I’m a GP. I trained in the UK and worked for the UK’s National Health Service for many years before moving to Canada in 2020. I’ve tried to focus on people who are vulnerable or marginalised. Currently I’m working mainly as a GP and emergency medicine doctor with the Indigenous Heiltsuk people in Bella Bella, on a remote island in British Columbia, three hundred miles northwest of Vancouver.
Some of my interests and recent training include rural emergency medicine, addiction medicine, contraception and sexual health, troubled teenagers, and medical assistance in dying.
Alongside my medical career I worked for more than ten years as a barrister (lawyer) at Matrix Chambers in London, where I specialised in health-related human rights, public and administrative law. Acting mainly for people who were marginalised or vulnerable and for organisations representing them, I worked particularly in immigration and asylum law, police and prison law, equality law, information law, inquests, and professional regulation, appearing in courts up to and including the UK Supreme Court. I was instructed in a series of landmark cases seeking to liberalise the law restricting medical assistance in dying.
Teaching and training
I love teaching. I’ve taught and trained countless medical students and junior doctors (residents) on the job. I’ve taught medical students at three universities in the UK (Oxford, Newcastle and Lancaster) and now do a little teaching at the University of British Columbia’s medical school, where I’m on the faculty.
I’ve given seminars and lectures, often on medical ethics and medical law, in the UK and internationally. For Primary Care International, I’ve worked with organisations such as the World Health Organization and the UN Refugee Council to develop primary care services and train doctors and other healthcare workers in Africa, India and the Middle East.
For the England’s National Health Service I carried out the independent appraisals that are required annually of fully-qualified GPs.
Organisations and leadership
I’ve provided consultancy ranging from improving student welfare services at a British university to developing nurse-led primary care services in Indian slums. I’ve sat on the boards of several national charities, been an elected councillor and chaired the majority political group of an English city council (local government), worked with various health and legal organisations, and run my own businesses.
People ask me about my veganism a lot. There are some answers here.
I love food. I like having my regular recipes in one place, and people sometimes ask me for them, so they’re here too.