About The Author:
I have had an unusual route into medicine. After leaving secondary school with very few qualifications during the tough recession of the 1990s I became a filing clerk in the court service. After a number of years I realised I needed to pursue my passion for science so I took myself to night-school to study A-level chemistry, and this gave me the qualifications to study at Leeds University. I worked for British Nuclear Fuels in Cumbria for a year during this degree. I eventually left Leeds with a master’s degree in chemistry.
After my science degree I took a little time off from studying and ended up gaining knowledge of the fitness industry by working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. This allowed me spare time to study for the entrance exams for medical school, and I eventually gained entry into Bart’s and The London Medical School, London.
During my medical school days I spent some time with the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, as part of my medical elective. After qualifying as a medical doctor, I then worked in hospital-based medicine for 4 years, mainly working in emergency medicine and care of the elderly. My hospital experience reinforced for me the maxim of ‘prevention is better than cure’. Most of the cases I dealt with, especially in emergency medicine, were wholly preventable. The most surprising aspect of most of these cases was that the patients had no idea of the basic life changes they needed to make in order to improve their lives for the long term.
I quickly realised that, in order to make any difference, I would have to specialise in public health. Part of my training as a specialist public health doctor was to study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an institution which specialises in public health. I presently work within the public health training programme in the south-west of England.
I also perform some voluntary duties at the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, England, working in the sexual health department in the evening, helping to provide services directly to the public. I also teach and tutor medical students about public health at the University of Bristol.
The information in the book I have published has been collected over many years throughout my journey to becoming a public health specialist.