I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Writer in the second year of a research council funded PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of East Anglia.
I read Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, trained in psychiatry at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals and undertook further specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
While working as a Junior Doctor, I had a parallel career in medical journalism, working both freelance for national newspapers and as an editor at the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
My clinical interests are in paediatric neuropsychiatry and in medicolegal work, especially in asylum cases involving minors.
In 2013, I was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a Medical Member of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). I have two MSc degrees, in Mental Health Studies and in Medical Humanities (with distinction), both from King’s College, London.
My academic interests are in illness narratives, clinical narrative medicine, and the humanities in medical education and in practitioner mental health.
I appeared in the ITV series The Chasers Road Trip on 28th January 2021. You can watch the episode here.