I did my undergraduate training at the University of Glasgow and graduated in 2002. I worked in Glasgow for a year before moving to Nottingham, to undertake junior training. I first encountered the field of Gender Dysphoria at the specialist clinic there, and spent time observing assessment and treatment sessions.
I moved to the North East in 2006, in order to commence higher training in Old Age Psychiatry. When I arrived in Sunderland, the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service had just been established and I developed a special interest in and a passion for the field, alongside training in Old Age Psychiatry. On gaining my CCT I worked in both Old Age Psychiatry and Gender Dysphoria, in two half time posts for 4 years. Ultimately, however, I decided to focus on Gender Dysphoria.
I was appointed to the role of Consultant in Gender Dysphoria in June 2010. I am also the clinical lead for the team. I started working in the service in 2006, initially as a higher trainee and then as a locum consultant.
Although I work part-time, my greater focus on Gender Dysphoria has allowed me to further participate in national quality improvement strategies, as part of my work on the Clinical Reference Group and as Secretary-General of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists.