After obtaining MRCP in Manchester I decided on a career in
As a Senior Registrar in Nottingham I developed interests in
crystal arthritis ankylosing spondylitis and psychological aspects
of managing rheumatic diseases in addition to teaching.
In my consultant post I have developed the clinical osteoporosis
service in North Durham undertaken teaching and supervision of both
medical and nonmedical students (I obtained the Certificate of
Clinical Education in 2006 ) have remained active in clinical
research and have been the Lead Clinician of the Rheumatology team
at University Hospital of North Durham (UHND) (and now the
Trust) since 1998.
More recently I have taken an increasing role in management
within the Division of Medicine with the additional remit of
Clinical Governance and Audit.
I undertake four general Rheumatology clinics and one
electrophysiology clinic per week and supervise nurse led clinics
and two additional electrophysiology clinics.
I report DXA scans at UHND (and provide a clinical service for
complex osteoporosis patients).
I also mentor physiotherapy practitioners who see mainly soft
tissue lesions and non inflammatory joint problems.
In 1995 I was among the first in this region to train as a
mentor at a time when senior women doctors were encouraged to help
support junior colleagues to remain and progress in hospital
medicine. This programme has flourished but now extends to all
I remain on the Trust's list of mentors.
I am also a senior medical appraiser.
I have recently stood down from the Chair of the Regional
Rheumatology Committee which represents the Northern Region at the
BSr clinical Affairs committee.
I am the Administrative Secretary of Durham Forum for Health
which aspires to bring interested parties from a wide spectrum
together to discuss and debate current health and social
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community