Shaftesbury and Fontmell Magna

Dr Simone Yule

BSc 1988. MB Bch 1991 DRCOG 1994. FP Cert 1996

Senior Partner

Simone Yule qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1991 and has been practicing at The Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 21 years. She is a General Practitioner, specialising in substance misuse and treatment, Psychiatry and Women's Health.  Simone is the Locality Lead GP for North Dorset and sits on the board of the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.  Simone says that she loves the variability and unpredictability of her work and the chance to work with people from all walks of life. With 2 children and 5 horses, her greatest challenge is juggling home, family, work and hobbies – whilst ‘never judging and always smiling’.

Dr Damian Patterson

BSc 1989 MB BS MRCP 1996 DFFP 2001, MRCGP 2001


Damian Patterson qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital, London in 1992 having also completed an intercalated BSc in Anthropology at UCL. Dr Patterson has an interest in diabetes, end of life care and general internal medicine. He also enjoys the teaching of medical students and training of doctors in their final Registrar year in general practice. His greatest challenges are the mountains of paperwork accompanying modern general practice. He says however he has no regrets in his chosen profession and thoroughly enjoys the day to day clinical challenges of the job. He relishes living in beautiful North Dorset with his wife and 2 children.

Dr Katie Perkins



Katie Perkins

Katie qualified from Bristol in 1998 and completed her GP training in the South-West and Australia.
She has a special interest in skin conditions and has diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff university.
She also has an interest in Women's health and fits subdermal contraceptive implants.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, and going kayaking and skiing.


Dr (Donald) James Kershaw

MB ChB 1998 University of Manchester


Dr Kershaw qualified from Manchester in 1998 and completed his GP training in Liverpool in 2005. James was a GP partner in Leigh and then Salford for 11 years before moving to North Dorset to be closer to family and friends in South Somerset. He has special interests in respiratory medicine (asthma and COPD), heart failure, general medicine and also provides joint injections for shoulders and knees. He has also recently taken on the role of lead partner for medicines management for the practice. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, mountain biking, spending time with his young family and looking up at the stars with his telescope.

Dr (William) Jeremy Ferguson

MB ChB  (University of Bristol ). MRCP. FRCS Ed. MRCGP

Salaried GP

Dr Elise Bevan (f)

MB ChB 2009 MRCGP 2017

Salaried GP


Elise Bevan qualified from Bristol University in 2009.  She joined the Blackmore Vale Partnership shortly after completing her GP training in 2017.  The variety of the work is what attracted her to general practice.  She is pleased to be back in the countryside following several years of working in large towns and cities in the South West.

She has always been a keen dancer and continues to attend classes.  In her free time she also enjoys reading and going for walks as well as playing board games with her husband.

Dr Jane Crutchfield (f)


Salaried GP

Jane Crutchfield website picture


Dr Crutchfield qualified from University College London in 2013 having also taken a BSc in Physiology and Pharmacology. She came to Wessex to complete her junior doctor training and qualified as a GP in 2018. She has recently completed the Sexual and Reproductive Health Diploma. In her spare time she enjoys playing the clarinet and running.

Dr Julia Cornish (f)

MB BCh 2014 Cardiff University

Salaried GP


Julia qualified from Cardiff Medical School in 2014 and has settled in the South West since. In her spare time she enjoys baking, Triathlons and spending time with friends and family.

Sturminster Newton and Marnhull

Dr (William) Duncan Ward



Dr Ward qualified from the University of London and the Royal Free Hospital in 1994 and worked in hospital medicine for some years before training to be a GP in Devon.  Duncan was a GP Partner in a practice in London before deciding to relocate to Sherborne with his wife Dr Anne-Marie O'Carroll. Since his move to Dorset, Duncan has been working in Yeovil.  In his spare time Duncan enjoys Opera and travel with his family.

Dr Matt Grist

BSc 2001, MBBS 2003, MRCP 2007, MRCGP 2011


Matt Grist

Dr Grist qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School, London in 2003. He spent the next few years working in hospital medicine before completing GP training in 2011 in Sturminster. He was subsequently a partner in Sherborne and then practised in Yeovil but was pleased to return to Sturminster in September 2018. He enjoys the variety and continuity of care working in general practice and loves rural Dorset.

Matt lives near Dorchester with his young family and enjoys the outdoors, especially running, walking and sailing.

Dr Julian Rippin


Salaried GP


Dr Rippin grew up in a village north of Oxford.
In his life before Medicine he worked in factories, delivered boilers and worked as a fully-qualified driving instructor in Notting Hill !  After eighteen years in London, where he did a few Degrees, and worked as a Clinical Biochemist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Great Ormond Street, he headed north to Nottingham to study Medicine, where he met his wife, (who is also a GP).
After qualifying as a doctor he undertook training in General Medicine, then, as his family grew he changed to General Practice.  Dr Rippin's passions are for his family, Welsh rugby his double bass and a secret desire to one day be a stand-up comedian. He can't think of anywhere better to live and work than North Dorset.
Dr Lucy Bowden (f)

MB ChB 1999 University of Manchester

Salaried GP

Dr Bowden

Having qualified in Manchester I lived in the North West, and worked as a GP partner in Bury for nearly 10 years. I moved to Dorset with my young family in 2016 for a change of pace. I enjoy the variety of general practice, and have an interest in Women’s health and mental health. In my spare time I enjoy attempting to maintain my fitness with parkrun on a Saturday morning, and exploring the Dorset countryside.

Dr Emily Chamberlain (f)

BM 2010 University of Southampton

Salaried GP

Dr Emily Chamberlain

Dr Chamberlain qualified from the University of Southampton in 2010 and worked in hospitals in Dorset and New Zealand for a few years before training as a GP. She is interested in Medical Education and currently undertaking a Masters at the University of Winchester as well as working in an educational role as a Programme Director for GP trainees in Southampton. 

Dr Jacqueline Ainsley

BM BS 1997 University of Nottingham

Salaried GP

Dr Ainsley is an experienced General Practitioner having qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 1997, working in Cornwall for 10 years and then Australia for seven. Dr Ainsley joined Blackmore Vale Partnership in 2015 to enjoy some Dorset countryside lifestyle and be closer to family.
Dr Ainsley enjoys all areas of General Practice but has special interests in women’s health, sexual health & contraception, mental health, aged care and skin issues. Procedures offered include contraceptive implant fitting and intra-uterine device (coil) fitting . Dr Ainsley is also trained in Dive and Hyperbaric medicine and can offer the Epley manoeuvre for positional vertigo.
As well as scuba diving, in her spare time, Dr Ainsley enjoys country walks, yoga, eating out, and travel.

Training Practice/ Registrars

The practice is a training practice, which means that we take students from a number of teaching hospitals to give them experience of general practice. We also train GPs, these are known as GP registrars and they work with the practice for 6 or 12-month periods.

You may be given an appointment with our registrar who is a fully qualified doctor undergoing supervised training to become a GP.  You may be asked if your consultation can be recorded on a video camera.  The recording is then used in a strictly confidential manner, within the surgery, to help patients get the best from these consultations

We wish to thank all our patients for allowing these students and doctors to see them and to sit in on consultations with them. Without this it would not be possible to train the doctors of the future.

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