I graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1998. My entire post graduate training and was in Merseyside and Cheshire finishing with a “mini break” to Cape Town, South Africa where I undertook major head and neck and Rhinology surgery. I was appointed as a substantive consultant in 2009 in West Yorkshire and moved to Pennine Acute Trust in 2015
As a consultant I have developed a specialist practice in Rhinology and Facial plastics paying particular interest to the structure and functional aspects such as smell and taste, and also how the nose and sinuses are involved in other medical disorders e.g. Allergy, Asthma, Vasculitis, Snoring etc. I work regularly with other specialties to deliver a multidisciplinary approach to these conditions.
In sinus surgical terms I deal with complex sinus issues including the frontal sinus and not only for sinusitis but also watery eyes, non-cancerous tumours and CSF leak.
With regards to nasal reconstruction and reshaping for functional, trauma and cosmetic reasons I have performed over 300 septo-rhinoplasty cases and receive referrals from colleagues for complex and revision nasal reshaping surgery. I am also happy to assess other surgical conditions such as septal perforations and nasal valve issues. I believe it is vital that all options are considered in the consultation and surgery is reserved for only when you need it.
Having been fully trained in Head Neck Cancer and Thyroid surgery I am also involved in the Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary team mainly in diagnostic and complex benign neck surgery.
I am the lead for Clinical Governance in ENT at Pennine. I have extensive experience in running clinical trials, and continue as site investigator on commercial trials and systematic reviews My main focus now is on “Shared Decision Making to pull in all resources on how we can best inform the patients and others on their options in care.
I teach undergraduate and post graduate students regularly both in ENT and topics diverse as “Resilience” and “Human factors”. I have been proud to receive nominations from patients in the “Trust Patient Care awards 2016” and also from Trainees in The “Trainer of the year awards 2017”.
I am also the Secretary of The North of England Otolaryngology Society which is the largest regional ENT society in the UK.