Our team

GP partners

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.

Dr Matt Ansell

GMC 7553011

Dr Ansell graduated from The University of Sheffield Medical School in 2017 and then subsequently completed GP training in the York area.

Dr Rachael Tibbits

Dr Tibbits graduated from Manchester Medical School in 2009 and the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2021. She has worked in a very busy split site practice serving both rural and urban patients before joining our practice.

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 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 advising those on multiple medications. The role is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patient safety. Currently, we have Mick Rayner 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.

Emma Knights – Nurse

Emma has joined us as a treatment room nurse after spending several years working at the Friarage Hospital.

Phlebotomy and Care Assistant

Olivia Dixon

Kathryn Hill

Alison Mulligan

Clare Tulip

Kristie Townend

Supporting staff

Practice Manager
Alison Binks

Sue Buck – Dispensary Manager
Kate Fox
Diane Harmsworth
Amanda Morton

Dispensary Assistants
Amanda Morton
Betty Guy
Kirsty Worsley

Home Delivery Driver
Tim Marshall

Practice Support Team
Janet Armstrong
Amanda Crawford
Jo Corbett
Ruth Westwood
Susan Knowles
Lisa Roper
Millie Riley
Kirsty Worsley

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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