After 12 years in psychiatry and psychotherapy, I returned to General Practice in 2003 and undertook a returner package at Pinfold Medical Practice. I entered into a partnership 1st September 2003 at Forest Road Surgery. I worked with my partners to achieve a move into new premises 14th February 2009 and we renamed the practice Hugglescote Surgery.
Having fitted a lot into seven years I reviewed my roles in 2010 and came to the conclusion that my partners were right - I was doing too much and something had to give. Primary mental health care being the reason I came back to General Practice, I am afraid the responsibilities of partnership were the ones I chose to relinquish.
I continued to work as a salaried GP and have enjoyed working at a number of excellent practices including Highgate Medical Centre covering for former RCGP Chair Professor Mayur Lakhani. His election as West Leicestershire CCG Chair in early 2013 unfortunately clashed with my Health Scrutiny role. The decision to leave was a difficult one, but the County Monitoring Officer made it clear I had a choice. Calling one's own employer to account is a clear conflict of interests!
I use my advanced consultation skills to establish effective clinical relationships. Copies of my Patient and Colleague Feedback are available here.
I was also a tutor on Leicester Medical School's 'Living with Long Term Conditions' course which introduces first year medical schools to a patient with lived experience of the subject's they are studying in theory.
I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners on the 16th May 2014 for my role in developing primary care mental health services in Leicestershire.