General Practitioners – Partners
Dr Jim Ropner MB BS MRCGP BSc Dip Pal Med
Dr Ropner qualified from University College London in 2001 with degrees in Medicine and Psychology. Since then he has worked in hospitals ranging from Cheltenham and Gloucester, to Palmerston North in New Zealand. He gained a Distinction in his membership exam to the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2007, and joined Berkeley Place Surgery as a full time Partner in 2008. He has a special interest in Palliative Care, and has completed the Palliative Medicine Diploma from Cardiff University. He is the practice lead for Cardiology and Mental Health. He has a wife, 2 young girls, and a dog that keep him busy when not at work! In his spare time he enjoys photography, gardening and field sports. Dr Ropner’s surgeries are on Monday all day, Wednesday all day, Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.
Dr Olesya Atkinson MB BChir (Cantab) MRCP DFFP DRCOG MRCGP(distinct) MMedSci Med Ed (distinct)
Dr Olesya Atkinson qualified as a doctor from University of Cambridge in 2002. She worked as a hospital doctor in Nottingham until she changed her career direction into General Practice. Dr Olesya Atkinson qualified as a GP in 2008 with a Distinction in her Membership exam to the Royal College of General Practitioners. She then worked as a GP in Nottingham until relocating to Gloucestershire. Dr Olesya Atkinson joined Berkeley Place surgery in May 2014. She enjoys all aspects of General Practice with a special interest in women’s health and teaching. She is married with a young daughter and a dog. Dr Olesya Atkinson enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her friends and family. Dr Atkinson’s surgeries are on Monday morning, Tuesday all day and Thursday afternoon.
Dr Brian Smith MB ChB MRCP DRCOG
Dr. Smith qualified from Birmingham University in 1987. He then spent some time working in hospital medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham while studying for the Membership exam of the Royal College of Physicians. After this he worked for a year in a small hospital on the outskirts of Sydney in Australia. After returning to the UK he decided to pursue a career in General Practice, finishing his training in Gloucestershire where he has lived since 1994. His medical interests are in the breadth of general practice though he has considerable experience in chronic disease management and in minor surgery. He is married and his hobbies include various sports, photography and cooking. Dr Smith’s surgeries are on Monday all day, Wednesday all day, Thursday morning and Friday afternoon.
Dr Georgia Woodburn BM BS, B Med Sci, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP
Dr Woodburn qualified from Nottingham University in 2000 with degrees in Medical Sciences and Medicine & Surgery. Since then she has worked in hospitals ranging from Nottingham, Gloucester and Bath, to Hastings in New Zealand. She gained a merit in her membership exam to the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005, and joined Berkeley Place Surgery as a Salaried GP in February 2014. She has a special interest in Women’s Health and is fully trained in Nexplanon and IUCD insertion. Outside General Practice, her main interest is travel, exploring and living in such countries as Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia. She is married with three young children and in her ‘spare time’ she enjoys playing classical guitar, cooking and playing squash and hockey. Dr Woodburn’s surgeries are on Tuesday morning, Thursday all day and Friday morning.
Dr Simon Truckle MBBS DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Truckle qualified at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel which is now amalgamated with Barts Hospital and after time spent working in A and E did his General Practice training in Brighton. He was then a partner in Bedfordshire for 8 years until deciding to move across to Gloucestershire to enjoy the outdoor life that the Cotswolds has to offer. He joined the practice in 2018. He enjoys traveling, outdoor pursuits and spending time with the family. He has an interest in all fields of general practice but a particular interest in dermatology and mental health. He is at the practice each week day except for Wednesdays.
General Practitioners – Associate GPs
Dr Laura Collier-Dyson MRCGP DRCOG BNBS BMedSci
Dr Collier-Dyson qualified as a doctor from the University of Nottingham in 2007. Since then she has spent her junior doctor years in Cheltenham and Gloucester before completing her GP training in London. In 2014 she relocated back to the Cotswolds and joined Berkeley Place Surgery in 2016 as a salaried GP. She is married with a young son. In her spare time she loves being outdoors and going for long walks with her family. Dr Collier-Dyson’s surgeries are on Monday all day, Wednesday all day and Friday morning.
David qualified as a pharmacist from Queens University Belfast in 1996. He moved to Cheltenham in 1997 and spent ten years as a community pharmacist at Superdrug High Street. After that he worked for ten years in Prestbury, as both community pharmacist and GP practice pharmacist at Seven Posts surgery.
In 2017 he left community pharmacy, gained his Independent Prescribing qualification from the University of the West Of England, and now works as clinical pharmacist in four GP practices in central Cheltenham. His main role is taking responsibility for clinical tasks that limit GPs patient-facing time, particularly those involving medication and the prescribing process.
David lives locally, enjoys growing & cooking food, live music & festivals, and playing pool.
Originally from Birmingham, Andrew graduated from the University of Bradford with a Masters degree in Pharmacy before settling in Gloucestershire in 2012.
Since then he has worked in a number of Community Pharmacies in the county, and latterly served as Vice-Chair of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee. In 2019 he welcomed the opportunity to join the team at Berkeley Place Surgery as a Clinical Pharmacist on Tuesdays and Fridays. As a pharmacist, Andrew is an expert in medicines, how they work and helping you to get the maximum benefit from them.
When he’s not talking about medicines, Andrew is a sports enthusiast, following (among others) football, cricket and ice hockey. He likes to keep active, competing in triathlons each summer.
Andrew lives in Cheltenham with his wife, who is also a pharmacist, and his cat, who isn’t
Nurse Practitioner Lead
Sarah joined the practice in 2018, having spent 8 years working in General Practice, 4 of them at managerial level as lead nurse in Berkshire and Wiltshire.
Sarah qualified in 2003 from UWE and has since gained qualifications in Nurse Prescribing, Diabetes BSC (hons), family planning/contraception and sexual health, microbiology and immunology, infection prevention and control and facilitating and learning in practice.
Sarah is also trained in chronic disease management in hypertension, CVD, diabetes, contraception and sexual health, infection prevention and control, risk assessments, audits, research studies, travel consultations, wound management, vaccinations, immunisations, cytology and phlebotomy!
She is married with 4 grown up children and her main hobby outside work is spending as much time as possible with her dog!
Sharon has over 20 years experience working in General Practice at both practical and managerial level. Qualifications include – RGN, BSc Hons in Community Nursing (Specialist Nurse Practitioner in General Practice Nursing) Nurse Prescriber and Community Nurse Teacher. She holds qualifications in Respiratory, Diabetes and Cardiovascular conditions at degree and diploma level. She is qualified in all aspects of General Practice Nursing.
A Registered General Nurse with clinical experience since 1998. Yuliya completed an Overseas Nurses Programme in 2007 and has been working in general medicine, emergency and dermatology ever since.
Qualifications include – RGN, Independent Nurse Prescriber, BSc in Biology, Dermatology Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Anatomy, Teaching in Healthcare at degree level, MCs in Computing with Graphics design. Special interests: women health, dermatology, travel health.
Outside of her surgery work, Yuliya provides training for other medical practitioners with one of the pharmaceutical companies in the UK and enjoys her photography.
Emily qualified in 2011 from University of Southampton and worked in Surgical High Dependency before spending some time travelling and volunteering in India. On her return she worked in Buckinghamshire as Community Nurse before joining Berkeley Place in 2018. She enjoys the full range of treatment room responsibilities and spirometry.
Emily is married with 2 small girls and enjoys music and baking when she has the time!
Health Care Assistant
Wendy joined the Surgery in January 2015. She has 13 years experience in working as a Health Care Assistant (HCA) and completed her NVQ Level 3 in 2003. She is trained in taking ECGs, wound care and suture removal, blood pressure monitoring, carrying out health checks, Phlebotomy (taking blood samples) and is a qualified Stop Smoking Advisor. She is also taking on extra training and will be qualified to administer B12 injections and Flu vaccines by October 2015. Wendy is married with two grown up children, she enjoys dog walking, swimming and gardening. She particularly enjoys family time and socialising with friends.
Charlotte joined the practice in 2019 and supports the partners in the ‘business’ of primary care and for administrative, financial, patient services, personnel and training issues within the practice. She spent most of her career in business management in the pharmaceutical industry, after which she retrained as a teacher and worked part time teaching in the prison service while her daughter completed primary school. She returned to management in a General Practice setting in 2015 in Wiltshire, and lives outside Cirencester with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Charlotte has a keen interest in developing our service provision and would positively welcome your views and suggestions.
Deputy Practice Manager
Keeley joined the Practice in Nov 2014 as a Medical Summariser, as well as taking on the role of Care Coordinator for the Practice. She previously worked for several years as an Occupational Therapy Technician on a variety of Medical, Orthopaedic and Surgical wards before moving to The Palliative Care Team. She has also worked in Australia, and in the Primary Care Sector in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Keeley was promoted to the role of Deputy Practice Manager in June 2017. She is married and has 2 girls and a dog. In her spare time she plays tennis, cycles and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Reception Team Lead
Administration Team Lead
Laura started at Berkeley Place Surgery as an apprentice Receptionist in May 2013. She was promoted to Lead Receptionist in December 2016 and to Administration Lead in 2019. Laura is in charge of chronic disease recall monitoring and high risk drug monitoring as well as some secretarial and other clinical administration tasks.
In her spare time Laura enjoys attending concerts and festivals and spending time with friends and family.
Jules studied Midwifery at The University of West of England (UWE) in Bristol in 1999. She has been working as a Midwife at Cheltenham General since 2003, rotating onto community midwifery for Berkeley Place in 2014. She runs a clinic on Wednesday mornings at the Cheltenham Birth Unit, in addition to working 2 other variable shifts a week. She is passionate about offering women centred care and appointments with Jules can be booked through the Cheltenham Birth Unit on 03004 22 23 24.
She lives locally, is married and has 3 small children who keep her very busy so spare time is something Jules can only dream of!