Doctor and writer
I’m an experienced general practitioner, a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP). I qualified as a GP in 2002 and as well as ‘normal’ GP I have experience of delivering healthcare in the prison setting, out of hours, and in remote locations. I was a medical officer in the British Army until 2004 serving in Germany, Bosnia, and Brunei.
I am currently the Acting Editor of the British Journal of General Practice° and I handed over the editorship of BJGP Open° in January 2020. I was the Editor-in-Chief of the Harm Reduction Journal° before leaving to concentrate on the BJGP. These are respected academic journals with strong identities and I am enthusiastic about the importance of communicating science effectively and compassionately.
I am a senior academic GP and the Director of Primary Care Academic Teaching at Lancaster Medical School. I’m also the Director of Fitness to Practise. I’ve been involved with the Medical School since its inception in 2006 and I have an important role in ensuring students receive a thorough grounding in primary care.
I have extensive experience, as a clinician, in managing people who use substances. Whether it is injecting drugs, alcohol dependence or using the latest novel psychoactive substances I understand how to help deliver care to achieve the best possible outcomes.
I’ve written extensively for academic and professional publications. I continue to write non-fiction and fiction across a whole range of topics and genres. Click through for more about my books The Healthy Writer° and GP Wellbeing: Combatting Burnout in General Practice.° And, check out my blog on this site for my scribblings° on just about any topic.