Before going to university in 1990, I spent 8 amazing months in a rural hospital in Uganda... kindling an interest in Tropical Medicine & Infectious diseases. I then did 3 years undergraduate at Lincoln College, Oxford, followed by a year in the Brazilian Amazon, living with Indigenous tribes & catching snakes! The result of this was an unimportant epidemiological paper on venomous incidents... and a love of Brasil !
I returned to do my clinical studies at Oxford and started writing the Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine with another student. It went on to be very successful and I was later co-author of the 2nd edition, though am now no longer involved.
In between several more trips to Brasil, I did a medical rotation in York & gained my Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP). I subsequently worked as a locum medical registrar & in A&E. In 2002 I ended up as a GP registrar in Moreton in Marsh and fell in love with the Cotswolds. I then gained my Membership of the Royal College of GPs.
A year-long round the world trip in 2004-5 had me working as a GP in rural New Zealand for a few months and I returned to work as a GP Locum in Cheltenham. With the changes and pressures of the NHS, I realised that a traditional Partnership was not for me and I started doing Private work, founding Spa Private Medical in 2008. I still work in the NHS 2 days a week... but in a maximum security prison (!) and have an annual NHS appraisal.
I have two amazing sons who keep me on the brink of exhaustion and when I get the chance I still ride an (Italian) bike, still run a bit and keep bees and chickens. I also have an infamous treehouse...