Meet The Team

The Team

Who we are…

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson is our administrator. She likes her cats and crafts, and also volunteers for the National Trust and The Box. She’s very organised so please get in touch if you’re lost, confused, or otherwise befuddled and I’m sure she’ll sort you out. She is the nerve centre of the great ship VTS.

She’ll also be recording if you don’t turn up, so no missing teaching sessions.

The photo is Bella, not Sarah

David Hopes

David is our Associate Postgraduate Dean. He is a partner at Abbey Surgery in Tavistock, trainer, appraiser and anything else that gets him out of proper work.

He likes making trainees do the fluffy bits of the curriculum and forgets names.

He likes outdoor sports, the quiet when his children have gone to bed and writing silly things on websites.

Claire Fox

Claire is our senior TPD and is in charge of the local RCGP RCA/CSA course, so is nobbled to go and do things ‘RCA/CSA-wise’ several times a year! This means that she is a leading resource to help get you through your exam – well worth knowing.

She is a GP in Plymouth with lots of interests that I’ll be adding as soon as I’ve found time to drag her away from the RCA/CSA course, work and her children (not in that order) to ask her about them.

Stephen Ward-Booth

Steve is a TPD who started in May 2018. You’ll meet him doing a range of teaching and he has a particular interest in functional illness, which is a great relief to the rest of us who find it difficult. He has been a trainer for a long time and a GP in Plymouth for even longer.

As well as being passionate about teaching GP, he also likes running up hills, playing in a rock band and running around with his children. He consistently refuses to let his photo be uploaded to the site <note from the editor – sorry, Steve, we found you!>, so if you’re looking for him, he’s the only member of the team with a beard (until one of the girls decides this distinction is too gender binary).

Samantha Wheeler

Sam is the newest member of the TPD team and joined in January 2020. She is delighted to have such wise and experienced colleagues to help her learn the ropes! She lives on Dartmoor with (what seems like) loads of teenagers who can occasionally be convinced to join her out on the moors or beach in exchange for food or extra wi-fi. 

She works as a GP in Tavistock and as an appraiser, as well as dabbling in some teaching at Plymouth University. 

Fellows and Scholars

Melissa Lemon

Melissa is our TPD Fellow for 2020/21

Melissa Lemon

Michelle is our GP Education Fellow for 2020/21

Michelle is our GP Education Fellow who joined the Plymouth VTS team in June 2020. Michelle works between the Peninsula Medical School and the VTS encouraging medical students to ‘see the light’ and choose General Practice. Michelle also works as a GP in Bude. In her spare time, she loves running and enjoying the beautiful North Cornish coast with her husband and two children.

Bethany Westcott

We have an Educational Scholar too. This is a one-year placement where an ST3 spends additional time in a teaching or leadership role alongside their 13 month ST3 year.

Bethany is our ST3 scholar this year and is looking forward to working with all the Plymouth GP trainees. She is currently a GP registrar at Tavyside Surgery in Tavistock and lives on Dartmoor. Outside work, Bethany enjoys many outdoor activities including walking, cycling, swimming and climbing. She and her husband have just bought a van and are hoping to spend the winter converting it into a camper for more adventures!