Our Doctors

GP Roles and ‘who’s who’ at Mount Pleasant


Equity Partners – Dr Clare Clarey, Dr David Hopkins, Dr Paul Hynam, Dr Hannah Roy, Dr Mark Collyer and Dr Sarah Scammell

These are the GP Partners who own the Health Centre


Salaried Partners – Dr Laura Davies, Dr Yan Shafafi, Dr Nina Sandercombe, Dr Claire Clode and Dr Matthew Whaley

These are the GP’s who hold their own patient lists in the same way as the Equity Partners. They attend quarterly meetings with the Practice Manager and the Equity Partners to discuss ways of working and the strategic planning and priorities for the Health Centre


GP Associates – Dr Rachel Partridge, Dr Helen Crighton and Dr Ruth Hanwell

These are the salaried GP’s who work alongside the Partners and have all been at Mount Pleasant for many years.


GPST’s – To become an independent General Practitioner in the UK, a Doctor must undertake at least three years of GP Specialty Training (GPST), normally including 18 months in an approved training practice with a further 18 months in approved hospital posts. We host 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year trainee GP’s working alongside our GP teams in Primary Care as 3,6, 9, 12 and sometimes 18 month placements. The trainee Doctor will always have a supervising GP on the premises to refer to if necessary when seeing a patient and they will also undertake joint surgeries with our GP’s. As a large training Practice we currently have 6 (of our above) GP’s who are currently GP Trainers.


F2’s – A Foundation doctor (F1 or F2 also known as a house officer) is a grade of medical practitioner in the United Kingdom undertaking the Foundation Programme – a two-year, general postgraduate medical training programme which forms the bridge between medical school and specialist/general practice training. We host F2 Doctors, usually two at a time who spend 3 months with us and can very often return at a later stage as a GPST (as above)


Medical students – We are very enthusiastic about helping to teach and train future doctors. We want to give them a wide variety of experience of General Practice during their time with us. Hopefully many will choose to become the GP’s of the future and we hope that their time at Mount Pleasant will influence how they practice medicine in the future and interact with patients. We sometimes have two 5th year medical students for a 5 week period, three times throughout the year. They are supervised by our GP’s and will spend time with all our primary care teams including GPs, nurses and Reception.

More about the GP’s at Mount Pleasant


Dr Paul Hynam (m)


Equity Partner Dr Hynam was born in Bristol and qualified from St George’s Hospital, London in 1997. He completed GP training at the Health Centre back in 2005, spent a short period as a locum in Devon, re-joining as a partner in 2008.  Paul has been interested in medical education and development throughout his career and is a GP trainer and Appraiser. He is very interested in Medical Politics and the fight for the survival of the NHS. He is an acting Director of Exeter Primary Care, a federation of all Exeter’s GP practices that is committed to ensuring high quality care for the City’s patients.

More recently he reduced his clinical commitment at the Health Centre and is employed by Devon Local Medical Committee as a Medical secretary, an advisory role.

He lives in East Devon, and is most likely to be found cycling, running, playing cricket ( weather permitting !) or exercising two very energetic dogs on the Blackdown Hills.


Dr Hannah Roy (f) (Previously Dr Hannah Brotherstone)


Equity Partner Dr Roy qualified from Peninsula Medical School in 2008 and joined Mount Pleasant soon after as a trainee. She completed her GP training in 2013 and became a partner in 2014. Dr Brotherstone can be found in her free time with Maggie the cock-a-poo.


Dr Clare Clarey (f)


Equity Partner Dr Clarey qualified from the University of London in 1985. Dr Clarey is a GP trainer and appraiser. She has a special clinical interest in Women’s Health and Contraception. Dr Clarey enjoys spending time with her family including her two grown up daughters, enjoying music, regular exercise, walking in the Lake District and cycle touring holidays in warmer climates.


Dr David Hopkins (m)


Equity Partner Dr Hopkins qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 1993 and became a full time Partner in January 2000. He is involved in the training of Medical Students and Doctors in the Practice. He also does regular out of hours sessions with Devon Doctors. Dr Hopkins is married with two children.


Dr Sarah Scammell (f)


Equity Partner Dr Scammell qualifed from the University of Nottingham in 2005. She spent time working in Australia and Uganda before joining Mount Pleasant in 2014.


Dr Laura Davies (f) 


Salaried Partner Dr Davies qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2008 and joined Mount Pleasant in 2013. She became a partner in 2015 and is involved with the training of newly qualified doctors who have placements in General Practice. She fits contraceptive implants and enjoys minor surgery, and does regular out of hours sessions for Devon Doctors. Dr Davies moved to Devon in 2010 and enjoys taking part in various outdoor activities including open water swimming, surfing and rock climbing.


Dr Ruth Hanwell (f)

GP Associate Dr Hanwell qualified from the University of Bristol in 1997. She works as a GP Associate, having joined Mount Pleasant on the GP retainer scheme in 2010. She enjoys taking part in sporting events and spending time with her young family.


Dr Helen Crighton (f)

GP Associate Dr Crighton qualified at University of Wales College of Medicine in Cardiff. She has spent time working in the UK, Australia and New Zealand before moving to Exeter to start her GP training in 2000. She joined Mount Pleasant in 2006 as a GP Associate. She has an interest in dermatology and has completed the diploma of practical dermatology. She works as a GP specialist in dermatology both at the practice and in dermatology at RD&E hospital. Dr Crighton has a diploma in elderly care medicine. She enjoys running and biking outside work.


Dr Claire Clode (f)

Salaried Partner Dr Clode qualified in 2002 from Leicester University. She moved to Devon in 2003 and completed GP training in Taunton and Exeter. She was a GP registrar at Mount Pleasant in 2007-8, then has been working as a retained GP since 2012. In June 2017 she became a GP associate. She is also a part time lecturer at the University of Exeter Medical School, currently teaching first year students in a Professional Practice Group. When not working she enjoys cycling, baking and spending time with her family.


Dr Rachael Partridge (f)

GP Associate Dr Partridge qualified at Bristol University and moved to Exeter in 2002 for GP training. She joined Mount Pleasant as a GP Associate in 2008. She has an interest in Women’s Health and also works at the Contraception Service in Exeter. Dr Partridge is also an Instructing Doctor in Family Planning. She enjoys running and cycling in her spare time.


Dr Mark Collyer (m)


Equity Partner Dr Collyer qualified from Bristol University in 2003.  Apart from a stint as an expedition medic in Borneo, he has worked in the South-West since.  He completed his GP training at Mount Pleasant Health Centre in 2009 and returned to take up a partnership in 2017. He enjoys teaching medical students and is a GP trainer.  In his spare time he enjoys swimming, racquet sports and spending time on coastal and Dartmoor walks with his wife, two young children and dog.


Dr Nina Sandercombe (f)


Salaried Partner Dr Nina Sandercombe qualified from Peninsula medical school in 2013. She completed her GP training in summer of 2018 and then joined Mount Pleasant Health Centre on permanent basis. She enjoys keeping fit and walking her dog.


Dr Matthew Whaley (m)


GP Associate Dr Whaley graduated from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2012. Moved to Exeter in 2016 after working in Torbay Hospital for 3 and a half years. Enjoys family life, playing the guitar and watches whatever sports he can.


Dr Yan Shafafi (m)


Salaried Partner Dr Shafafi completed his GP training in 2017 in Exeter and returned to Mount Pleasant as a GP partner in 2018. He enjoys teaching medical students and undertaking minor ops procedures.


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