About me

For most of my career, I have been what I call a “fags and booze doc" (meaning I used to drink too much and smoke).  I was surprised and amused when I fell in love with lifestyle medicine.  I happened across lifestyle medicine, by accident, listening to health-related podcasts on my commute to work.  As a reformed "fags and booze doc", I am certainly not going to lecture you about what you should or shouldn't do.  I want to help you, if you want to be happier and healthier, by sharing, simple, reliable, health information and advice. 

My Struggles

Like many doctors, I am also a patient living with a chronic illness. When I was a medical student, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder (or manic depression.) It has taken me a long time to accept my illness and not fight against it. For many years, I felt I needed to prove I was as good as, if not better than, other people without my diagnosis. I suppose the truth was, I felt in some way lesser than my friends and colleagues because I had a mental illness. I've had a lot of therapy and I have come to accept my condition as part of who I am.

Through trial and error, I've learned what works for me and, more importantly, what doesn't. I no longer see myself as that different from anyone else. Anyone can become unwell, either physically or mentally, if they don’t look after themselves.

Like many people with bipolar, depression has been a much bigger problem for me, than mania. I now accept that if I want to avoid becoming depressed, then I need to look after myself and avoid the things that I have learned are bad for me.

My experiences as a patient have definitely made me a better and more understanding doctor. By living “my best life” and surrounding myself with trusted friends and family, I have been stable and well for many years and I am no longer scared of becoming mentally unwell. Long may it continue!

 

Qualifications

  

2022

Diploma in Lifestyle Medicine 

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine /  International Board of Lifestyle Medicine

2018

Breastfeeding Peer Support Skills

Level 2,  Aim Awards & Qualifications

2006

Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

2005

Membership of the Royal College Of General Practitioners passed with Distinction

Royal College Of General Practitioners

2004

Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology  

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

2000

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery 

University of Bristol

 

Experience

General Practice

2022

Locum GP Plymouth / Devon

2012 - 2021

Salaried GP Adelaide Street Surgery, Stonehouse, Plymouth

A busy, inner-city practice with a diverse practice population with high levels of social deprivation, asylum seekers/refugees, and patients with complex medical, social and psychological needs often combined with substance misuse issues.

2008 - 2012

Long-term locum,   Marlborough Street Surgery, Devonport, Plymouth

2007- 2008

GP Partner, Old Bridge Surgery, Looe

2006-2007

Locum GP Plymouth / Devon

 

Other Roles

2014 - ongoing

Occupational health provider for Stagecoach, Cotswold Medical Ltd

An interesting and complementary role to my GP work.  Clinics include occupational health assessments, pre-employment medicals and DVLA license renewal medicals.  I provide occupational health reports for the employer, which focus on function and ability and are written clearly and concisely, in plain English, avoiding medical jargon, with a clear, easy-to-follow, management plan.

2018 - 2020

Breastfeeding Peer Supporter   Dell Children’s Centre

2011 - 2014

GP Referral Facilitator, Devon Referral Support Services

2008 – 2014 Academic Tutor, Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth University

 

Enjoyed the brief... so much more I wanted to hear about"

- Kerry