Having completed my undergraduate training and pre-registration year in Yorkshire, I moved to the Mersey Rotational Training scheme in Psychiatry in 1992. I took up a locum consultant post in New Zealand in 1997 for 18 months before returning to Merseyside to complete my senior training.
I moved from Merseyside to Northumberland in 2000 to take up a traditional sector consultant psychiatrist post in Ashington. Over a 15 year period, my post and the Trust changed considerably. I moved to Early Intervention in Psychosis in 2005 and oversaw the development of the service and my role within it. In April 2016 I have embarked on a new direction as Consultant Psychiatrist in Gender Dysphoria motivated in part by my interest in social justice and health equality.
For the past 4 years I have organized the psychosis module of the local MRCPsych course in addition to teaching on the module. I also teach and examine on the undergraduate course.
I am active within the BMA, I have chaired the Trust Local Negotiating Committee for several years and I sit on the North East Regional Council of the BMA. I sit as a medical member on social security appeal tribunals.
I am happiest when exploring Northumberland with family, friends or dog, by foot, bike or car.