I'm a medical doctor with experience of working in the NHS and University sectors as a specialist in Public Health Medicine. I now work as a freelance medical writer, consultant and copy editor.
I undertake freelance commissions in two main areas:
Children's publishing - health and human body books. I provide medical oversight including advising on structure and layout, checking text and pictures for medical accuracy and creating text. See my pages on writing and consulting.
Health information creation and medical editing. I write clear, accessible and medically accurate text in everyday language or for a more technical readership. I undertake technical copy editing in all specialty areas of medicine. See my page on health information).
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine
University of Birmingham
2010 - Aug 2013
I was the Medical Advisor to the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre and the developmental editor of all the Centre's intelligence briefings on new and emerging medical devices and diagnostic tests. I had a key role in developing the Centre's new website and producing copy for webpages, as well as introducing the use of Twitter as a means of dissemination of our reports. I also taught Public Health and epidemiology to medical undergraduates and postgraduates, including creating teaching materials and writing exam questions.
Specialist Registrar in Public Health Medicine
2004 - 2010
In this role I worked within various NHS organisations in the areas of commissioning, immunisation, screening, communicable disease control and healthcare strategy. I spent a year within the Department of Health working in liaison with other organisations such as local authorities, the police force and charity groups. Much of my work involved finding and assimilating scientific evidence and preparing detailed reports with recommendations both for technical and non-expert readers.
Freelance medical writer and consultant
Registrar in Microbiology
Senior House Officer in Pathology
House Officer in Surgery and Medicine
Higher Education Academy
Faculty of Public Health, of the Royal College of Physicians, UK
Membership by examination: 2007
Awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Public Health Medicine by the General Medical Council in 2010. Currently voluntarily suspended from the Medical Register as no longer working in direct healthcare.
University of Birmingham
Master of Public Health
2005 - 2006
University of Bristol
MBChB (Degree in Medicine)
1980 - 1985