What is your role?
I am a general surgeon and I specialise in colorectal surgery. I’m also very committed to teaching medical students and encouraging them to become surgeons. I am Training Programme Director in the School of Surgery, for the East Midlands region.
What would you say to a young doctor considering where they would like to work?
The most important single factor in deciding when you pick any surgical job where you want to work is the people around you as you’ll probably be spending more time with them than your family over the next 30 years or more!
Our surgical colleagues here in Derby are excellent, indeed I’m married to another of my fellow colorectal surgeons, we all share the same high clinical standards, I have no concerns about one of my colleagues stepping in to look after a patient of mine, and we have excellent managers too with a real ‘can do’ attitude.
What do you like particularly about Derby Teaching Hospitals?
Here at the Royal Derby, we have a family feel. We’re a big hospital but we’re small enough for everyone to have a voice. It’s a great place to work as a surgeon and that’s what I tell my trainees.
It’s because of the special ‘feel’ of the hospital that we get the best trainees who want to come and work with us at the Royal Derby Hospital.