE in Adult Nursing in 2002, she has since gained a BSC (Hons) in health studies in 2012. Andrea has worked in both acute hospital and community settings. Andrea has completed the Practice Nurse foundation course and other courses which include cervical cytology, ear irrigation, asthma and COPD. Andrea's working areas include routine clinics, well woman, travel, minor illness, asthma and is the lead for the children's vaccination clinic. Outside of work Andrea enjoys a busy family life and has recently taken up running.
Emily works in the treatment room as a Practice Nurse. Emily started in the treatment room as as healthcare assistant and qualified in July 2019 as a Practice Nurse. Emily's day to day treatment room duties include dressings, injections, dopplers, ecgs and taking bloods . She is currently doing a Practice Nurse induction course which will equip her with new skills.
Senior Clinical Pharmacist - GPhC Number 2059270
Rachel graduated from Cardiff University in 2003 and completed her Pharmacy training at North Devon District Hospital in 2004. Since then she has worked in Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Children's Hospital and North Devon District Hospital again as well as some time working in community pharmacies over the year. She joined the surgery in 2015 as part of an NHS England pilot to trial pharmacists working within general practice. Since then she has developed the practice pharmacy team and supervises the Barnstaple Alliance PCN Pharmacy Team. In 2021 she became the first non-GP partner at the practice. Outside of work Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young children as well as trying to keep fit through running and cycling.
Susie is our Practice Manager. She joined the team in 2007 as part time relief cover to the receptionists, then receptionist to Dr. Matthews and progressing her role to Deputy Reception Manager in 2018. Susie took over the reigns of Practice Manager in July 2022. Outside of work Susie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running with her dogs and playing netball.