I worked as consultant psychiatrist in Central Manchester from 1984 to 2001 and then consultant psychiatrist in Wolverhampton from 2001 to 2009. In 2009 I redesigned my working life and moved on to develop a portfolio career.
From 2003-2006 I was National Institute for Mental Health England Fellow in Ageing & Mental Health and led nationally on the development of a programme of work in the field of older people’s mental health. I was on the editorial group which developed Everybody’s Business, launched by the Department of Health in 2005, and contributed to a range of national initiatives. From 2002 -2006 I was Chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, an elected position, which involved leading for old age psychiatrists nationally. I chaired the College working group which published Raising the Standard, a report about older people’s mental health services, and until early 2016 I chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics. I have also served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association. In 2015 I was elected to the Board of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
i am committed to lifelong learning and in late 2015 I returned to student life as a student on the Birmingham Diploma in Systemic Supervision course. In addition I regularly review books and papers for a range of journals, am invited to present at regional, national and international meetings, am associate editor for International Psychogeriatrics, and am a partner/ clinical advisor to a number of grant funded research projects. My published output consists of over 90 peer-reviewed papers, and nearly 30 chapters.
In 2010 I completed a PhD by publication entitled Service user and carer participation in Old Age Psychiatry.
Although my family home is in the North West of England, I have worked in the Staffordshire/ West Midlands area since 2001 and a canalboat is my ‘second home’.