NATIONALITY:
British

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Manchester University Medical School

POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS:
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Of Edinburgh, July 1982.
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. January 1983.

ACCREDITATION:
Conferred in February 1987

DISTINCTIONS:
Janet Nash Fellowship (1985) - University of Zurich

EXAMINERSHIPS:
Examiner, Final MB - University of Bristol: 1987.
Member, Board of Examiners, The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 1989-01.
Member, Court of Examiners of The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 1991-01.
Member, Court of Examiners of The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 2002-08.
External Examiner for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: March 1992.
Examiner for the United Examining Board: 1995-2001.
Examiner for PLAB, The General Medical Council: 2000-2004.
Examiner, Intercollegiate Examining Board in Otolaryngology: 1999-2004.
External Examiner - South Valley University, Egypt: 1994 to date.
External Examiner - Asiut University, Egypt: 1996-2002.
Assessor, The General Medical Council: 2000 to date.
Team Leader, Performance Assessment, The GMC 2014 to date

GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL:
Full Registration - Registration No: 2380320. On the Specialist Register.

PROFESSIONAL INSURANCE:
Medical Defence Union

CURRENT POSITIONS:
Consultant ENT Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital, from 1988
Medical Director, Iodem Ltd

OTHER POSITIONS APPOINTMENTS:
Deanery Advisor in Surgery to The Northern Deanery: 2005-2010.
Senior Medically Qualified Panel Member, The Appeals Service: 1999 to 2015.
Evaluation Committee of Cochlear Implantation for Department of Health: 1991-3.
Director of the North of England Cochlear Implant Programme: 1991 to 2011
Honorary Secretary, Intercollegiate Examination Board in
Otolaryngology: 2001-04.
Ad hoc Consultant to Elementis Chromium: 1994 to 2010.
Member of Examinations and Assessment Directorate, Royal College of Surgeons of England: 2002-2005.
Chairman, Diploma in Otolaryngology Head   Neck Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 2001-2004.
Member of Council, The Hearing Aid Council: 2003-2006.
Chairman of the MCQ Writing Panels of the Intercollegiate Specialty Boards: 2004-2009.
Chairman, E.N.T.E.R. (North Riding Infirmary Research Foundation) 1989-2003.
Director of Education - ENT-UK: 2007-2011.
Quality Assurance Member of the DoH E-learning Programme (ENT): 2009-2011.
Member of Council and Trustee of The Royal College of Surgeons of England: 2011-2017.
Consultant ENT Surgeon and Head of Department, University Hospitals Limerick Group, Republic of Ireland (12 days per month), 2016-2018


PUBLICATIONS:
48 research papers in various aspects of otolaryngology. .
Books Published:


NATIONAL CONFERENCES ORGANISED

Chairman and Organiser of "A Conference on Accidents and Negligence in Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology." Held in Darlington, October 11th 13th 1989.
Chairman and Organiser of "A Second Conference on Accidents and Negligence in Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology." Held at University of Durham, September 1991.
Chairman and Organiser of "A Conference on Accidents and Negligence in the High Risk Specialities." Held at Durham, March 1993.
Organiser of "A Conference on Accidents and Negligence in the High Risk Specialities."
Held at Durham, September 1994.
Organiser of "An Advanced Course on the Use of Botulinum Toxin." Held at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, March 1995.
Chairman and Organiser of "A Conference on Noise Induced Hearing Loss" Held in Leeds in November 2015
I also ran regular witness skill courses in conjunction with a partner from Hempsons Solicitors and a Barrister.

Editorships and Referee Work

I have refereed papers for the following journals:

  1. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  2. Journal of Laryngology and Otology
  3. British Journal of Audiology
  4. Journal of the Army Medical Corps of Jordanian Armed Forces
  5. Clinical Otolaryngology

Supervisor for Higher Degrees

I have surpervised six students for higher degrees.


Medico-legal Practice

Personal Injury

The bulk of reports that I prepare are for noise induced hearing loss, occupational rhinitis, facial trauma and balance disorders. I am regularly retained by both claimant (70%) and defence (25%) firms. I also undertake work for insurance companies.

Clinical Negligence

Medical negligence cases are rare in otolaryngology. Nevertheless, I have advised on over 800 cases in a 28 year period. The split would be approximately 60% for Claimant and 40% for Defence organisations and firms.

Regulation

I have been a performance assessor for the General Medical Council since 2003. I became a Team Leader in Performance Assessment undertaking performance assessment in my own specialty but also out of speciality. I have written reports on performance assessments and expert opinion. I defended my reports at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and GMC hearings.

Iodem Limited

In 2005, I became a founding member of Iodem Ltd. This company specialises in investigating and if requested managing poorly performing services and individuals within the NHS and in the Republic of Ireland, the HSE. I have personally undertaken with a supporting team investigation of poor performance and / or suspected fraud in five group General Practices and three hospital services.

In addition, the company investigates serious untoward incidents in Mental Health and other NHS services.