I qualified from Liverpool University in 1982, obtaining my FRCS in 1987. My neurosurgical training was obtained in Birmingham, which was split by a research post into hydrocephalus and CSF proteins, which led to an MD degree in 1995. I obtained my FRCS(SN) and CCST in 1997.
I have been a consultant neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire since September 1998. I provide a general adult neurosurgery service, I have special interests in subarachnoid haemorrhage and vascular neurosurgery and have presented my work into ‘keyhole surgery’ for cerebral aneurysms at national and international meetings. I also have a significant practice in neuro-oncology and hydrocephalus.
I was chair of the Regional Expert Advisory Group in Neuro-oncology from 2012 to 2017. I have been West Midlands Training Programme Director from 2013 to 2018 and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons with a lead role in Quality Assurance from 2015 to February 2020.
I have been undertaking medicolegal reports for over 18 years, acting for the plaintiff in 90% of cases. I have been to court on numerous occasions for criminal and civil cases. I have been undertaking medical negligence work since 2005, mostly for the complainant.