DR CLUNIE'S RETIREMENT
Posted: 26th February 2024
Dr Clunie’s Retirement
After a touch over 26 years at the practice and over 33 years working in the NHS, I have decided that the time is right to hang up my stethoscope. So, Friday 31st May of this year will be my last working day.
All those years ago, being asked by Simon Dudbridge to be his partner was one of the best (and lucky) things to have happened in my entire working life. Being allowed to serve the various communities that make up our practice has at different times been joyful, very hard, very fulfilling, occasionally frustrating and everything in between. Within all that though it has been a huge privilege.
I’m immensely proud of what the whole team over the years has managed to do for our population. That means everybody: reception staff, nurses, the admin team, the practice manager, community nurses the dispensary team along with the GP’s and all the new allied staff. I’m proud of us being able to continue an approach to family medicine that maintains standards of access, continuity of care and above all managing to put patients first despite continuous Government restrictions. I know from feedback, the yearly National Patient Survey and our own surveys that we have been consistently appreciated and valued and that has been very important to me.
I am very happy to say that Dr Sam Pouncy will be taking over my role in the practice. He has worked with us now for some time, and I couldn’t think of a better doctor to whom I hand over my baton.
I feel as partners we are purely custodians of the Cheriton Bishop and Teign Valley Practice. Before me came Simon (Dudbridge) and Robin (Miller) whom many of you will remember. From my reflections on being a custodian of this amazing practice, I look back with pride. I have certainly done my best.
To Dr Hayter and Dr Pouncy, I happily hand them my baton. They inspire me in their work and compassion, and I know that you, our patients, will be well cared for.
To mark the occasion of my retirement it would be remiss of me not to do something suitably silly to raise funds for Acorn Community Support, a charity that the practice are so grateful to have within our community, who do so much in offering social, practical and emotional support to our patients. So, to keep with the tradition, I am planning to cycle, a week after my retirement, from Exeter to Bari, Puglia in Southeast Italy. It is 2,350 miles – it should take me about 3-4 weeks. If you would like to support my endeavours (and support my retirement) there will be collecting buckets in the usual places across the practice. You can also donate via the Acorn website at www.acorncommunitysupport.co.uk
Thank you to all of you - staff, patients and Acorn volunteers. You have ensured it has been the privilege of my life.
Dr Jason Clunie
The retirement of Dr Clunie from our practice will be felt by many of you who have been in receipt of his compassion and medical expertise.
We will have a comments/thankyou book at each surgery from the 1st April 2024 which will provide you all with the opportunity to write a personal message to him and we will also be holding a ‘retirement do’ on May 31st 2024 at Cheriton Bishop Village Hall, 1 – 3pm. You are all welcome to come and wish Dr Clunie the very best in his retirement and thank him for all he has done for our community.