I have been a Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in Newcastle since 2004 and for the majority of this time I have worked on a part time basis.
I am from the North East of England, schooled in Sunderland, graduated from Newcastle Medical School and spent my postgraduate years training with some inspirational colleagues in the Northern region. I was attracted to work in Newcastle by the local expertise and clinical practice, the fact that Newcastle has collaborative relationships with the University and research, particularly for older people, and also the working relationships with local colleagues.
My passion lies in clinical work. I have had a number of years’ experience working with the Community Mental Health Team for Older People in the West of Newcastle, in addition to more latterly, working with the skilled nursing team at Castleside Day Hospital, based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (formerly Newcastle General Hospital). My main role at present is in the assessment and treatment of older people with complex mental health needs. This ranges from depression to dementia and relies on a multidisciplinary team approach for the overall management of patients.
Another particular interest and regular part of my job plan is the delivery of ECT to patients in Newcastle. This is an ageless service offering a highly effective treatment which is robustly monitored and audited on an annual basis.
I am trainer and supervisor for all grades of junior medical staff and undertake the appropriate annual appraisal, continuous professional development and revalidation requirements in order to provide safe, high quality and effective care to patients.