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 also 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 the Deputy Editor of the British Journal of General Practice and BJGP Open. 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 the Director of Primary Care Academic Teaching at Lancaster Medical School. 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. You can get further details about my books here.