Mr Michael Dooley – Women’s Clinical Lead, and College Treasurer.
Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Dorset County Hospital. His special interest is reproductive endocrinology with particular expertise in infertility, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and sports gynaecology. He has attended three Olympic Games as British Team Doctor. Mr Dooley has established The Poundbury Clinics as centres of excellence providing an integrated approach to women’s health.
Dame Professor Donna Kinnair DBE RGN HV LLB MA – Nursing Lead
Donna joined the RCN as head of Nursing on 1st June 2015, providing leadership to the Nursing departments. Donna was then promoted and joined the RCN Executive Team to Director of Nursing, Policy & Practice, effective from 1st January 2016, where her key role is to work with the UK-wide RCN staff to drive and implement the future RCN Professional Nursing, Policy & Practice strategy. Donna held various roles, prior to joining the RCN, including clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.
Dr Nigel Hewett OBE MB ChB DRCOG DCH FRCGP – National Lead for Inclusion Health.
Dr Nigel Hewett is a General Practitioner who has worked with homeless people since 1990. In 2000 he set up the full time Leicester Homeless Primary Healthcare Service; this is now Inclusion Healthcare, a community interest company judged “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to homeless people. In 2009 he launched University College London Hospital’s Pathway homeless team. In 2010 he was a founder member of the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health of the College of Medicine and in 2011 became Medical Director of Pathway – a new Charity formed to improve the health care of homeless people and other excluded groups and support the Faculty. In 2014 he edited the 2nd edition of the Faculty Standards for Inclusion Health, which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians. There are now 10 Pathway hospital care coordination teams from Bradford to Brighton and teams being developed in Scotland, Ireland and Perth Australia.
Laura Marshall Andrews – GP Lead
Laura founded the Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre in 2013. The Centre is an NHS GP surgery which has an integrated team of Complementary Therapists and a Healing Arts Centre. The Healing Arts Centre run programmes in Dance, Drawing and Film making, Art psychotherapy, Narrative workshops, Singing Groups and a Wellbeing Gallery. The programmes are funded through the Robin Hood Health Foundation, a charitable trust set up alongside the practice. Laura is also pioneering a ‘Slow Medicine’ programme in collaboration with Prof Helen Smith and the University of Sussex.
The practice has recently begun Narrative Workshops for clinicians as part of a resilience program for doctors and nurses in Primary Care. In November 2014 they won Innovators of the Year in the GP Awards.
Laura Neilson – Social prescribing Lead
Laura Neilson is a junior doctor and founder of Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC; a not-for-profit community interest company that provides NHS GP services in Greater Manchester. She sees the College of Medicine (CoM) as a place to “think differently beyond the usual spheres of health and medicine”. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, Pilates, going to church, sewing, watching history documentaries and breaking up squabbles between her three sons.
Ally Jaffee – Student Nutrition Lead
A medical student at Bristol University, Ally has conducted extensive research into the role nutrition and food play in the prevention and management of chronic conditions.
Volunteering for the College of Medicine since 2016, when she helped at the ‘Food. The forgotten Medicine.’ conference, she has endeavoured to raise awareness around the importance of nutrition and diet amongst her peers by founding the UK’s first Nutrition in Medicine Society (NIMS), which provides a platform to promote nutrition education for medical students.
As Student Nutrition Lead, Ally is actively engaged in promoting and organising events that encourage future practitioners to get involved in changing current perspectives on health, using Hippocrates’ message ‘let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food’ as a core concept.
Dr Eleni Tsiompanou – Palliative Care Lead
Dr Eleni Tsiompanou is a Palliative Care Consultant whose experience has taken her from the clinic and laboratory to Penny Brohn UK, an integrative oncology centre, and to creating the Health Being Institute. She has influenced palliative care practice on a national UK level in her role as Chair of the ‘Food and Nutrition Group’ at Hospice UK.
Eleni combines her Palliative & End-of-Life-Care experience with her post-graduate scientific training in Nutritional Medicine and Ayurveda and her lifelong interest in “History and Philosophy of Medicine and Sciences”. She asks questions and aims to bring together the science of the present with the wisdom of the past. Eleni is a passionate speaker, writer and blogger, holding regular workshops in central London for healthcare professionals and the general public.
Bogdan Chiva Giurca – National Student Champion for Social Prescribing
Bogdan is an award-winning undergraduate medical student with a strong passion for medical leadership and innovation. He is currently the National Student Champion for Social Prescribing and the founder of the newly established National Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme. The scheme has been created to enable medical students – the generation of today, and the future doctors of tomorrow – to get involved in learning about, teaching, and promoting Social Prescribing within their region.
In the past, the medical school curriculum has been established with little involvement from medical students. Bogdan is hoping that medical students can stand up and request to be taught concepts that will be key to their future practice. Bogdan is looking forward to collaborating with as many medical students nationally to put this puzzle together and to attempt introducing Social Prescribing into the undergraduate and postgraduate medical school curriculum.
Dr William Bird MBE – Nature Lead
Dr William Bird is a GP with more than three decades’ experience in physical activity, nature and health. He has been instrumental in setting up nationally recognisable schemes such as Green Gyms and Healthy Walks.
William is co-editor of the recently published Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and BBC Wildlife magazine voted him one of the top 30 influential conservationists in the UK.
As CEO and Founder of Intelligent Health, he has developed Beat the Street, a physical activity intervention programme delivered in towns and cities across the UK and Europe.
In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for his services towards physical activity and health
David Peters – Lead for Practitioner Resilience and Wellbeing
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, and improving it through lifestyle change, biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotion and self-care. http://www.centreforresilience.co.uk I am particularly interested in doctors’ wellbeing.
My clinical work (as a musculoskeletal physician) is informed by my time in general practice as well as by osteopathy, acupuncture and body-oriented psychotherapy. I have a specialty 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)
Since the early 1990s I have led on a series of projects bringing non-pharmaceutical treatments (including osteopathy and acupuncture) into the NHS. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework I was awarded a 4 star rating for my impact in this field of work. I am Editor in Chief the Journal of Holistic Healthcare. http://www.bhma.org/pages/journal.php
Dr Mike Cummings – Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine
Mike is Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). This is a full time post that involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic (LTC), co-ordinating and lecturing on BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as an associate editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at various academic and political meetings. Mike is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he supports acupuncture services. His principal academic and clinical interest is musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes.
After completing his medical degree at Leeds, and several hospital jobs in the north of England, Mike joined the Royal Air Force for a six and a half year short service commission. A substantial portion of the workload for a general duties medical officer (GDMO) in the RAF is musculoskeletal medicine. Mike came across acupuncture by accident whilst working as a GDMO. He followed his interest in musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture on retiring from military service, and finally found himself occupied full time in the field of acupuncture (see start of the piece).
Simon Y. Mills MA FCPP – Lead for Self-Care
Simon Mills is a member of the College of Medicine Council. He is a Cambridge graduate in medical sciences who has since 1977 been a herbal practitioner and natural therapist in Exeter. In that time he has led the main organizations for herbal medicine in the UK (the British Herbal Medicine Association, the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy, and National Institute of Medical Herbalists) and served on Government and House of Lords committees. Since 1997 he has been Secretary of ESCOP, the lead herbal scientific network in Europe, that produces defining monographs on herbal medicines for the European Medicines Agency. He has also written award-winning seminal herbal medicine textbooks, notably with Kerry Bone the two editions of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy and the Essential Book of Herbal Safety. He has long been involved in academic work having co-founded the world’s first University centre for complementary health in Exeter (1987), the first integrated health course at a UK medical school at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter (2000) and the first masters degree programme in herbal medicine in the USA (2001). He has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals including full clinical trials with herbal medicines, and has supervised 10 successful doctorate theses. Simon is currently building a new role for healthcare practitioners as ‘health guides. With health workbooks, training programmes, community projects and websites (www.ourmedicine.net and www.guides.healthcare).
James Wood MPharm (Hons) FRPharmS – Lead for Pharmacy & Medicines
James is the College of Medicine lead for Pharmacy & Medicines. A Pharmacist with a wealth of experience, James is passionate about the role of Pharmacy teams working in partnership with others to engage patients in effective personalised use of medicines, along with supporting citizens in wider health and wellbeing issues.
He is currently Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Surrey & Sussex, representing and supporting over 600 pharmacies across the South East of England to the NHS and local authorities.
Prior to this, James was Superintendent Pharmacist and a co-owner at Wicker Pharmacy in Sheffield, one of the UK’s leading independent pharmacies. He pioneered the use of NHS Summary Care Records in Community Pharmacies, in addition to developing a number of innovative patient centred initiative that are now widely commissioned across the NHS.
James has also worked in a number of large acute NHS Trusts, latterly transforming Outpatient Pharmacy Services as Managing Director of a social enterprise startup company. This project has been recognised by the Health Service Journal.
James qualified as a Pharmacist in 2004 after completing his undergraduate studies at Aston University in Birmingham. During his pre-registration year he was President of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association – the official students’ organisation of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
More recently, James was a board member of the National Pharmacy Association and a Trustee of the Health Education Foundation. In 2018 he was awarded a fellowship of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the advancement of pharmacy practice. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
James lives in central London with his partner. Follow James on Twitter @jameswwood
We are delighted to have food industry insider Simon Tuckey as our Amabassador. Simon has spent most of his career in the food industry in the UK and overseas. In the last 10 years he has branched into other areas like house building, healthcare and sport but has, in the last 2 years, returned to food with the launch of Tuckey’s Proper Biscuits. Read his longer biography and aspirations.
She became a Lu Jong yoga teacher in 2014 as she was inspired by her personal experience of yoga’s amazing health benefits and wanted to share this in a dynamic way with her patients and the public by teaching. Her first experience of yoga was at the age of 6 while attending Hindi School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She only resumed regular yoga practice in the UK when she moved here in 2001 to pursue her medical career.
Doug Richards – Lead for the College of Medicine Food Programme
Doug leads the Food Programme for The College of Medicine including their annual Food Conference. He is also co founder and CEO of Sano which brings delicious healthy food together with online nutrition courses for students studing all over the world and a cooking school in London helping everyone take control of their health through food.
Prior to co-founding Sano, Doug has over 25 years of experience gained in the corporate world as CFO at NewDay plc, CEO at CMC Markets, Group COO and Group Finance Director at Goldfish Bank and AWD Holdings and Divisional Board Director at Centrica for 11 years.
Heather Richards – Nutrition Lead
Heather is the College of Medicine lead for Nutrition. A Nutritional Therapist, Heather is passionate about bringing nutrition education to medics and all healthcare practitioners enabling surgeries to work in partnership to bring a lifestyle medicine approach and nutritional guidance to their patients.
She is a co-founder and the Director of Nutrition of Sano that brings healthy food to Londoners, educates through an online nutrition school and teaches how to cook healthy food.
Prior to co-founding Sano with her husband Doug, Heather was a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. When she was bringing up their 3 daughters she became interested in nutrition and discovered its power in healing eczema and supporting a healthy lifestyle.
She trained as a Nutritional Therapist at the College of Naturopathic Medicine where in 2014 she was awarded ‘Overall Academic & Clinic Results in Nutrition.’
After qualifying she set up a clinic helping hundreds of patients. However Heather is passionate about spreading her knowledge to help as many people as possible with their health and careers in wellness and co-founded Sano to do just that!