After completing my training in Cardiff I undertook training in
General Internal Medicine in Northampton and Exeter before
embarking on Rheumatology specialist training in Birmingham from
In 1995 I transferred my research in arthroscopy and synovial
biopsies to Leeds under the supervision of Professor Paul
I completed my clinical training in Rheumatology in Harrogate
York and Leeds.
In 1998 I was appointed as a Consultant and Honorary Senior
Lecturer at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Chapel Allerton
I was appointed to my current post in 2010.
I firmly believe that care for patients with chronic
rheumatological disorders is achieved through access to a
multi-disciplinary team (Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy
Orthotics Podiatry and Clinical Psychology). I also value highly
informing and educating patients about their condition and would
always encourage patients and their carers to become empowered and
confident in effective self-management techniques.
I continue to participate in the research programmes the
Academic Rheumatology Units at both the University of Leeds and the
University of Newcastle involving Arthroscopy and using biopsies
from the joint lining for diagnosis better understanding of disease
mechanisms and to unravel the effects of treatments used in
I also have a special interest in service improvement and have
previously worked with the Department of Health.
'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