Meet the Team


Dr John Martin


Dr Yvonne Duthie

MB BS DCH MRCGP (London 1988)

Dr Tom Eve

MB ChB MRCGP (Birmingham 2003)

Dr Tom Herdman

MB ChB MRCGP (Birmingham 2003)

Dr Olivia Mort

BSc (Hons) MBChB DRCOG (Liverpool 2008)

Dr Jonathan Upton


Dr Garret Stott

MBChB (Warwick 2015)

Dr David Powell

MBBCh DRCOG MRCGP (Cardiff 2007)

Dr Jess Parkin

MB BChir DCH MRCGP DRCOG (Cambridge 20210)

Dr Emily Orr


Dr Mary Webster


Dr Olivia Baker

MBChB (Birmingham 2016) DRCOG

GP Registrar and F2 Doctors

GP Registrar

We are a designated GP Training Practice and usually employ two GP Registrars on either 6 or 12 months’ placements. The Registrars are qualified doctors undergoing postgraduate GP education whilst gaining experience of working in General Practice. They have their own surgery sessions and regularly hold joint surgeries with a training Partner and you will be informed when this is the case.

F2 Doctors

The Practice provides training placements for hospital doctors (known as F2s) to spend time working in General Practice. They hold their own surgeries and they are supervised by a training Partner. These placements last for four months

Advanced Care Practitioners and Advanced Nurse Practitioners

Our Nurse Practitioners are available to see patients with long term conditions and minor illnesses – see Clinics & Services.

Advance Care and Nurse Practitioners assist our doctors by handling a large number of the incoming acute problems and minor illnesses.

Our Advance Care and Nurse Practitioners team includes:

Bethan Phillips

Advance Nurse Practitioner

Mark Woolgar

Advance Care Practitioner

Jemma Penny

Advance Care Practitioner

Practice Nursing Staff

Katie Elliott is our Lead Practice Nurse for a team of five Practice Nurses and four Health Care Assistants, the team supports the doctors in all aspects of healthcare and chronic diseases.

The Practice Nursing team is available for a range of services – see Clinics & Services.

Practice Team

Practice Manager

Mr Guy Patey is the Practice Manager who has responsibility for the overall management of the Practice including finance, human resources, practice development, governance, health and safety, regulatory requirements, estates,training and development, data protection etc.

Operations Support & Regulations Manager

Janice Weetch is responsible for the efficient running of the Practice’s front-line Operations, and is the focal point for Partner/Staff troubleshooting.

Janice is available to discuss any queries, grievances or constructive suggestions from patients and family members, she also overseas the Practice Regulatory and Governance Obligations.

Patient Services Assistants (PSA’s)

Dawn Mancini is responsible for the management of our patient services team. We have a large team of PSA’s that are the first point of contact for patients. They are able to help you with a wide range of requests and queries, including the booking and cancelling of appointments. They are working on behalf of the GP’s to direct enquiries to the most appropriate healthcare professional which in many cases may not be a doctor. The GP’s have instructed that they obtain a brief reason for your request.

Medical Secretaries

Sue Phillips is responsible for the management of our secretarial team. We have a team of dedicated part-time secretaries who operate in a Personal Assistant role to the GP’s and will be able to help you with many of your queries relating to referral and hospital treatments, request for medical reports, progress chasing etc.You may also be called by a Secretary under the instruction of the GP to help with your query.

IT Clinical Performance and Project Manager

James Robert is our very own forward-looking Technology Specialist. He ensures we make the most of Information Technology to support our patients, the Clinical Team and our staffs. The aim is to for us all to enjoy good experiences brought about by technology. He seeks to secure innovation, reliability, safety and patient friendly interactions with the Practice. Vital to his role is keeping your personal data safe. He line manages our Document Scanning / Data team, which handles all the behind the scenes technical functions which are so important to the running of a modern general practice -things such as clinical coding, audit, searches, patient recalls, target monitoring etc. He is always happy to hear about your experiences of our technology – the things that work well for you and any gremlins or issues you may have.

Clinical Information Technology

We rely heavily on information technology for clinical coding, recording, reporting, auditing, reviewing and recalling purposes. This has become a specialist area and we employ a part-time member of staff to coordinate this.

Other Clinical Staff


St James Medical centre no longer has midwives at the practice but you can self-refer for a new pregnancy here.

Shared Care Drug Worker

This service is for patients with substance abuse addictions who are committed to actively managing their condition.


This service is provided by the Somerset Partnership NHS Trust known as ‘Somerset Talking Therapies’. Referral are made either by the GP or patients can self-refer.

Community Nurses

This comprises of District Nurses and Health Visitors.

Both services are managed by Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust and operate from a centralised office, they also contact the practice daily basis.

District Nursing Service, call 0300 323 0026

Health Visiting Service, call 0300 323 0115

Taunton Central PCN

St James Medical Centre and its branch surgery Orchard Medical Centre is part of Taunton central primary care network. St James Medical Centre works in partnership with French Weir Surgery, Quantock Vale Surgery, College Way Surgery and the Crown Medical Centre.

These networks were created to ensure we all maintain the highest quality of patient care by collaborating and supporting each other. By collaborating we are also aiming to find new ways of working. It will help practices to be more sustainable in the future. We aim to incorporate different practitioners (such as well being advisors, physiotherapists and clinical pharmacists) to complement our current GP practice staff.