I have enjoyed my career from the beginning until today. Whenever I felt that it could be better I asked myself what I could do to improve it and made changes. I am still in practise and will continue as long as I feel that I am as good or better than my colleagues and as long as I still enjoy my work!
I have had a varied career with a number of changes in direction.
Currently I am a Freelance Anaesthetist and Coach
In September 2012 having reached RAMC retirement age for medical officers I left the army. Since then I have trained as a coach at the Institute for Continuing Education, Cambridge University, receiving an Undergraduate Certificate in Coaching. In addition I continue to provide anaesthesia in the private sector in Mid Essex.
Medical Officer British Army
In 2003 I left the NHS to follow a long held desire to serve in the armed forces. I trained as a military parachutist and joined 16 Air Assault Brigade as consultant anaesthetist with rank of Lt Colonel. I served for almost 10 years in the airborne forces as a member of an elite team providing front line damage control resuscitation and surgery to conventional and special forces.
From 1990 to 2003 I worked as a Consultant anaesthetist in three NHS posts before leaving the NHS to join the Army.
My first post was as an ITU consultant and anaesthetist at the North East Thames Regional Burns Unit, Billericay.
My second consultant post was as lead obstetric anaesthetist at Colchester General Hospital.
My third consultant post was as lead obstetric anaesthetist at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
I completed Higher Specialist Training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with placements at Great Ormond Street , The Homerton, Whipps Cross and Austin ( Melbourne, Aus.) hospitals.
I trained in medicine at University College Hospital Medical School. Following general medicine, surgery and emergency medicine junior posts I elected to train in anaesthesia and intensive care at University College Hospital in 1981.
I took up placements at UCH, The Whittington, Royal National Orthopaedic, and The Brompton Hospitals.