Meet the LMC’s Pastoral Support Team


Dr Steve Jefferies

Steve has been on the LMC since the 1990s and became a ‘Doctor’s Friend’ shortly afterwards. As one of the Pastoral and Professional Support Services team he is passionate about providing both emotional and practical support to any doctors who are struggling in primary care for whatever reason. 



Dr Sarah Keast 

Sarah is a four session salaried GP at Petroc Group Practice, having spent some time in other surgeries previously as a partner (10 years), salaried GP and locum. She is also an out of hours GP working one session a week and does GP appraisals across Cornwall. She tops off her portfolio with some locum coil fitting clinics across several practices in Mid Cornwall. 

Sarah has a broad contact with GPs in Cornwall and hopes she can work with others to support and optimise our varied working lives. She feels it is particularly important that she represents part-time female salaried GPs, who now make up a significant proportion of Cornwall’s workforce.



Dr Peter Merrin 

Pete is an eight session GP and GP trainer in Perranporth.

He was previously Vice Chair and Chair of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LMC. 



Dr Victoria Olobia

Victoria is a portfolio GP working in both West and Central Cornwall.



Dr Francesco Scaglioni 

Francesco started to run a small practice in South East Cornwall in 1990, becoming a member of the LMC in 2001 and then of the Exec from 2005 to 2018. He joined the Pastoral Care team in 2008 and has headed up the service since 2012. In 2009 Francesco added GPSI work to his practice work. In 2015 he left the practice, continuing as a regular GP locum, GPSI and member of the LMC Pastoral Care Team.



Dr Penny Tempest

Penny grew up in Par and Fowey. After a two year stint as a salaried GP in Stevenage, the pull of Cornwall brought her back in 1999. She was a partner at Polkyth Surgery in St Austell until 2010, when she become a locum.

She has established a great client base of practices across the county and likes to think of herself as a part of their extended teams. Penny’s particular interests within general practice are the development of social prescribing and the more holistic management of mental and emotional health issues. 


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