BSc (Med Sci) - Developmental Medicine
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOWIntercalated degree. Research project was on the stereologic analysis of the distribution of myosin and elastin in placentas from smoking and non-smoking mothers.
MBChB - Medicine
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOWMedical degree at Glasgow University. Included electives at Great Ormond Street Hospital London, and Kanti Children's Hospital, Kathmandu.
2005 2007Stirling & Glasgow
NHS Education for ScotlandFY1: Surgery and medicine at Stirling Royal Infirmary. FY2: Oncology (Beatson Unit, Glasgow), General Surgery (Western Infirmary/Gartnavel), Paediatric Endocrinology (Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow)
DCH: Diploma of Child Health
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
MRCGP: GP Training
NHS Ayrshire & ArranBased with London Road Medical Practice, Kilmarnock. Rotations included A&E and Medicine (Ayr Hospital), Psychiatry, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics (Crosshouse Hospital).
2010 2011Isle of Arran
GP Rural Fellowship
NHS Education for Scotland / Arran
2011 2013Isle of Arran
Arran Medical Group
2013 2019Isle of Arran
Arran Medical GroupTen-GP practice providing full range of rural medical services - from core general practice to A&E and inpatient care at Arran War Memorial Hospital. In addition, we provided out-of-hours, forensic medical services, prehospital 'BASICS' care and more. I had specific responsibilities in the practice for IT, patient access, emergency care, respiratory medicine, the rural fellowship and undergraduate teaching.
2019 presentEast Lothian
Portfolio GPIn April 2019 I became a Locum GP on Arran. In July 2019 I moved to East Lothian, where I worked as a salaried GP with Tranent Medical Practice, a locum GP throughout the area and on an ad-hoc basis with Lothian Unscheduled Care Service (LUCS). In January 2020 I became a salaried GP at Lauderdale Medical Practice, Dunbar, until becoming a GP Principal there in April 2020.
Apr 2020 presentDunbar, East Lothian
Lauderdale Medical Practice, DunbarOne of four partners in a semi-rural location on the East Coast of Scotland. I also continue to work occasional locum sessions across East Lothian, and on an ad-hoc basis with Lothian Unscheduled Care Service (LUCS).
InnovAiT Journal (RCGP)Occasional reviewer for the RCGP journal for GP trainees.
Honorary Senior Clinical Teacher (Medicine)
University of Dundee
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Medicine)
University of Glasgow
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (Medicine)
University of Edinburgh
RCGP Associates in Training CommitteeRepresenting West of Scotland Trainees. I also organised the Trainees' stream of the RCGP Annual Conference, held in Glasgow in 2009.
Co-Director / Company Secretary
BASICS ScotlandInitially co-opted to BASICS Scotland Board in 2011, and a Director from September 2012 to December 2014.
RCGP Scottish CouncilIncluding a focus on input regarding First5 and rural issues. I have also been media trained to work with TV, radio and print journalists.
Clinical Governance Co-Lead
BASICS ScotlandSince 2012 we have developed a system for clinical governance - including regular VC meetings - for responders across Scotland.
Rural GP Association of ScotlandOversee undergraduate student input to the annual conference, and set up the RGPAS Student & Travel Scholarship programme in 2015.
Rural GP Association of ScotlandRepresenting the needs and views of rural GPs across Scotland. There's lots of fantastic work going on in rural practice, and RGPAS aims to showcase some of this. There have also been challenges, including concerns around the implementation of the new GP contract in rural Scotland. This has required skills such as regularly chairing committee meetings, engagement with members and work with media to represent these concerns. This experience has led to understanding of the medicopolitics that are defining Scottish general practice today.
Rural GP Association of Scotland
2010 2017Isle of Arran
Arran ResilienceCo-ordinator to the Arran Resilience group, which brings together the emergency teams on Arran. In 2013, Arran Resilience was awarded the UK Resilience Team of the Year award by the UK Emergency Planning Society.
2013 2018Isle of Arran
Arran Mountain Rescue Team
2015 2019RNLI Lamlash
Lifeboat Medical Adviser (LMA)
Royal National Lifeboat InstitutionProviding on-shore input, particularly in the provision of RNLI medical examinations for current and prospective crew. Deputy LMA until 2017 when I took over the role of LMA.
2015 2017Isle of Arran
Founder & Past Chair
ConnectArran was set up to catalyse development and innovation on Arran. This project aimed to be a helpful conduit to lilnk the local population & businesses with regulators & connectivity pioneers, in order to facilitate far-reaching connectivity across the island. The project led to the successful deployment of the first consumer-level 'Dynamic Spectrum/WhiteSpace' provision of superfast internet to Machrie and the South End of Arran, two areas that were set to lose out to the BT roll-out of superfast broadband. We also saw effective lobbying to improve 4G and other connectivity around the island, such that the project concluded in 2017.