I am a General and Specialist Paediatric Surgeon at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. I graduated from Leeds University in 1986 and I undertook General and Specialist surgical training in and around Manchester, Liverpool and Melbourne, Australia. In 1991, I became a Fellow of the Royal College of surgeons of England and then obtained my Specialty Fellowship in 1996. I was appointed Consultant Surgeon to the Manchester Children’s Hospitals in 1996, providing Specialist Surgery for infants and children in Pendlebury, Booth Hall and St Mary’s Hospitals; and latterly in the new Royal Mancheter Children's Hospital.
I have extensive experience of managing babies born with general neonatal conditions, for example gastroschisis, complex oesopahgeal atresia, Hirschsprung’s disease, and the problems of prematurity. In the older child child, I am experienced in the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, and have a long experience of managing the constipated child, which includes diagnosing and treating late-presenting Hirschsprung’s disease. I frequently manage babies, infants and children who require nutritional support, which might include performing gastrostomies or fundoplications. Vascular access procedures are a major component of the workload of a General Paediatric Surgeon; I may perform approximately over 50 per year.
I am an Approved Educational Supervisor for specialist Paediatric Surgical training and I am involved, in many capacities, with the University of Manchester. I present at local and national meetings on topics relevant to my practice. I also sit on the Paediatric Surgery Specialist Advisory Committee of the GMC.
As a consultant of 20 years, I have contributed to numerous hospital committees and working groups. These have included: Improving services for Young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Improving services for the non-communicating child, and the child with medical complexity, Major Trauma Centre working group, Children’s Intestinal Failure Service, Improving arrangements for ‘Transitional Care’ Surgical Representative Clinical Audit Group and Surgical Representative Hospital Mortality review group.