Our Team



Dr Richard Russell

GP Partner - BSc, MB ChB, MRCGP

Having studied at St Andrews and Manchester University, I have gained experience in Zimbabwe and Australia. Whilst initially undertaking training as an Intensivist and in Emergency Medicine in North West England, I recognised the amazing experience of General Practice. I have developed clinical interests in Musculoskeletal Medicine, Men’s Health and Autism amongst many others. I’ve held local leadership roles promoting General Practice to find innovative solutions on behalf of patients. I’ve taken additional training in Equity, Equality and Diversity, along with a lot of reading on communication skills. I’m a trained Medical Hypnotherapist. I have an open minded approach to you and anything in medicine, but always your advocate. Always learning and with enthusiasm to help.


Dr John Wood

GP Partner - MB ChB, MRCGP

After studying Medicine at Manchester University, I graduated in 1998 with initial ambitions of working as either an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, or an Orthopaedic Surgeon. I spent several years working in a variety of hospitals across the North-West including 2 ½ years of Surgical training in Blackpool. It is from this experience that I realised my love of patient contact in an out-patient setting and decided to pursue General Practice. I commenced my GP training in Lancaster and qualified in 2005. I then worked as a GP Locum across the South Lakes area before joining The James Cochrane Practice as a Partner in May 2007.


Dr Paul Atkinson

GP Partner - MB ChB, MRCGP

I was born and raised in North Cumbria, and went on to study Medicine at Manchester University, qualifying in 2005. Whilst training, I worked in A&E, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Surgery, Palliative Care and General Medicine. I moved back up to the South Lakes where I completed my GP training in 2012, before joining The James Cochrane Practice as a Partner later that year. My areas of particular medical interest include the care of older people and Dementia.


Dr Ed Clarke

GP Partner - MBChB, DCH

I was born and raised in Liverpool before studying medicine at Leeds University, where I qualified in 1999. Since then I have trained in Yorkshire and Merseyside before becoming a GP in Liverpool in 2003. There, I co-ordinated the management of lung problems. I moved to Cumbria in late 2017 when I joined the James Cochrane Practice as a partner.


Dr Catherine Munro

GP Partner - MBChB (hons), MRCS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FRCGP

I moved up to Kendal in 2022 having worked as a GP for 15+ years in Stockport. I graduated from the University of Manchester in 1996 and embarked upon a surgical career. Having worked in Urology for 5 years, including doing 2 years of bladder cancer research, I decided to move over to a career in General Practice.

During my time in Stockport and Greater Manchester, I worked in a range of clinical management and transformation roles, as a clinical director and as the chair of the commissioning group in Stockport. I have worked in roles around Personalised Care and to support those experiencing homelessness.  I worked for a few years as a GP with special interest in Urology, working mainly in female urology at that time and have maintained an interest in women’s health.

I am trained to fit coils and implants and am a BMS accredited menopause specialist. I have set up menopause cafes in Kendal and work with some equally passionate colleagues to run regular women’s health talks. I love my role as a GP and am keen to work with patients and their families to support them in the challenges of daily life.


Dr Simon Jones

Salaried GP - MBBS (hons), MRCGP, DTMH, DipOccMed

After qualifying from Newcastle University in 2000 I did my GP training in the North East of England. I then worked as a locum GP and gained a diploma in Tropical Medicine. Since then I have worked in South Sudan with MSF, Guatemala, New Zealand, and on expeditions around the world. My wife and I moved to Kendal in 2012 because of our passion for rock climbing and cycling. I worked as a GP at Westmorland General Hospital for eighteen months before joining the James Cochrane Practice. I have a particular interest in Palliative Care, Travel Medicine and Emergency Care.


Dr Joanne Richardson

Salaried GP - MBBS, MRCGP, Diploma in Reproductive and Sexual Health

I previously worked at Appleby Medical Practice as a Salaried GP for 1 year, after doing my GP training in Newcastle. I enjoy climbing, fell running and cycling, and sometimes I cycle the 15 miles to work! My areas of special interest include Muscular Skeletal (joint injections) and Sexual Health.

Dr Emily Bayne

Salaried GP


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Dr Ariane Domingo

Salaried GP


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Dr Paula Cherry

Salaried GP

Originally from Bolton, I trained in Manchester, qualifying in 2003, and completed my GP training in Salford in 2011. I’ve worked all around Manchester, and initially undertook surgical training, including some time working in surgical departments at both Furness General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary. However, as time went on I felt that perhaps a career in General Practice would be better. I have recently relocated with my family to Cumbria from Manchester, having reached a point in my life where I craved a good view; and given that we often spent much of the Summer travelling up to go walking, camping or festivalling, it made good sense.

Dr Steve Cottam


I grew up in Morecambe and studied Medicine at the University of Birmingham. I worked in the West Midlands then in General Medicine in Liverpool and in Haematology in Leeds and Bradford before training in General Practice in North Lincolnshire. 

I worked for nearly 25 years as a GP Partner in a Practice in the Fylde, leaving to work as a Medical Advisor for an international Christian organization in its Philippines field. Because of the COVID pandemic we had to relocate back to the UK and I am now working as a Sessional GP in South Lakes, working some out of hours shifts for CHoC, at Kendal and Barrow and working remotely as a Medical Adviser. I started working at James Cochrane Practice as a locum in 2021 and stayed on as a Salaried GP. 

My main professional interests are in General Internal Medicine, Care of the Elderly and Mental Health Care. I do joint and soft tissue injections. 

Outside work, I enjoy reading, cooking, visiting gardens and historic places, history, birdwatching, and travel. I am an avid supporter of Blackburn Rovers (sometimes enjoyable, more often not). I am an active member of Caton Baptist Church. 

Nurse Practitioners

Janet and Dave are our Nurse Practitioners. 

Janet consults with all our patients and is also our Head of Nursing. 

Dave consults with patients over the age of 16, and also specialises in Minor Surgery. 

Physicians Associate

Amy Mawson is our Physician’s Associate. Physician Associates are medically trained, healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and other members of the practice team to provide a range of patient care. Physician’s Associates are trained and qualified to run their own clinical appointments but always work under the supervision of a GP. Amy works with us Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.


Andrew Michie and Anothai Chareunsy are our Clinical Pharmacists. 

  • Medication Reviews
  • Medication Queries

Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Caite is one of our Advanced Clinical Practitioners, she works with our Long Term Conditions team and conducts reviews with our patients living in Nursing Homes.

Practice Nurses

Rachel, Sophie and Finnuala are our Practice Nurses.

  • Dressings
  • Family Planning, Sexual Health and Women’s Health
  • Vaccinations, including Children’s and Travel Immunisations
  • Suture Removal


Assistant Practitioners

Christine and Rebecca are our Assistant Practitioners. 

  • Wound care
  • INR
  • Injections
  • Learning Disability Reviews 
  • Respiratory Reviews

Healthcare Support Workers

David and Ella are our Healthcare Support Workers.

  • Blood Tests
  • BP Checks
  • INR
  • ECGs
  • B12 Injections
  • Health Checks
  • New Patient Medicals

Specialist Nurses

Anne and Louise are our Specialist Nurses. 

They can see you for a review of your Long Term Condition:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • CHD
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism

First Contact Physiotherapists

Simon and Kerry are our First Contact Physiotherapists and have expertise in the assessment and management of Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.


Mike and Fiona are our Paramedics, they are experienced practitioners and can treat a wide variety of problems. 

Mike is particularly experienced in assessing frail patients and supporting them to stay in their own home. 

Mental Health Practitioner

Ian is our Mental Health Practitioner, he is able to assess and support patients with more established or severe mental health problems. 

Associate Psychological Practitioner

Tessa supports patients with mild mental health difficulties.

She can help with:

  • Mild mental health issues
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep problems
  • Support to manage your physical health 

Social Prescribers

Angela, Di, Jacqui, Trudy and Dawn are here to help you to have more control over your own health and wellbeing. 

They offer general advice and guidance and can refer or signpost you to a wide range of support in the local community such as Volunteering,  Parenting Support, Housing Support, Substance Misuse, Adult Education etc. 

They will help you be motivated to make the changes that you want to make. 

Practice Management

Practice Business Manager

 Debra Jones

Practice Operations Manager

Emma Turner

Logistics Manager

Joanne Haygarth

Patient Services Manager

Victoria Taylor

Office Manager

Antonia Coathup

Dispensary Manager

Jenny Kirk


Care Navigators and Administration Team

Our Care Navigators and Administration Team process the huge variety of administrative tasks, deal with any telephone enquiries and run the appointment system as accurately and effectively as possible. 

Antonia Coathup is our Office Manager.

Dispensary Team

Our Dispensary Team take care of all of your prescriptions, making sure these are correct, signed by a doctor, and ready for you to collect at your Pharmacy of choice as soon as possible. All of our Dispensing Team are trained and qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Dispensing and our Dispensary is stocked to allow us to dispense medications to around 3800 Dispensing Patients.

Jenny Kirk is our Dispensary Manager.

District Nursing Team

The District Nursing Team specialise in providing individualised nursing care and support for housebound patients in their own homes. Their role includes: expertise in wound care, nursing care following hospital discharge, assessing the loan of nursing equipment and co-ordinating the care and support of people who are dying, and their families. The service is available 24 hours per day but is not an emergency service. The District Nursing Team can be contacted on 01539 715200 8.00am-6.30pm. An answer phone will record your message if the nurses are not in the office. Outside of these hours please call 0300 30 34 365.

Kendal Integrated Care Community

Kendal Integrated Care Community (ICC) was created in 2016 to help bring together local health and care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community to work as one team. The focus of the ICC is to ensure that the people of Kendal are supported to improve their own health and wellbeing, and that when people are ill or need support, they receive the best possible joined up care. The ICC helps empower people to take an active role in their health and wellbeing and supports people to manage long-term conditions, such as dementia, at home with the right support. Kendal ICC works across organisations in the defined geographical area of Kendal and the surrounding parishes to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. Nurse Practitioner Alison Nicholson, and Care Navigator Trudy Brayshaw work closely with the three Kendal GP Practices and their patients.

Health Visitors

The Kendal Health Visiting team are based at Kinta House, which is next to our Helme Chase Surgery on Burton Road in Kendal, you can contact them directly on 01539 718155.


The Community Midwives are the first point of contact for patients that are pregnant, and their families. Midwives hold clinics every Thursday and Friday at our Muade Street Surgery. Patients who are pregnant are advised to self-refer to the local Maternity Services (no need to see your GP first). To do this please complete a self-referral form online at www.uhmb.nhs.uk/maternity and a member of the maternity administration team will contact you within 5 working days to arrange your first appointment with the midwife. If you need to speak to a member of the maternity administration team or need help completing your online referral please call 01229 403838 (if you live in or around Kendal or Barrow area) or 01524 584130 (if you live in or around the Lancaster area). The lines are open Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.30.