I studied at the University of Sheffield and qualified with a BMedSci degree in Neurophysiology in 1993, and my MBChB degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1996.
I have been a full time GP Principal since 2001 during which time I have worked as a Forensic Medical Examiner (Police Surgeon), a GPwSI in drug misuse, and also worked for our out of hours primary care service. I have also been Honorary Secretary of the Rotherham Division of British Medical Association. However, my main interest over the last few years has been as a GP specialising in obesity and diabetes management.
In 2002, I set up a weight management clinic within my Practice, which for many years remained Rotherham’s only dedicated service for adult obesity. Over recent years it has expanded due to demand, and a reputation for achieving good sustainable results. I was a member of the group that helped to develop the NHS Rotherham Healthy Weight Framework that won the NHS Health and Social Care Award 2009. I developed the Rotherham Institute for Obesity to provide a Rotherham wide multi-disciplinary service based around a specialist centre based in the primary care setting that will also tackle difficult areas such as childhood obesity as well as adult obesity, diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea. RIO is now an established research site with a dedicated team that do commercial and non-commercial studies. In 2016 it became an accredited Centre of Obesity Management with the Association of the Study of Obesity.
I have been invited on to several local, regional and national strategy/advisory boards and regularly speak at meetings to all healthcare professionals in the hope of encouraging weight management and diabetes services. I have also made numerous radio and television appearances in interviews and documentaries relating to current obesity and diabetes matters. I have previously held the position of Clinical Director of the National Obesity Forum, and I developed the NOF one day Diploma in Obesity and organised the 2009 and 2010 NOF annual conferences. I am now also the Medical Director of Lighter Life.