Dr Hammond graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School in 1980 and has trained in general medicine and rheumatology in Bristol, the Royal National Hospital (Bath), Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London) and St Bartholomews Hospital (London).
As an ARC Fellow he undertook doctoral research into the pathology of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and was awarded an MD in 1991, appointed consultant physician and rheumatologist at Maidstone Hospital in 1992 and elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1996.
Over the last 10 years, Dr Hammond has developed an interest in, and skill with interventional management of back and neck problems. Informed by the training and protocols of the International Spinal Interventional Society, Dr Hammond has an active practise using precision techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic back and neck pain including sciatica, brachialgia, whiplash, facet an disc related problems.
Dr Hammond has an active interest in other major areas of rheumatology, and supervises a large multi-disciplinary NHS rheumatology practice.