MBE, MBBS, FFFLM, DMJ, DAB
Sessional GP, GP Appraiser, Forensic Physician (General Forensic & Sexual Offence Medicine), Section 12 doctor
I have spent all of my working life in the North East of England. I joined a GP practice in 1978 and stayed there for 38 years. I was originally the token ‘lady doctor’ to deal with women and children’s care.
As a result of that I answered a request in 1989 from Durham Constabulary for a GP who would be prepared to undertake sexual assault work.
With virtually no training I embarked on SOM work. In 1998 I was sent on update training for police surgeons which was held at Harperley and I met the wonderful Michael Knight who encouraged me to attempt the DMJ. I discovered that I had absorbed a lot of general forensic knowledge and thoroughly enjoyed the preparation for the exam.
I started general police surgeon work (to fill in a vacancy for 2 months) in 2000 and carried on from there. I had also developed an interest in drug and alcohol issues and obtained the St George’s Postgraduate Diploma in Addictive Behaviour in 2002.
This was all done alongside full time GP and family and horses.
Durham opened its’ SARC in August 2004.
I became a Foundation Member of the FFLM in 2006 and became involved with the Introductory Course for FMEs which was still being run at Harperley Hall in County Durham with Professor Ian Wall and Dr Margaret Stark. As a result of this involvement I was awarded Fellowship of the FFLM in 2009.
We acquired CCPs (custody care practitioners) from nursing and paramedic backgrounds and from 2011 have been an NHS service contracted to the police.
I was awarded the MBE in 2011 for ‘services to policing’.
I am also an appraiser, Section 12 doctor and a member of the North of England Approvals Panel (for appointment of Section 12 doctors).
In 2019 I was appointed as Treasurer of the FFLM.
I continued to do both GFM and SOM until this year when COVID came along and has made life very difficult.