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Dr Laura Sims

Dr Laura Sims

Senior Lecturer (Clinical) (E&S)


 01392 725704

 College House G.03


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Throughout my career as a GP, I have been committed to delivering high quality healthcare through ensuring my knowledge and skills are honed for practice. My motivation to keep learning has naturally led me to develop a special interest in clinical education. I have guided my teaching career so that I continue to be involved with curriculum areas that are related to patient-facing healthcare roles. I enjoy working with others to develop their communication skills, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills as I feel these are vital for working in complex environments.


  • MBBS (St George's Hospital Medical School)
  • MRCGP (Exeter GP VTS Scheme)
  • DipMedEd, DGM, DRCOG, DFFP, DipOccMed



  • 2016 - present: Salaried GP (St Thomas Medical Group, Exeter)
  • 2004 - 2015: GP Partner (Mount Pleasant Health Centre, Exeter)

Previous UG BMBS educational roles

  • Lead for Remediation
  • Senior PBL Tutor
  • PDG Tutor (Years 1, 2, 4)
  • SSU provider (Dermatology in Primary Care)
  • ISCE examiner (Years 2 & 4)
  • Doctors as Teachers SSU Tutor

Other roles

  • GP Trainer
  • GP Appraiser
  • NHS England complaints reviewer


Research interests

  • Postgraduate pharmacy education to support the expanding role of pharmacists
  • Problem-based learning in clinical education

Research projects

Clark, C.E. and Sims, L., 2018. Hypertension care: sharing the burden with pharmacists. Br J Gen Pract 2018; 68 (675): 458-459

Sansom A, Terry R, Fletcher E, et al. 2018. Why do GPs leave direct patient care and what might help to retain them? A qualitative study of GPs in South West England. BMJ Open 2018;8:e019849. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019849

Butterworth, J., Sansom, A., Sims, L., Healey, M., Kingsland, E. & Campbell, J. 2017. Pharmacists' perceptions of their emerging general practice roles in UK primary care: a qualitative interview study. British Journal General Practice.

Sims, L., Campbell, J., 2017. Ills, pills, and skills: developing the clinical skills of pharmacists in general practice. Br J Gen Pract, 67(662), pp.417-418.



External Engagement and Impact



Supervision / Group

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