Dr Harriet Dickson

BM BCh (1988 Oxford) female - GMC No.3301168

Harriet qualified as a doctor in Oxford 1988 and a GP in 1996, joining St Leonard's as a partner in June 2001.

She enjoys the challenges and rewards of General Practice with particular interests in mental health and general medicine. She is involved with the teaching of medical students and training of doctors to become GPs. Her own decision to train as a GP was made after a spell working in an academic research laboratory in Oxford.

Harriet lives in Lyme Regis with her daughter and son and generally travels in to Exeter by train and bike.

Dr David Bossano

BM BS (1994 London) male - GMC No. 4106814

David trained in London and the North West. He became a GP and between 2001 and 2006 David was a GP Principal at The Robert Darbishire Practice, Manchester.

He works half-time at St Leonard's Practice whilst also teaching medical students at University of Exeter Medical School.

His main interests are general family medicine, chronic disease management, and team working and population health. In his previous post David was lead GP for heart disease and diabetes and also involved in management and quality improvement.

Dr Simon Ogilvie

BMBS BSc MRCGP - GMC No. 7083359

Dr Simon Ogilvie qualified from Peninsular medical school in 2010 and worked at the RD&E where he completed his GP training in 2015. Before joining St Leonard's practice, he worked as a sessional GP covering practices in Exeter, East Devon and Torbay. He enjoys working as an acute GP when not in practice and regularly has shifts for Devon Doctors and Tiverton Urgent Care Centre.

Dr Ogilvie is married with three young boys. He and his family enjoy making the most of Devon's countryside and outdoor activities.

Dr David Higgie

MBChB(hons) MRCGP MRCP DRCOG GMC No. 7130160

Dr David Higgie graduated from the University of Birmingham medical school in 2011 and completed his post graduate training in Bristol. He also spent a year working as an A and E doctor in Australia and a year working as a GP in New Zealand. He has moved down to Exeter with his wife last year. He has interests in chronic disease management and care of the elderly.

In his spare time he enjoys surfing, running and tennis.

Dr Fiona Stuart

MBchB DCH DFFP GMC No. 4278959

Fiona qualified from the university of Birmingham in 1996 and apart from a year in New-Zealand has lived and worked in Devon for the last 20 years. Firstly in west Devon, working at Derriford hospital where she qualified as a GP in 2002. For the last 10 years she has been working as a GP in Exeter and also works for the local CCG as a clinical commissioner of children's services and helps training students at the medical school. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine and has a particular interest in children's health.


ST1, 2, 3 or 4s are qualified doctors taking speciality training (ST) in general practice.

GP earnings statement - March 2020

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in St Leonard's Practice in the last financial year was £40,2897 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 10 part time GPs and 1 locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Professor Alex Harding

MB BS (1991 London) male - GMC No. 3590630

Qualified from University College London in 1991. After completing his training for General Practice at this surgery, he then worked for 3 years as a locum doctor at the surgery, before traveling and working abroad.

Alex has special interests in education and works at the University of Exeter Medical School. He is married with three young children. Dr Harding is Sub Dean at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Dr Frances Palmer


Dr Frances Palmer qualified from St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Medical School in 2001, worked as a junior hospital doctor in London, Brighton and Australia before completing her GP training in London. She worked as a GP in the East End before moving to Devon where she has worked as a salaried GP in Budleigh and Exmouth.

She has an interest in skin problems and works once a month in the dermatology department at Heavitree Hospital. She is trained to carry out minor surgery and fit contraceptive implants.

Dr Anna Bullock


Dr Anna Bullock qualified from Sheffield Medical School in 2001 and worked in hospitals in Yorkshire and London. She spent a year as a public health doctor in London before a 2 year spell working in Hospital in New Zealand's South Island. She returned to the UK and lived in Bath where she trained as a GP, qualifying in 2009. She then moved to Sussex and worked in various practices before accepting a partnership for some years. She moved to Devon in 2017 and is enjoying the challenges of general practice in Exeter. She enjoys teaching and training medical students and other doctors.

Dr Bullock is married with two exuberant young boys and used to have hobbies.

Dr Alastair Buick

MBChB BSc(Hons) PgCert(Clinical Education) MRCP MRCGP GMC No. 7041945

Dr Alastair Buick qualified from Bristol Medical School in 2009. Before qualifying as a GP, he spent time working and training in hospital medicine and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. He has an interest in cardiology and respiratory medicine as well as medical technology. He maintains an interest in medical education; has worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Exeter and completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education.

In his spare time he enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his wife and two young children. He also enjoys sailing, running and wild swimming.

Prof Jose M Valderas

MD PhD MPH (1997 University of Barcelona) male - GMC No. 6159785

I am an Academic General Practitioner, with a commitment to research that is relevant for decision making in clinical practice and health policy. I currently hold appointments as Professor of Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Exeter Medical School, Senior Clinical Researcher at the Health Services and Policy Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford and Senior Researcher at the Policy Research Unit in Quality and Outcomes of Person-Centred Care, funded by Department of Health.

After combining my PhD (IMIM-Hospital del Mar and Pompeu Fabra University) and my training as a General Practitioner in Barcelona, Spain, I started my post-doctoral research at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health under the supervision of the late Prof. Barbara Starfield. I then joined the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester led by Prof. Martin Roland, and in 2010 I arrived at the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford to set up and lead the Health Services and Policy Research Group. Since September 2013, I hold the Chair in Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Exeter Medical School. My current research interests focus on the use of patient reports on their own health for decision making in clinical practice and health policy, and the improvement of processes of care (quality and safety), with a particular interest in patients with multiple conditions.

Since completing my training as a General Practitioner I have maintained active clinical practice in different countries and in a variety of environments, including developing countries for very brief periods. I am also devoted to postgraduate teaching, particularly in areas where research meets clinical practice (Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence Based Practice).

Locum Doctors

From time to time the practice employs locum doctors to cover for periods of partner absence. These doctors all have the MRCGP qualification and we try to use the same Locums. We encourage you to see these doctors if possible and not to wait for the return of your own doctor.

St Leonard's Practice

The Surgery
Athelstan Road
Exeter EX1 1SB

Surgery opening hours
Monday to Friday 08:15 - 18:00
Closed Wed 13:00 - 14:00

Appointment Line: 01392 201 791
General Enquiries: 01392 201 790

Surgery telephone hours
Monday to Friday 08:30 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 18:00

The St Leonard's Practice provides GP and family doctor services to patients in Exeter, Wonford, Heavitree, St Leonard's, Whipton, Stoke Hill and Pennsylvania.