Dr Vikki Taylor-St Ruth

Dr Vikki Taylor-St Ruth

Lecturer in Advanced Practice

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)



I came to medicine via a non-traditional route, having studied History and languages at A-level and then completing a degree in Modern History and Politics at Cardiff University. After studying British public policy and the history of medicine and psychiatry during my degree, I became increasingly interested in medicine, and took the plunge in undertaking a subsequent Medical degree at King’s College London.

I completed my House Officer years at St Thomas’s hospital London and Tunbridge Wells Hospital Kent, before undertaking my GP training at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals. A Devon girl through and through and hailing from a farming family I knew I would always come back home to Devon and finally did so in 2017. I currently work as a GP partner in Newton Abbot 3 days a week. Part of my GP role involves mentoring a team of 3 ACPs and additionally I work at the University as part of the teaching team for the Advanced Clinical Practitioner MSc pathways. Advanced practitioners have a vital role to play in transforming and helping sustain the NHS and I love working alongside them and helping to teach and support trainee ACPs.

The best things about General Practice are managing the diverse range of patients and conditions that present to us (there is never a dull moment), developing long lasting intergenerational relationships with patients and their families and working with supportive and dedicated colleagues.  

Professionally, I am a generalist at heart but am particularly interested in elderly care and complex co-morbidity, emotional wellbeing of patients and clinicians, teaching and mentorship, quality improvement projects aimed at workflow process efficiency and healthcare organisation and politics.

I maintain my interest in politics and current affairs reading widely and along with Dr Colin Roberts have an encyclopaedic knowledge of film quotes! I enjoy keeping fit and engaging in most sports.


MRCGP - Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (2017)

AKC - Associate of King's College London (2017)

MBBS - Bachelor Medicine, Bachelor surgery - Guys, King's and St Thomas's Hospital's Medical School (2012)

BSc Econ - Bachelor of science and economics - Modern History and Politics - Cardiff University (2006)

Professional membership

MRCGP - Member of Royal College of General Practitioners (2017)

British Medical Association

General Medical Council

Roles on external bodies

GP Principle - Albany Surgery, Newton Abbot