Dr Philip Evans

MB MS (1983 London) male GMC No. 2837413

Philip qualified from Guy's Hospital, University of London in 1983 and joined the practice in October 1987.

He is married with three sons. Philip gained a Master's Degree in 1995 based on research performed within the practice.

His clinical interests include heart disease and diabetes, and in particular preventing these diseases. Dr Evans was an RCGP Research Training Fellow from 1988-1990 and then Lecturer in the University of Exeter. When he is not in the practice he works as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in the University of Exeter Medical School and has a research interest in type 2 diabetes, in particular its diagnosis and screening. He has recently been appointed as the NIHR CRN National Theme Co-Lead for Primary Care, Mental Health, Public Health, and Dermatology. He is also the National Specialty Lead for Primary Care within the Clinical Research Network of the NHS.

Dr Harriet Dickson

BM BCh (1988 Oxford) female - GMC No.3301168

Harriet qualified as a doctor in Oxford 1988 and a GP in 1996, joining St Leonard's as a partner in June 2001.

She enjoys the challenges and rewards of General Practice with particular interests in mental health and general medicine. She is involved with the teaching of medical students and training of doctors to become GPs. Her own decision to train as a GP was made after a spell working in an academic research laboratory in Oxford.

Harriet lives in Lyme Regis with her daughter and son and generally travels in to Exeter by train and bike.

Dr Alex Harding

MB BS (1991 London) male - GMC No. 3590630

Qualified from University College London in 1991. After completing his training for General Practice at this surgery, he then worked for 3 years as a locum doctor at the surgery, before traveling and working abroad.

Alex has special interests in education and works at the University of Exeter Medical School. He is married with three young children. Dr Harding is Sub Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Dr David Bossano

BM BS (1994 London) male - GMC No. 4106814

David trained in London and the North West. He became a GP and between 2001 and 2006 David was a GP Principal at The Robert Darbishire Practice, Manchester.

He works half-time at St Leonard's Practice whilst also teaching medical students at University of Exeter Medical School.

His main interests are general family medicine, chronic disease management, and team working and population health. In his previous post David was lead GP for heart disease and diabetes and also involved in management and quality improvement.

Dr James Gunning

Dr James Gunning qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2005. He has worked in the South West since this time and completed his GP training in 2010. Dr Gunning has a special interest in Dermatology and Skin Surgery and also works as an Academic Tutor with the Exeter Medical School.

Dr Gunning is married to another doctor and they have an 18 month old son. Dr Gunning is a very keen water sports enthusiast, tennis player and skier.

GP earnings statement - March 2016

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in ST Leonard's Practice in the last financial year was £46,358 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full-time GP, 6 part-time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Dr Laura Bethune

MBBS BSc (2001 London) - GMC No. 6028325

Laura qualified from Imperial college Medical School, London in 2001. She when straight into her GP vocational scheme at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington and qualified as a GP in 2005. After completing her training she went to Zambia with her husband to work in a rural hospital for a year. On her return to the UK she worked as a salaried GP and then after 1 year as a GP Partner in a rural practice in Somerset for 8 years.

Laura's family have recently relocated to Exeter and is delighted to become a member of the St Leonard's team. Laura is a very proud mother of twin boys and has a specialist interest in female / sexual health, and is qualified to fit Coils and Implants.

Prof Jose M Valderas

MD PhD MPH (1997 University of Barcelona) male - GMC No. 6159785

I am an Academic General Practitioner, with a commitment to research that is relevant for decision making in clinical practice and health policy. I currently hold appointments as Professor of Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Exeter Medical School, Senior Clinical Researcher at the Health Services and Policy Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and Senior Researcher at the Policy Research Unit in Quality and Outcomes of Person-Centred Care, funded by Department of Health.

After combining my PhD (IMIM-Hospital del Mar and Pompeu Fabra University) and my training as a General Practitioner in Barcelona, Spain, I started my post-doctoral research at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the supervision of the late Prof. Barbara Starfield. I then joined the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester led by Prof. Martin Roland, and in 2010 I arrived at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford to set up and lead the Health Services and Policy Research Group. Since September 2013, I hold the Chair in Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Exeter Medical School. My current research interests focus on the use of patient reports on their own health for decision making in clinical practice and health policy, and the improvement of processes of care (quality and safety), with a particular interest in patients with multiple conditions.

Since completing my training as a General Practitioner I have maintained active clinical practice in different countries and in a variety of environments, including developing countries for very brief periods. I am also devoted to postgraduate teaching, particularly in areas where research meets clinical practice (Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice).

Dr Frances Palmer


Dr Frances Palmer qualified from St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Medical School in 2001, worked as a junior hospital doctor in London, Brighton and Australia before completing her GP training in London. She worked as a GP in the East End before moving to Devon where she has worked as a salaried GP in Budleigh and Exmouth.

She has an interest in skin problems and works once a month in the dermatology department at Heavitree Hospital. She is trained to carry out minor surgery and fit contraceptive implants.

Dr Fiona Stuart


Fiona qualified from the university of Birmingham in 1996 and apart from a year in New-Zealand has lived and worked in Devon for the last 20 years. Firstly in west Devon, working at Derriford hospital where she qualified as a GP in 2002. For the last 10 years she has been working as a GP in Exeter and also works for the local CCG as a clinical commissioner of children's services and helps training students at the medical school. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine and has a particular interest in children's health.


ST1, 2, 3 or 4s are qualified doctors taking speciality training (ST) in general practice.

Dr Sarah de Courcy GMC 7265301

Locum Doctors

From time to time the practice employs locum doctors to cover for periods of partner absence. These doctors all have the MRCGP qualification and we try to use the same Locums. We encourage you to see these doctors if possible and not to wait for the return of your own doctor.

St Leonard's Practice

The Surgery
Athelstan Road
Exeter EX1 1SB

Surgery opening hours
Monday to Friday 08:15 - 18:00
Closed Wed 13:00 - 14:00

Appointment Line: 01392 201 791
General Enquiries: 01392 201 790
Email: D-CCG.StLeonardsPractice@nhs.net

Surgery telephone hours
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 18:00

The St Leonard's Practice provides GP and family doctor services to patients in Exeter, Wonford, Heavitree, St Leonard's, Whipton, Stoke Hill and Pennsylvania.