I have undertaken medico-legal work for the last 8 years and have provided 90 reports on condition, life expectancy, prognosis, breach of duty and causation. In May 2017 I attained an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics (with merit) from De Montfort University, Leicester, this work having been supported by my employing NHS Trust.
I was appointed as one of my trust’s medical examiners in June 2019. I have additional expertise in the consenting process and the impact that the Montgomery ruling has had on this process.
I qualified in medicine (MBBS) in 1978, was awarded an MD in 1990 and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1997. I have worked in cardiology since 1983, practicing as a consultant cardiologist since 1992.
I have extensive experience in clinical as well as interventional cardiology. I have 25 years’ experience as a consultant cardiologist working in a tertiary cardiothoracic centre and have been clinical director of our cardiothoracic centre for the last five years.
I have served on the council of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) and on two of its working groups examining the provision of cardiac services across the UK following devolution (published 2006), and UK guidelines for the structure and function of the multidisciplinary team process in management decision making in patients with coronary artery disease (published 2015).
Having been its past secretary, and served on the council of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS), I co-wrote its latest UK guidelines for good practice in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), published in 2015.
I have additional experience in the peer review of cardiology departments and in the assessment of individual cardiological and cardiac surgical practitioners, as well as in the processes of care itself particularly when systems appear to have failed.
This work has been on behalf of BCS, BCIS, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, the National Clinical Assessment Service, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Health Ombudsman Services for both Scotland and Wales.
Areas of expertise include:
Invasive and Interventional cardiology (angiography, angioplasty, stenting).
Consenting for cardiological procedures.