I trained as a psychiatrist in Edinburgh and Newcastle before taking up post as an NHS Consultant in Newcastle in 1997. I was Medical Director of the Newcastle Adult Services from 2000-03.
I currently work in the Regional Affective Disorders Service (RADS) having spent 13 years in Community Psychiatry and 5 years with an Assertive Outreach team.
I have published works in the field of remission, recovery and social inclusion. I have served on several national committees for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and have a particular interest in service user involvement and in social inclusion.
I am very active in the field of sports psychiatry. I am chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sport and Exercise Psychiatry Group and am a board member of the International Society for Sports Psychiatry. I have published and presented on topics such as mental illness and psychiatric treatment in athletes, eating disorders in sport and the rehabilitation of doping offenders. I have advised a number of national sports organisations including UK Athletics, UK Sport and the national institutes of sport in Scotland, England and Wales. I edited the 2016 handbook of Sports Psychiatry (OUP), edited and co-authored the UK Sport guidelines on eating disorders and have developed a range of mental health training materials for use in sport. I am an honorary professor in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Sunderland.
I was a member of the council of governors of my employing Trust between 2009 and 2015 and was a trustee of a National Mental Health Charity from 2008-14.