Qualified from Aberdeen Medical School1981, appointed as Consultant Anaesthetist in York (1989). Helped establish the first Acute Pain Service in the UK. In 1991 he became responsible for the development of Day Surgery and has spent several years as Clinical Director for Anaesthesia, ICU and Theatres gaining extensive experience in the efficient running of both day and inpatient surgery.
Elected to the Council of the British Association of Day Surgery and served as Treasurer, Editor of the Journal and President. On joining the General Assembly of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery he redeveloped the website (www.iaas-med.com) and helped establish the journal Ambulatory Surgery as a free access online resource (www.ambulatorysurgery.org). He was President of the IAAS from 2013-2015.
He became the Trust Clinical Safety Officer working as part of the IT Team – a role that increased in 2012 when he was appointed Chief Clinical Information Officer.
He helped with the design and introduction of a system for recording nursing observations that once introduced enabled the Trust to move to the National Early Warning Score safely in a single day. The CCIO role includes being a link between clinicians and Coders – he has helped educate clinical colleagues in important aspects of record keeping for coding and worked with IT to enhance the hospital Electronic Patient Record to support accurate data collection.