Following graduation from medical school in Dublin, with honours, I completed three years post MRCP training in medicine with special interest in Diabetes and Endocrinology.
I then swapped to Psychiatry completing specialty training in 1998. Since then I have worked in the Specialist Eating Disorders Service which I have developed with the help of my colleagues, both clinical and managerial, to be a unit of national standing.
I was elected to the Executive Group of the Eating Disorders Section (now Faculty) of the Royal College of Psychiatrist (2007-2011).
I have contributed to the national guidelines for medical management of patients with severe anorexia nervosa, MARSIPAN (2011, 2014) and the unit’s protocols have been adopted as the definitive guideline (see the Newcastle Guideline, Appendix 2). I have also contributed a chapter on the psychiatric management of the so-called MARSIPAN patient in a book dedicated to the subject (Springer Books, 2015).
My current special interest is developing guidelines for fitness to drive in patients with eating disorders and the management of patients with Type 1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders.
I have delivered numerous training events and have been invited to speak locally and nationally on the topic of medical management of eating disorders.
I am an Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor to Foundation doctors, to Core and Specialty trainees and to fourth year medical students for the Student Selected Component. (Newcastle University)