I am Clinical Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster where I direct the Centre for Resilience. The Centre is researching ways of measuring resilience, researching it and improving it through biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotion and self-care. Our projects with NHS staff are an important and expanding focus (RCGP, Guys junior doctors, local NHS community trust staff). We are also developing programmes with staff and students within the University, and for leadership teams in two international companies – http://www.westminster.ac.uk/resilience
I worked as a GP, GP trainer and lecturer 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.
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 on this field of work. Until 2010 I chaired the British Holistic Medical Association (bhma.org) and I still edit its Journal of Holistic Healthcare. http://www.bhma.org/pages/journal.php
Depth psychology, systems theory, neuroscience, yoga and meditation have shaped the way I think about healthcare. My clinical work as a musculoskeletal physician is informed by osteopathy, acupuncture and body-oriented psychotherapy. I have 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 Library – http://selfcare-library.info