Although a Southerner by birth my family are originally from Cheshire so when I qualified in Liverpool in 1986 I felt I was returning to my roots. I trained as a GP in 1991 and worked for nearly 20 years in the North of Liverpool and developed a keen interest in quality and teaching. This led me to being involved in implementing many projects through working with what was then the Primary Care Trust.
In 2008 I started working in St Helens to help provide a primary care service for vulnerable housebound people. I then joined Hall Street Medical Centre in the town centre of St Helens in 2012. As a small practice of 2 GPs we have worked hard to improve the care we offer to our patients. I feel strongly that, as a GP, an important role is advocate for the people I care for.
To be most effective in this role I recognise my time needs to be spent outside of the practice and working with other like-minded individuals across St Helens. Until recently I was the chair of the GP Federation in which we attempted to bring practices closer together to work cooperatively. In an increasingly difficult financial environment it is through providing services together that we can improve the health of our population. Thus retaining and improving primary care services that are still envied across the world.
It therefore seemed the next logical step for me to become involved in the work of the CCG and it is a role I am relishing and intend to make a difference.
Outside of work I am married, blessed with 4 adult children and a grandchild. My main passions are music (I play the saxophone) and running, having successfully run the Chester Marathon in 2018 which was an important milestone for my wife, daughter and I. Now my usual distances are much shorter. I love rugby and will always enjoy the debate of whether League or Union are the true code.