I was educated at Clifton College, Bristol, and then trained in medicine at St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, U.K., obtaining BSc in medical science and physiology in 1979 and qualifying MB, BS in 1982. I trained further in general medicine, and specialised in Rheumatology.
I held an ARC research grant and was awarded my doctorate (M.D.) for research into bone cell biology in 1992 under supervision of Professor Tim Chambers in London, and achieved specialist recognition in General (Internal) Medicine and Rheumatology in 1995
I was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist to Great Western Hospital NHS Trust, Swindon in 1995 and awarded fellowship of both the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London and of Ireland in 1998. I am also a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a member of the British Society for Rheumatology and a member of the British Medical Association.
I have held the posts of clinical director for acute medicine and then for non-acute medicine in my time, and am currently Director of Research for the trust and vice chair of the Western Comprehensive Local Research Network board. I am the Royal College of Physician’s regional speciality advisor for the Oxford region.
I practice in all aspects of clinical rheumatology and holds general rheumatology clinics in Swindon, Cirencester and Fairford and also a specialist bone health clinic in
As well as teaching and supervision in the department I have research interests into mechanisms of assessment of bone health and treatment of inflammatory arthritis.