I am Emeritus Professor of Integrated Healthcare in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Westminster where, before retiring from full time academic life in 2018, I co-founded and directed the Westminster Centre for Resilience. The Centre continues to research resilience and ways of improving it through biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotions and self-care. Our ongoing work is exploring ways to support flourishing in medical education and practice (RCGP, Guys and Thomas Trust), and through immersive woodland retreats for NHS staff which are proving regenerative for all who have been involved.
I worked as a GP, GP trainer and Research Fellow at St Marys medical school, before studying osteopathic medicine. From 1990 until 2005 I directed the complementary therapies programme at Marylebone NHS Health Centre, a ground-breaking Central London GP unit exploring new approaches to inner city healthcare. I have led on a series of projects evaluating non-pharmaceutical treatments in the NHS, the most recent being the Atlas Men’s Mental Wellbeing Project in Central London.
I have co-authored six books and many articles about integrating complementary and conventional healthcare. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework I was awarded a 4 star rating for my impact in this field of work. Until 2010 I chaired the British Holistic Medical Association (bhma.org) and I now edit its Journal of Holistic Healthcare. https://bhma.org/item/journal/?sfw=pass1629906333
Depth psychology, systems theory, neuroscience, yoga and meditation have shaped the way I think about healthcare, and until I left clinical practice in 2019 my clinical work as a musculoskeletal physician was greatly influenced by osteopathy, acupuncture and body-oriented psychotherapy. I had a particular interest in health problems where resilience has broken down (including PTSD), or where pain and fatigue overlap, and in aspects of self-care for long-term conditions - for which we developed the online Self Care Toolkit - https://selfcaretoolkit.net