Bury Grammar School followed by Manchester University for medical school.
MB ChB, MRCPsych, MSc, CBT Cert (Distinction), CT Dip., Life coach Diploma (level 2), PG Cert. Med Ed., MBA
Training in North West England mainly, followed by consultant in Cygnet hospital, and currently working for NHS.
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust
I have been fortunate in that I have varied and interesting working roles. In my day-today role I am a consultant psychiatrist with experience in both the NHS and private sectors. I am due to start a new post as a clinical director in a brain injury and autism unit.
I have had specialist training in learning disabilities and have spent several years working with people who are deaf (I have been trained in Births Sign Language).
I am currently the recruitment lead for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (North west). I have been the psychiatrist for the Manchester Evening News and have spent a few years working with the media to promote positive mental health stories. I have been the head of research previously and am on the editorial boards of a Royal College journal and also the British Journal of Forensic Practice.My main passion is helping those new to medical research obtain publications and have published a book in that area. I am also a Senior Honorary Lecturer for Manchester University, and I interview students that apply to medical school, as well being an examiner and tutor.
Spending the Prize Money:I would use it to hold an event promoting the richness, flexibility and intellectually stimulating aspects of a career in psychiatry. I believe in a grounds up approach and would ask students themselves for ideas on how and what they would like to see in this event and plan it accordingly.
Quick Fire Questions
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
<div dir="ltr"> <div dir="ltr"> <div> <div>Caring, driven and patient</div> </div> </div> </div>
What's your favourite food?Thai green curry
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Jumped off a cliff in the Swiss Alps and parachuted down
What did you want to be after you left school?
Initially an astronaut (my cousin lives in Houston, Texas and has friends’ fathers and mothers who are astronauts) but my parents told me my head was in the clouds (no pun intended)
Were you ever in trouble at school?I once got Saturday detention for playing cards with money (I bet 2 pence on a game!)
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Apart from helping patients, I loved completing a medical education degree and won first prize in an international conference with my colleges on a education research project. The prize was handed over by Dame Esther Rantzen who I had grown up watching on TV.
What or who inspired you to do your job?
I met Mother Theresa at her home in Calcutta when I was at school, and she asked me to be in a profession where I could help others, so I’ve always wanted to be a doctor after that.
If you weren't in healthcare, what job would you do?
I love the idea of owning a restaurant or bar. I’ve completed a MBA so would like to put my business knowledge to good use.