Our team

GP partners

Dr Julia Brown

Dr Julia Brown

GMC No 3584998
1992 Newcastle

Dr Brown is our lead GP Partner for diabetes care.

Dr Karthik Shanmugam

GMC No 6031088
MB BS 2000 Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Med University

Dr Shanmugam has a specialist interest in Diabetes and is an approved GMC trainer.

Dr Bridget Laybourne

GMC No 4369080
1996 Johannesburg

Dr Laybourne is our lead GP Partner for family planning and is also our safeguarding lead.

Dr Lucy Fox

GMC No 7454780
2014 Leeds

Dr Fox is musculoskeletal lead and lead in steroid injections. She is also palliative care lead.

Our GPs

Dr Sinead Bell

Dr Bell graduated from Cardiff (MBBCh) in 2011 and completed her GP training in Leeds. She has now relocated to North Yorkshire with her husband and two young children and is excited to settle here and explore everything this beautiful area has to offer.

Dr Monica Jamieson

Dr Jamieson qualified as a doctor in Leicester in 1997, and as A GP in 2003. She has worked in a variety of practices, most recently in rural north Northumberland and then in inner city Leeds. She is now firmly settled in North Yorkshire and is very much looking forward to getting to know the local area.

GP registrars

This is a training practice, so you may see another doctor known as a GP registrar.

A GP registrar is a qualified doctor who is training to become a GP through a period of working and training in a practice. They will usually have spent at least two years working in a hospital before you see them in a practice and are closely supervised by a senior GP and/or trainer.

You will be advised if an appointment is with a GP registrar and you will have the choice to have an appointment with another member of the clinical team if you prefer.

As part of their training they are required to record some of their consultations on video. These recordings are normally only seen by the doctor and his or her trainer and will only be made or viewed with your written permission.

Locum GPs

You may also speak to and/or be seen by a locum doctor. A locum doctor is a fully qualified GP who works at the practice on a temporary basis to cover the regular doctors when they are away from the practice, for example on holiday or on maternity leave.

Clinical pharmacists

You may also speak to and/or be seen by a clinical pharmacist. Pharmacists are experts in medicines and our clinical pharmacists work as part of the general practice team to resolve day-to-day medicine issues and consult with patients directly. This includes reviewing new patients, providing extra help to manage long-term conditions and advice for those on multiple medications. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety. Currently we have Mick Rayner and Paul Gale working within our team.


Caroline Blackburn – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Caroline qualified as a registered nurse in 1996 and has worked in the community setting since 2003. She completed additional training as a Non Medical Prescriber and Physical Assessment Skills in 2010 and has a Bachelor’s of Science with honours in Respiratory Practice (2012).

Caroline can undertake assessment and clinical management of patients over 16 years of age with health problems. She can take health history, perform clinical examinations, diagnose and treat many illnesses and conditions. She has special clinical interests in respiratory medicine (asthma/COPD) and elderly care.

Debra Smith – Nurse Prescriber

Debra qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1997 and has worked as Practice nurse for the past 14 years. She has been a Nurse Prescriber since 2014 and can undertake assessment and management of patients with minor health illnesses and long-term conditions including hypertension (blood pressure), cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. She has undertaken specialist training in respiratory medicine (asthma and COPD), minor illness/injury and is also a Nurse Trainer/Mentor for the Cervical Cytology Service. Debra holds specialist chronic disease clinics for patients with asthma and COPD, hypertension and cardiovascular disease and provides minor illness/minor injury clinics. She is also available for telephone advice.

Sandra Chapman – Nurse

Sandra has undertaken specialist training in coronary heart disease, diabetes and smoking cessation.

Amy Kerr – Nurse

Amy joined us as a treatment room nurse after spending a number of years working on the Ambulatory Care Ward at the Friarage Hospital.

Janet Coates – Nurse

Janet has undertaken specialist training in smoking cessation and in coronary heart disease.

Phlebotomy and Care Assistant

Terri Weston

Olivia Dixon

Kathryn Hill

Helen Stephenson

Supporting staff

Practice Manager
Alison Binks

Sue Buck – Dispensary Manager
Diane Ashby
Kate Fox
Diane Harmsworth

Dispensary Assistants
Amanda Morton
Betty Guy

Home Delivery Driver
Tim Marshall

Practice Support Team
Janet Armstrong
Amanda Crawford
Jo Corbett
Jo Jones
Lisa Pickering
Ruth Westwood
Susan Knowles
Lisa Roper

Specialist Paramedic

Pete Shaw, a Specialist Paramedic employed by Yorkshire Ambulance Service, is based at our Practice. In a scheme unique to Leyburn Medical Practice, as well as answering Ambulance Service emergency calls, Pete works closely with our GPs when triaging cases including when responding to 999 call outs to patients’ homes.

Community Support Staff

Access is provided to a full complement of support staff, based mainly in the same building, comprising community nurses, midwives, health visitor, physiotherapist, chiropodist and psychiatric nurses.

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